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BandSwap returns to Madison for 2014

Last year Madison participated in BandSwap, a project designed to enrich and publicize eight cities' music scenes. This year it will take part again, on a larger scale, with five bands representing the local music community. Musicians can nominate themselves on through June 8. After that, the Madison Arts Commission will select the 2014 participants. >More
 Headliners announced for summer 2014 outdoor concerts in Madison

Now that the start of summer is a few weeks away, live-music lineups for the season's outdoor events are popping up left and right. Touring acts are the centerpiece at the UW Memorial Union Terrace, Marquette Waterfront Festival and Live on King Street. >More
 Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl emerge as formidable songsmiths in the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Sean Lennon hasn't exactly shied away from associations with his famous parents. He works with his mother, Yoko Ono, in her Plastic Ono Band. With his own band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, he courts comparisons with his late father, John Lennon, by creating psychedelic music reminiscent of late-period Beatles. >More
 Yahara Music Library is a new way to check out Madison albums

In recent years Madison Public Library has transformed into an innovation hub that draws all sorts of creative types. The new Central Library teems with forward-thinking features, including a media lab where patrons can design videogames and maker-focused Bubbler programming that ranges from audio engineering workshops to community art projects. It's also the birthplace of the Yahara Music Library, a collection of locally made music that cardholders can stream online and download to a variety of devices. >More
 How Bob Dylan bombed in Madison

Once upon a time, Bob Dylan wasn't good enough for Madison. The budding singer briefly lived here in the early 1960s. Dylan had left the University of Minnesota after only a year, ready to conquer the national folk scene. His friends scoffed, since he hadn't even conquered the Minneapolis folk scene yet. >More
 Anna Laube's catchy folk-pop is designed to lift spirits

"It's the biggest project I've ever worked on, including my college thesis, and probably college in general," says local singer-songwriter Anna Laube. She's referring to her yet-to-be-titled third album, which she hopes to release within the next few months. >More
 Brat Fest nights start early on Lifest Christian rock stage

When the World's Largest Brat Fest returns to the Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island May 23-26, it will sound a bit different than usual. Tim Metcalfe, president of event sponsor Metcalfe's Market, has added Christian rock and a Sunday worship service to the celebration of sausage, songs and charitable giving. >More
 Madison musicians, comedians and dancers explore the concept of affection at the Acts of Love Old-School Variety Show

Love plays muse to a variety of creative expressions, so it's fitting that local artist Mallory Shotwell organized a variety show featuring music, dance and comedy for her most recent project, A Discourse on Love. >More
 Wooing the WAMIs: Madison musicians make a strong showing at the statewide awards gala

Milwaukee musicians tend to dominate the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards, the statewide equivalent of the Madison Area Music Awards. But Madison artists stole the 34th annual awards show, which took place in Appleton on April 27. PHOX was crowned best new band, Sexy Ester's Lyndsay Evans earned the title of best female vocalist, and Volcano Choir's Repave was named Wisconsin album of the year. >More
 Kelly Hogan, belting tunes and blowing minds

It's mid-afternoon on a spring day when I speak with Kelly Hogan, Neko Case's star backup singer. She's at her home in Evansville, Wis., about a half-hour drive from Madison, and she apologizes for seeming a little groggy. >More
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