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MUSIC

Bassist extraordinaire Richard Davis to headline the 2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival

In its search for a 2014 headliner, the Isthmus Jazz Festival found a superstar close to home. Richard Davis is not only a longtime music professor at the UW-Madison, but an internationally celebrated jazz bassist. He will perform with pianist Willie Pickens on Saturday, June 21, in the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Sons of Atom turn infuriating news reports into punchy punk songs

Tim Radl watches the news, gets pissed off and then writes songs. That's the modus operandi for the vocalist and guitarist of Sons of Atom, a punchy rock trio consisting of Madison musicians who've done time in countless local bands, including Digibot, the Madtown Vipers, the OuttaTunes and the Low Czars. >More
 Project M goes retro in season six

It all started with Iron Chef. Six years ago, 105.5 Triple M's former program director, Pat Gallagher, asked himself a question while watching the popular cooking show: If people like watching dueling chefs, then why not dueling musicians? Project M, Triple M's songwriting competition, was born soon after. >More
 William Farlow says goodbye to University Opera with Berlioz's take on a beloved Shakepeare comedy

After 16 seasons directing the University Opera, William Farlow will retire with a farewell production of Hector Berlioz's comic opera masterpiece Béatrice et Bénédict. Though Farlow will no longer oversee productions at the UW, he will continue to serve as artistic adviser for Madison's Fresco Opera Theatre. >More
 Spring Green's Shitty Barn teems with local and national talent in 2014 season

It's easy to giggle at the Shitty Barn's name, but the Spring Green concert venue's May-through-October music lineup is more likely to elicit expressions of awe. Announced at a recent house show in Madison, the roster includes national touring acts such as dapper roots musician Pokey LaFarge (July 1) and no-nonsense Nashville country artist J.P. Harris (Aug. 27), plus talented local rockers like El Valiente and Icarus Himself (June 4). >More
 Touring acts kick back in Madison after the hustle and bustle of SXSW 2014

Austin, Texas, becomes a magnet for musicians each March, when South by Southwest takes over the city. Hotels, museums and barbecue joints become makeshift concert venues, and performers often squeeze multiple shows into a day, hoping to cross paths with music-industry VIPs. Sets can shrink to just a song or two if a concert is behind schedule, sound systems can malfunction, and crowds can grow to unfathomable sizes. >More
 Revelry Music & Arts Festival 2014 announces lineup and move to Langdon Street

Last May the UW launched the Revelry Music & Arts Festival as an alternative to the booze-soaked Mifflin Street Block Party. The outdoor event returns on May 3 from noon to 10 p.m., rain or shine, along with beer and other refreshments. But live music remains the focus. >More
 Make Music Madison recruiting performers and venues for June 2014 fest

Make Music Madison, a citywide celebration of song slated for June 21, has started accepting registration materials from potential performers and performance venues. Sign-up takes place until May 15, through a locally produced "matchmaking" program that pairs musicians with places to play. Volunteers may also register through the program. >More
 Whitney Mann returns with a live recording after going back to college

Whitney Mann has had a busy couple of years. Although the country singer and songwriter has laid low for the first part of 2014, that's about to change. She recently started a vlog where she performs and discusses her songs, one video at a time. And on March 28, she'll record her first live album at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Say hello to spring with 18 fresh local concerts in Madison

After a seemingly endless barrage of polar vortexes, spring is finally here to soothe poor Madison's freezer burn. It was a long slog, and a lot of us survived by hibernating with a few good records. But now that weather conditions have climbed down from "life-threatening," we're all clear to get back out there and support our local music scene. To that end, Isthmus has picked out a dozen and a half local shows to help defrost frozen ears, feet, hearts and minds. >More
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