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dumate brings together underground hip-hop street rap

It seems that backpack rap -- slang for hip-hop artists who eschew the drugs, guns and bling that dominate much commercial rap, scribbling down lyrics as they lug oodles of CDs around town in backpacks -- is alive and well in Madison. That's thanks in part to dumate, the five-person hip-hop collective that performs with sharp rhymes, sizzling samples and progressive themes. >More
 Happy birthday, High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon owner Cathy Dethmers has worked hard to give the place a personality all its own, one that lures some of the country's most sought-after musicians while serving as a home base for local performers. Five years ago this May 5, the nightclub rose from the ashes of Dethmers' O'Cayz Corral, a favorite downtown watering hole and concert spot in its own right, after it burned irreparably on New Year's Day 2001. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 2: Bellying up to the buffet

I'm married to a vegetarian and have a son at home who's one, too. I love them dearly but I love cajun food because it revolves around eating so many different kinds of animals. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country: On the plane to Lafayette

As you read this, I'll be deplaning in Lafayette, Louisiana, the site of the five-day Festival International de Louisiane. I'm part of a team of Marquette neighborhood organizers who come to Lafayette to work with music agents and other promoters from around the country, using the festival in Lafayette as a giant audition. >More
 Concerts on the Square is on for summer 2009

Local music lovers can walk with an extra spring in their step, at least till the end of July. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced Wednesday that despite the ensemble's ongoing dispute with its musicians, this summer it will proceed with the full slate of Concerts on the Square performances, as scheduled. The series begins June 24 and features weekly Wednesday-evening concerts through July 29. >More
 They score!

Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More
 Eric Caldera thrives on instinct

Like the ants he studies by day, Eric Caldera is driven, even if he isn't sure why. A similar instinct drives Caldera to play guitar. He plays with the dexterity of a classically trained professional, but no one ever taught him how to do it. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians perform magnificent 'St. Matthews Passion'

Last spring, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians climbed the musical slopes with the B-minor Mass, period style. This spring they reached a summit with the "St. Matthew Passion." I can recall past Madison performances of the work in 1963 and 1980, but this was the very first here to follow period conventions and instrumentation. >More
 Extreme accordion

On the last Friday and Saturday nights of most months, you can hear Steve Meisner play traditional accordion polka music at the Essen Haus on East Wilson Street. But if you happened to stumble into the Frequency on a recent Friday night, you would have seen the accordion played in a very different way. >More
 Felicia Alima puts an urban spin on world music

Felicia Alima's fusion of R&B, hip-hop and world music has the sheen of a big-city urban artist. It would be easy to assume she's from Miami or Harlem rather than Madison and Australia. Her talent and style help put our city on the map as its very own global metropolis (even if it's on the smaller side). >More
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