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Califone captivate the High Noon with stirring indie pop from throughout their 17-year career

In their visit to the High Noon Saloon Thursday night, Califone rewarded audience members who braved negative temperatures with a quietly uplifting show that covered multiple decades of their repertoire. >More
 Patty Griffin covers all the bases with remarkably different albums American Kid and Silver Bell

In 2013 Patty Griffin showed just how far she's come in her career, so her 2014 tour, which stops at the High Noon Saloon on Jan. 29, should be full of amazing performances. Last May the singer-songwriter released American Kid, her first album of all-new material since 2007's Children Running Through. Then October brought Silver Bell, an album recorded in 2000 but never officially released by A&M Records. >More
 Four nights at FRZN Fest 2014: From Lizzo to Superchunk

When the third annual FRZN Fest stormed into Madison this past weekend, it was anything but frigid. Ranging from hip-hop to desert folk to Diarrhea Planet, four nights of shows at the High Noon Saloon kept the crowd's eardrums toasty. >More
 Kick winter to the curb with these 40 touring pop concerts in Madison

Now that the days are getting a tad longer and warmer, you can put a bit of your heat-and-electricity budget toward something truly hot and electrifying: live music by some of the most exciting touring acts in the business. >More
 UW music professor Richard Davis to receive prestigious jazz award at Lincoln Center

Richard Davis, a UW music professor and world-renowned jazz bassist, will be honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship at New York City's Lincoln Center on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The NEA will livestream the awards ceremony and a related concert that evening. >More
 Horseshoes & Hand Grenades gallop into Madison music scene with This Old Town

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades made a big mark on Madison's concert calendar in 2013, gigging with local bands as well as national acts like the Infamous Stringdusters and Pert' Near Sandstone. Every show, it seems, is a celebration. They'll headline the Majestic Theatre's Wisconsin Bluegrass Festival (Saturday, Jan. 11) then bring down the Stoughton Opera House with Charlie Parr (Saturday, March 15). >More
 A polar vortex of rock at FRZN Fest 2014

Now in its third year, FRZN Festival has solidified its role in Madison's music scene, bringing up-and-coming acts to town at a time of year the concert calendar gets mighty sparse. It also serves as a kickoff for the awesome shows to come in the early part of 2014. >More
 Andrew Sewell, the malleable maestro of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

A passion for conducting doesn't always develop in glamorous concert halls packed with admirers. It's often passed down from masters to fledglings on drafty stages and in rooms cluttered with music scores. That's how it happened for New Zealand-born Andrew Sewell, music director and conductor of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. >More
 Field Report show off their local roots at the Wisconsin Folk Festival

When Field Report take the Majestic's stage for the Wisconsin Folk Fest on Jan. 4, the performance won't just mark their first show of the year. It will demonstrate just how far Milwaukee's Chris Porterfield and company have come as they march toward the release of their second album. >More
 My top Madison albums of 2013

Madison has cultivated great blues, jazz and jam rock for ages, but electronic music and new breeds of psychedelia have adopted larger roles in recent years, especially in 2013. While several of my favorite albums from the past 12 months traverse well-worn guitar-rock territory, I was pleasantly surprised by many local recordings featuring programming, synths and sounds culled from field recordings. >More
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