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Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls offer hope and fiery politics at concert for The Progressive

For much of Thursday night it was hard to tell who was having a better time at The Progressive's centennial celebration concert, the audience or the artists. But when Dar Williams and Melissa Ferrick lifted a young girl up onto the Orpheum Theatre's towering stage to join them for the second all-star jam to end the evening, it was pretty clear they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. >More
 Dobet Gnahoré stays true to her roots

Rising Afropop star Dobet Gnahore made her Madison debut on Putumayo's Acoustic Africa tour in the fall of 2006. She's been back twice in quick succession, performing in the 2007 Madison World Music Festival at Willy Street Fair, and again last summer at the Fête de Marquette. Gnahore makes her fourth stop in town when she takes the Wisconsin Union Theater World Stage May 1. >More
 Clear Channel Madison to appoint advisory board

Can a radio station outsource more programming to national and regional voices and, at the same time, become more responsive to the community it serves? Clear Channel Communications, which owns three music and three talk radio stations in the Madison market, is about to try. >More
 The Thermals pop with conviction at the High Noon Saloon

Surprisingly, it took The Thermals a little while to get warmed up on Tuesday night. When they took the stage at the High Noon Saloon, lead singer/guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster were dressed appropriately for the slightly chilly spring night. By the third song on the set list "Let Go," Harris had shed his sport coat, and Foster's sweater followed soon after. The crowd however took a little longer. >More
 Robbie Fulks brings a pallet-load of songs to the High Noon Saloon

Robbie Fulks' self-imposed touring exile of the last year and a half has been hell for fans who swarm to his over-the-top stage shows. The drought ends this week as Fulks and his 50 Voice Doberman All Stars take the stage Friday night at the High Noon. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra stages joyful return for Masterworks V

Having the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra back with us again, in their scheduled season finale, was enough reason for joy. The more so in that they had lost none of their tight ensemble and confident sonority during their recent absence over contract disputes. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 6: A nice, round 12-hours straight of live music

A man can only take so much live music and I admit I'm ready to come home. I also admit that I could eat cajun food forever and never miss another strand of pasta. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 5: Festival International de Louisiane takes full flight

35,000. That was Friday night's crowd estimate at the Festival International de Louisiane here in Lafayette. I asked a cop in the men's room, that's how I know. All six stages cranking. The streets ran in rivers of partiers of all shapes and sizes. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 4: Exposure at the Louisiana International Music Exchange

The Red Stick Ramblers claim to play "everything Louisiana is known for" which is a ballsy boast. The Ramblers headline the Blue Moon Saturday night. We're there. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 3: Early in the morning at Lafayette's Blue Moon Saloon

The rumor was that Dave Matthews would be among hard funking Marc Broussard's sidemen Thursday night. The name could be heard as you walked through the thick crowds. >More
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