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The city welcomes summer with hundreds of outdoor concerts during Make Music Madison 2014

The second annual Make Music Madison was a rousing success, so rousing that it had locals singing and dancing on sidewalks, in parks and even at the library. Nearly 400 concerts took place at more than 100 local venues, including the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, where Isthmus Jazz Festival headliners Richard Davis and Willie Pickens performed. >More
 Little Red Wolf find their niche in the twangy pop of Junk Sparrow

"What's amazing to me is that all four of us got along so well, pretty much instantly," Emily Mills says of her four-piece folk-pop band, Little Red Wolf. The group's members all performed in other local acts before joining forces in 2008. On June 26 they'll release Junk Sparrow, their follow-up to 2010's If Only We Were Just Like We Are. >More
 Duke Ellington's love letter to the University of Wisconsin-Madison

In the early 1970s, the University of Wisconsin-Madison made an extraordinary gesture for the time. It granted jazz composer Duke Ellington an honorary doctorate and mounted a weeklong festival of his music. It even gave Duke and the members of his orchestra the rare opportunity to conduct master classes. >More
 Make Music Madison 2014 offers nearly 400 ways to seize the day with song on June 21

Now in its second year, Make Music Madison bills itself as a concert extravaganza that's intended to be enjoyed by everyone. But that's not all: The event's also a chance to seize the day on the summer solstice, June 21. It encourages local residents to give performing a try, even those who've never picked up an instrument. >More
 Find the Wisconsin curiosities in this photo of PHOX

Can you find all of the Wisconsin curiosities in the basement of PHOX, the Madison-area band covered in this week's Isthmus? Hint: There are at least a dozen. >More
 PHOX: From the basement to the big time

It took quite a while for Matt Holmen, Jason Sean Krunnfusz, Monica Martin, Dave and Matteo Roberts, and Zach Johnston to get to this point. Despite growing up in the same town, a lot of things had to fall into place to bring the six musicians together under one roof. It took even more for all those elements to create PHOX. >More
 Madison Area Music Awards 2014 are one small part of a big effort to empower local performers

With new honors for roadies and children's music, performances by acts like Kyle Henderson and Son Contrabando, and proceeds benefiting music education, the 11th annual Madison Area Music Awards will celebrate the talent, drive and diversity in the local music scene. The awards ceremony takes place on June 22 at Overture Center, after a red-carpet event that aspires to out-glitz the Grammys. >More
 Misfits member Jerry Only is dad of the year at Madison's Our Lady Queen of Peace School

Around the world, Jerry Only is best known as the cofounder, bassist and sometime vocalist of seminal horror-punk band Misfits. But in Madison his biggest claim to fame is being the father of Eva, a second grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. >More
 Jeremiah Nelson carves memorable folk songs out of sundry memories for Whittier

Jeremiah Nelson is forever revising his work. It's one reason the local folk artist is such a strong songwriter. But at some point, the meticulous tune-whittling must stop. This was the case with his new EP, Whittier. >More
 The Frequency hires concert promoter Shah Evans to book Madison hip-hop acts

Madison hip-hop artists may finally have a supportive local venue thanks to a collaboration between two local figures with a passion for the genre. Joining the payroll at the Frequency is Shah Evans, an independent concert promoter who's also the vice president of the Urban Community Arts Network, an organization that advocates for Madison-area hip-hop acts. >More
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