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MUSIC

From New Wave to brain waves with Chris Bocast

There are thousands of doctoral students in Madison at any given time, but few of them have the claim to fame that Chris Bocast does. While some Ph.D.s-to-be were still learning to crawl in the mid-'80s, Bocast had already made a name for himself as guitarist in the California New Wave band Tokyo Vogue. >More
 The Bloodshot Records Beer-B-Q visits Madison for its Quinceañera

Even though Madison is one of the smallest cities on the tour, Bloodshot co-founder Rob Miller says it was a natural choice. "Madison was the first city outside of Chicago to ever pay attention to Bloodshot," he explains. >More
 L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. aims for diversity on new CD

It's five o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, and Tefman, the Madison spoken-word artist who raps in L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S., is sitting across from me at the Local Tavern on King Street, talking about the group's new CD. "You put somebody in a box and say, 'He's a backpack rapper or he's gangster rap,' but L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. is all of that," says Tefman. "We're a melting pot." >More
 Raucous Decemberists carry rock's banner at Overture Center

Indie music came to the Overture Center last night -- sort of. Portland, Oregon's The Decemberists returned to Madison, playing a larger venue than they'd originally planned on, and in the process revealed themselves as shameless arena rockers. >More
 UW's carillonneur makes a big sound

Lyle Anderson is your average street musician. Except that he plays in the snow and cold, and if his audience really wants to hear him, they should stand about 60 feet away. Oh, and his instrument weighs several tons. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival sweetens its lineup for 2009

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1, deals with tradition in two senses of the word. Its featured artists come from roots-music genres such as Delta blues, Cajun and bluegrass, and it's become a yearly ritual for folks who like to camp out, take in concerts and learn an instrument at the same time. >More
 Cheap Trick brings histrionics, good humor to Barrymore Theatre performance

The concert was a benefit for Kirk "Wheel" Dyer, a longtime Cheap Trick associate who is being treated for cancer. >More
 Operatic highlights, Broadway trivialities at Madison Opera in the Park 2009

With the rain holding off virtually to program's end, this year's Opera in the Park benefited from beautifully mild weather, drawing another audience of enthusiastic thousands gathered at Garner Park. >More
 Tunes land at Area 51

Brian Hahn books hard-rock and metal bands for the new music club he's opened near the intersection of Highway 51 and Pflaum Road. He even gave the club a paranormal name -- Area 51, after the Nevada military base that's the subject of UFO rumors. >More
 Old 97s connect, once again, with Madison at the Barrymore

A nearly full house of 800-plus at the Barrymore Theater cheered Miller alone on stage for a 10-song set Tuesday night before he was united with his band mates while, outside, a chilled, misty evening took shape more like a mild Hallow's Eve than a hot summer night on the town. >More
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