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The Selfish Gene grabs Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2009 title

Sleek, solemn rock trio The Selfish Gene prevailed last night at the Frequency in the final round of Isthmus Band to Band Combat, the local-music contest staged by your favorite Madison alternative newsweekly. The runner-up was The Midwest Beat, the quartet whose brisk pop songs are drenched in Mersey Sound jangle. The winner was chosen by club patrons, who cast votes. >More
 Art, commerce and that pesky star system

Those who regularly attend Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts must frequently look at the program and wonder, "Why did they choose this piece?" or "Why don't they ever play that piece?" A full season of orchestral programs must, of course, be planned as a totality. So how is repertoire chosen? Who makes the decisions -- one person, a group of them, a committee? And what are the factors to be taken into account? >More
 The United Sons of Toil are darkly political

It's not fair: Russell Hall's Google results are way more interesting than mine. While I find camera lenses and Craigslist bargains, the front man of local math-rock-meets-post-punk trio the United Sons of Toil unearths stories about colonial regimes that are metaphors for everyday power struggles. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Daniel and the Lion, Funk Out Cancer!, Ironworks Cafe

Folk-rockers Daniel and the Lion have built a local following in less than a year, and they will offer an opportunity for fans to put their audience skills to use at a live DVD filming at the High Noon Saloon on Tuesday, Nov. 24. >More
 Sir James Galway goes for laughs with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

For its 50th anniversary concert, Saturday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presented three works of the twentieth century, and one not. >More
 Whitney Mann's rural roots inspire country songs

Whitney Mann grew up the daughter of a grain farmer in tiny Camden, Mich., a town with a population of 500 lodged between the Saint Joseph River and the Indiana state line. In Camden, one school building houses all students, kindergarten through high school. The post office and the community park are the sum of all local landmarks. >More
 The Midwest Beat and The Selfish Gene are your Band to Band Combat finalists

After four rounds of online balloting from over 1,400 voters, The Midwest Beat and The Selfish Gene have emerged as the 2009 Band to Band Combat finalists. That means they'll perform in front of a live audience at The Frequency on Thursday, November 19 for a bushel of prizes including studio time, gift certificates and CD dubbing services. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Patrick Peterson, Band to Band Combat, Madison County

Whitewater musician Patrick Peterson has played or worked at benefit shows for numerous causes. Now Peterson could use a helping hand himself. >More
 Bleak on paper, the Mountain Goats are earnestly comic at the High Noon Saloon

The Mountain Goats clamored onto the High Noon stage Friday night like four lovable brothers-in-law arriving late for Thanksgiving dinner. >More
 Beyond 9 to 5: Some Madison musicians are weekend warriors

Almost everyone who's tried to make a living as a musician has heard the old adage: "Don't quit your day job." The thing is, lots of local musicians have great day jobs that they wouldn't dream of ditching, and plenty have found a way to rehearse, perform and create while the rest of us sleep, watch TV and play Wii. We're a town of weekend warriors when it comes to music making. >More
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