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Sinking Suns explore revenge fantasies on a new EP of menacing rock songs

Sinking Suns drag darkness with them everywhere. The Madison trio, whose ominous name evokes the end of day, squeeze the light right out of their music. But on their new EP, Songs of Revenge, the path to catharsis is clearly marked. >More
 Masked Intruder's miscreant romantics covet a role in Madison's fabled police incident reports

The candy-coated punk of Madison's only color-coded masked band, Masked Intruder, will rip through the Frequency on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event's a release party for their second full-length, M.I., and it's your only chance to catch the miscreant romantics before they take their crime spree all over Europe later this month. >More


Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie envision Majestic-style events for their new Missouri venues

True Endeavors organizes concerts in Iowa City. The Orpheum's new owners have partnered with House of Blues Entertainment, part of the L.A.-based entertainment corporation Live Nation, for booking ventures. Now Majestic Live, the promotion and booking agency helmed by Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie, has officially expanded into another state. >More
 'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More


UW School of Music faculty and alumni remember the artistry and warmth of departed pianist Howard Karp

Monday was a very sad day for the music world and for Madison in particular. Pianist Howard Karp, professor emeritus of music at UW-Madison and patriarch of the city's beloved Karp family of musicians, died at age 84. His recitals both here and abroad garnered adulatory words, but he was a gentle and humble man. >More
 A taste of Segredo's new Liquid lounge

Segredo, the popular electronic music venue at 624 University Ave., has added a high-end hangout designed to draw monied young professionals. In the midst of a summer renovation, the club created a new 21-and-over lounge dubbed Liquid. After a soft opening last weekend, the spot is now ready to bring high-class nightlife to visitors eager to dance and drink. >More


Little Red Wolf find their niche in the twangy pop of Junk Sparrow

"What's amazing to me is that all four of us got along so well, pretty much instantly," Emily Mills says of her four-piece folk-pop band, Little Red Wolf. The group's members all performed in other local acts before joining forces in 2008. On June 26 they'll release Junk Sparrow, their follow-up to 2010's If Only We Were Just Like We Are. >More
 Duke Ellington's love letter to the University of Wisconsin-Madison

In the early 1970s, the University of Wisconsin-Madison made an extraordinary gesture for the time. It granted jazz composer Duke Ellington an honorary doctorate and mounted a weeklong festival of his music. It even gave Duke and the members of his orchestra the rare opportunity to conduct master classes. >More


Madison Savoyards does justice to Gilbert & Sullivan's unfairly neglected Princess Ida

Princess Ida is unusual among the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. It is, for instance, the only one inspired by the work of an author other than Gilbert himself -- Tennyson, as it happens. It is the only one by the collaborators structured in three acts. >More
 Madison's 2014-15 classical music season focuses on legendary composers

As long summer days make way for crisp autumn nights, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra prepare for the first shows of the 2014-15 season. After giving us many American works last season, they'll now explore European music in greater detail, including the cool, earthy aesthetic of Scandinavia and the vibrant orchestral colors of Russia. >More


Wednesday, August 20
Thursday, August 21
Vilas Zoo Benefit with Sam Lyons  Capital Brewery, Middleton, 5:00pm
Friday, August 22
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Saturday, August 23
Jeff Daniels & the Ben Daniels Band  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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DJs Lovecraft, Wyatt Agard  Jolly Bob's, 10:00pm
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Token Creek Chamber Music Festival  Token Creek Festival Barn, DeForest
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Sunday, August 24
Token Creek Chamber Music Festival  Token Creek Festival Barn, DeForest
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The Mowgli's, MisterWives  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
Monday, August 25
The Barley Brothers  Malt House, 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 26
Bob Log III, Roboman  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Elisium  Inferno, 9:00pm
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Casey Foubert  Mickey's Tavern, 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 27
Shitty Barn Sessions  Furthermore Beer Barn, Spring Green, 7:00pm
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Token Creek Chamber Music Festival  Token Creek Festival Barn, DeForest, 8:00pm
Thursday, August 28
Friday, August 29
Hilltop Hoods, Sims  Majestic Theatre, 9:00pm
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The Mascot Theory  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
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Saturday, August 30
DJs Lovecraft, Wyatt Agard  Jolly Bob's, 10:00pm
Sunday, August 31
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Deer Tick find beauty in messes and missteps

Deer Tick make messes like it's nobody's business. Browse a recent set list and you'll find autobiographical songs with titles like "Trash" and "The Dream's in the Ditch." Peruse photos of the crowd and you'll find lots of sweat. >More
 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen top themselves with adventurous new record Cold Spell

"T'ain't no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones." So say the lyrics of a song by Tom Waits and William Burroughs. The opening licks of several bluegrass tunes by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen bring these words to life. Solivan's honey-sweet tenor, Chris Luquette's guitar and Danny Booth's bass offer a soundtrack to the devil's summertime skinny-dipping adventures. >More


Vinyl Cave: Milwaukee is in the reissue spotlight with Vic Pitts & The Cheaters, The Shivvers, and Radio Ready Wisconsin

Brewtown has always had a healthy pop music scene, a tradition that continues today with bands such as The Sugar Stems, Jaill, Kings Go Forth and numerous others making waves with well-regarded releases on national labels. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Land of 1000 Dances by Chris Kenner

For a certain type of collector, vintage record label stock advertising sleeves can inspire a search for albums it can take years to locate. One prime example is Atlantic/Atco and its associated labels, which maintained company sleeves well into the 1970s. >More


Heavy Looks: Senses Growing Dull

Heavy Looks seem like a jaded bunch when you listen to their lyrics, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out. Before long you'll have a smile on your face and an urge to replay the album. >More
 Sean Avery: EMOFUNK

Browsing the Bandcamp website for new music by Madison-based artists is tedious, but it can pay off big. Case in point: EMOFUNK by Sean Avery, a UW First Wave student who moved here from Arizona. It's available as a free download, and bonus tracks can be found on his SoundCloud page. >More
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