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MUSIC

Yid Vicious celebrates the holiday with chutzpah

The members of Yid Vicious just observed their 14th anniversary, but not until Saturday, Feb. 27, the Jewish holiday of Purim, will they really fete the night away. That's when they'll team up with Stevens Point's Shuvani Belly Dance Troupe and the Sockrates Sock Puppet Players for a full evening of revelry, storytelling and music at the Frequency. >More
 pat mAcdonald teams with uw pRess

You don't often see local pop music in a university press catalog. And for musicians, so few marketing opportunities arise at grouse-appreciation events. But leave it to Wisconsin music veteran pat mAcdonald. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Wilco at Overture with Stirratt, Sansone (video)

Ben Reiser checks out the scene at Saturday night's Wilco show at Overture Hall. In addition to some thrilled fans, he runs into the band's bass player John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone. >More
 Wilco plays dramatic, generous set at Overture Hall

Wilco, America's shiniest rock object, showed up for work Saturday night at 8:30 on the dot. High expectations among the sold-out Overture Hall crowd had soared even higher Friday with news that the group would live stream their Madison performance. Would the boys bring it even harder with world-wide screens blinking? The answer is yes. >More
 Broadway's Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley get back to the Midwest at Union Theater

Depending on your musical proclivities, the biggest thing to come out of Rockford, Ill. is either Cheap Trick or Marin Mazzie. Mazzie and her husband, Jason Danieley, have been dubbed "Broadway's golden couple" and have performed at the likes of Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and London's West End. Yet for one night, Madisonians had them all to ourselves at the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: Smart Studios documentary; reuniting bands, Smart tapes

The recent announcement that Madison institution Smart Studios is closing reverberated throughout the local music scene and triggered memories of the nondescript building at 1254 E. Washington Ave. A call for materials was issued by filmmaker and musician Wendy Schneider, who has started work on a documentary about the storied recording space. >More
 Anna Wang finds a calling in guitar pop

Anna Wang spends a lot of time shrugging off the silly things that concern other people. "I can remember being in high school," she says, "and all my girlfriends were crying because their boobs weren't as big as other girls', and I would always be like, 'Can you stop talking now so I can go back to writing songs?'" >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: The Wizenhiemers reunite

When you think about Madison's 1990s rock scene, one of the first acts that comes to mind is The Wizenhiemers. The group's career spanned the decade, and they played everywhere from local rooms like the Club de Wash to New York's CBGBs. They'll hit the stage for a reunion show this Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Bean. >More
 Madison musicians are passionate about their favorite love songs

In the pop canon there are songs about death, surfing and job-stealing Japanese robots, but music's most enduring theme is love. >More
 Brazil's Luciana Souza looks to poets for inspiration

If you're looking for a fun way to start your Valentine's Day weekend, you could do worse than Brazilian singer Luciana Souza's concert Friday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. But the evening will cover a lot more than just romance. >More
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