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Diving into Friday night at Forward Music Fest 2009

With a sketched-together plan to breeze through the Forward Music Fest's Friday night schedule, I help run my son's fifth-grade football practice thinking I might possibly be the only guy in the state to be yelling "Do you want to be the hammer or the nail?" who will be surrounded by hipster beards listening to a laptop band in two hours. >More
 Forward Music Festival 2009 builds on musical themes

Every Madison band I talked to back then bemoaned the lack of places to play. Remarkably, more than a decade later, Madison is now host to a premier music festival that gives a couple of dozen local acts a chance to share the stage with regional and national talent. >More
 Matt and Kim crank up the charm at the Majestic

When watching Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino perform, you've got to wonder how they don't get cramps from smiling. Perhaps there's a miracle product for this ailment on some late-night infomercial, but if there is, it's unlikely the peppy synthpop duo has seen it. >More
 Dr. Ralph Stanley leads impressive bluegrass lineup at Stoughton Opera House

I smiled when, looking over the schedule, I saw who is kicking off the 2009-2010 season on Saturday at the Stoughton Opera House: Dr. Ralph Stanley, 82, whose banjo picking and raspy singing have made him a titan of classic bluegrass. >More
 10 must-see concerts by Madison bands

This 10-week local music fall planner touches on the spectrum of Madison sounds, from hip-hop to indie, from folk to metal. >More
 Madison World Music Festival 2009 hosts global village of acts

The Great Recession can't stop the sixth annual Madison World Music Festival. It's the city's splashiest single-payer party, provided free for all by the Wisconsin Union Theater with a little help from friends and funders. >More
 Kitty Rhombus deconstruct their herky-jerky new album

Local band Kitty Rhombus is one of those groups that thrive on finding the layer of order that exists in chaos -- then cracking its shell and unleashing an even more spectacular version of mayhem. >More
 Know Boundaries says farewell with The Ghost Spell

It's been a quiet year for fans of Madison hip-hop/rock innovators Know Boundaries, as the band has only played a couple shows in town since releasing a live disc last fall. They're returning to the High Noon Saloon stage this Saturday, but it's a farewell bow -- the group is disbanding after a bit less than a decade together. >More
 What is a Snake on the Lake?

I have one burning question as I take the elevator up to the fourth-floor studio of UW-Madison's student radio station, WSUM, on the west end of the Lucky apartment building. What does Snake on the Lake mean? >More
 Mozart program kicks off Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

Pianist Robert Levin is an old friend of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, held annually at the refurbished DeForest barn of John and Rose Mary Harbison. As he did last year, Levin opened this 2009 festival with an all-Mozart program on Saturday. >More
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