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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
 My favorite concerts of 2009, in Madison and (slightly) beyond

Recorded music only takes you so far. My soundtrack is constantly recharged by live music. I saw more than 40 shows in 2009, some notable ones out of town. What follows are my favorite concerts close to home -- in Madison and Milwaukee and, as it happened, Fort Atkinson. >More
 In an iTunes era, WORT serves up human contact

Beer brewers know wort as the sugary stuff that makes alcohol when it's teamed with yeast. However, Madison's most popular wort -- WORT 89.9 FM -- isn't a beer ingredient but a radio station that teams with the community to brew a heady blend of music, news and more. >More
 Madison music shops release best of 2009 lists

A sure sign that Old Man Time has sent a lot of calendars to the recycling bin is the appearance of staff picks compilations at local independent record stores. During the season when retrospective lists are seemingly being compiled for everything, lists of favorite records can actually be useful beyond inspiring heated debate among music nerds. >More
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