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Aaron Williams' rock riffs power the bluesy Hoodoo

Since he formed the blues-rock outfit Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo in 2007, Aaron Williams has emerged as one of Madison's hardest-working musicians. He plays more than 180 shows a year. He describes himself as a self-employed traveling musician, not a recording artist. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra returns in 2010 with 20th-century works

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra begins the new year with the perfect cold-weather concert, Friday in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. "Concerto for String Orchestra" by Grazyna Bacewicz jumpstarts 2010 with fiery energy. Then Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto Andaluz" transports us to sunny Spain, and "Variaciones Concertantes," Alberto Ginastera's masterpiece in 12 movements, explores Argentina from its great wide plains to the urban glitter of Buenos Aires. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: Kids' Day at the High Noon, Jazz at Five applications

Children's entertainer and musician David Landau is presenting the annual "Kids Day at the High Noon" for a fifth year on Saturday, Jan. 23 >More
 Madison Theatre Guild and Madison Savoyards' Tarantara! Tarantara! feels not quite finished

"More lively! More lively!" cry W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan at one point in the first act of Tarantara! Tarantara!, as they urge a new cast member to put more energy into a song. The new singer has the idea, but he's unpolished and his performance falls flat. It was a good metaphor for opening night of the Madison Theatre Guild and Madison Savoyards' production of the show. >More
 So long, Smart Studios

But that building, the legendary Smart Studios, is one of the liveliest places in town. It has been for more than 25 years, even when it was just two guys, an eight-track tape recorder and a tiny collection of microphones. Over the years, Smart was a rock 'n' roll refuge for more than 1,000 bands who recorded there. >More
 According to Meteorade, life was grand in the 1990s

Now that the 2010s have started, it's time for a return to the 1990s, at least if Meteorade have anything to say about it. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: DAIS benefit, Wild Heart, The Shtetlblasters, songwriters

A weekly update about upcoming concerts and notes on the local scene. >More
 Merch mania

It was one of the coldest nights of winter 2009, but the Wisco was sweltering with rock 'n' roll. The Goodnight Loving were in from Milwaukee, Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons were in top form, and the Midwest Beat's Matt Joyce did a scorching solo set. The only band I'd missed was the Hussy. I'd caught the tail end of their set on three different occasions and was hoping this night would be different. >More
 The Hussy don't overthink their frenetic punk

The Hussy's energetic blasts of melodic garage punk once caught the attention of the folks who run the venerable Olympia, Wash., indie label Kill Rock Stars. Their song "The Snake" was picked as the label's demo of the week in the fall of 2008. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: Kikeh Mato, Jay Iverson, open mikes

Madison djembefola (master djembe player) Mandjou Mara moved here in 2008 from his native Guinea. There he was a member of Les Percussions de Guinee and Tayeli of Kaporo, formed drum and dance ensemble Limanya de la Guinee, and also performed as a griot, a singer/poet carrying on the oral history tradition. >More
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