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My top music finds of 2009

The albums that burrow their way into my collection aren't always the most cleverly engineered or perfectly produced. It's the ones that suck me in with a great hook, lull me into submission with atmosphere or shock me out of my usual listening habits that tend to stick around in my mind and on my stereo. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Mercury Players benefit, Malt House tunes, solstice jazz

The holidays are a time for giving, and special concerts. A trio of local ensembles will combine the two when they unite to raise money for Mercury Players Theatre with a show Thursday, Dec. 17, at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 The top 10 Madison albums of 2009

Rich Albertoni chooses 10 releases that represent the musical characteristics of our time. They're high on instrumentals, electronics and the experimental song structures of the genre that's come to be called indie rock. >More
 Charlemagne takes Europe

Charlemagne was Carl Johns' swaggering indie-pop project. Johns came to Madison from southern Indiana in the late 1990s and played a leading role in changing the primary brand of local rock from roots/blues to indie. This weekend, Johns returns to play his first Madison shows in two years. >More
 Wondrous Dave Rawlings Machine stuns the High Noon Saloon

Midway through last night's show, the Dave Rawlings Machine rolled to the curb for a rest when Ketch Secor looked up from tuning his fiddle and asked, "How are the Packers doing?" No one answered. The game was blinking over the bar at the High Noon Saloon, but no one knew the score. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: SweetGrass, Moustache Bash, Norah Jones

One of Madison's newer bluegrass outfits, SweetGrass, took the top spot in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Race for a Place competition during the recent Harvest Jam weekend, held Nov. 20-22 in Minneapolis. SweetGrass' performance earned the band a slot at next August's Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival >More
 Dave Rawlings takes the lead in his latest project with Gillian Welch

In a way, Dave Rawlings decided to play against his strengths. One of the most acclaimed contemporary guitar players, Rawlings made his mark teaming up with one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Gillian Welch. >More
 UW orchestra and Despite the Chaos join forces

Rock and classical music may seem like strange bedfellows, but if you examine the evidence, they've been having a love affair for quite some time. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Cardinal Bar, Escape Java Joint, John Sarris

The renovated and re-opened Cardinal Bar will be observing its 35th anniversary from Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. >More
 Charles Walker Band moves beyond traditional blues

Charles Walker is a musician in search of a genre. "This CD strays more from the blues," says Walker, 32. "It's more restless and more political." >More
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