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MUSIC

Project M goes retro in season six

It all started with Iron Chef. Six years ago, 105.5 Triple M's former program director, Pat Gallagher, asked himself a question while watching the popular cooking show: If people like watching dueling chefs, then why not dueling musicians? Project M, Triple M's songwriting competition, was born soon after. >More
 University Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict is a playful ode to Shakespeare, romance and departing director William Farlow

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. >More

MUSIC

Revelry Music & Arts Festival 2014 announces lineup and move to Langdon Street

Last May the UW launched the Revelry Music & Arts Festival as an alternative to the booze-soaked Mifflin Street Block Party. The outdoor event returns on May 3 from noon to 10 p.m., rain or shine, along with beer and other refreshments. But live music remains the focus. >More
 Make Music Madison recruiting performers and venues for June 2014 fest

Make Music Madison, a citywide celebration of song slated for June 21, has started accepting registration materials from potential performers and performance venues. Sign-up takes place until May 15, through a locally produced "matchmaking" program that pairs musicians with places to play. Volunteers may also register through the program. >More

MUSIC

German Art Students find a goofy new groove as a trio

Last year Madison's German Art Students celebrated 15 years together, but if you ask them about their latest LP, Time Machine, you might mistake them for a band just starting out. They're that enthusiastic. >More
 Madison folk-pop band PHOX sign to Partisan Records

Today PHOX climbed another rung on the ladder to fame by announcing that they've signed with Partisan Records, the record label Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and the Dismemberment Plan call home. The local sextet are currently preparing for a series of concerts at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but their biggest event of 2014 will likely be the release of a self-titled album in June. >More

MUSIC

Touring acts kick back in Madison after the hustle and bustle of SXSW 2014

Austin, Texas, becomes a magnet for musicians each March, when South by Southwest takes over the city. Hotels, museums and barbecue joints become makeshift concert venues, and performers often squeeze multiple shows into a day, hoping to cross paths with music-industry VIPs. Sets can shrink to just a song or two if a concert is behind schedule, sound systems can malfunction, and crowds can grow to unfathomable sizes. >More
 A Madisonian's guide to SXSW 2014

This week marks the start of the musical portion of South By Southwest, the annual event that's drawn bands, fans and music-industry insiders to Austin, Texas, since 1987. Many corners of the Madison music community have been represented there, with acts like Zola Jesus, Droids Attack, F.Stokes and Peaking Lights attending in years past. >More

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Conductor John DeMain assesses the Madison Symphony Orchestra's music choices for the 2014-15 season

The Madison Symphony Orchestra announces its plans for the 2014-15 season today, marking the beginning of a discussion about the works on the docket. Conductor and music director John DeMain walked Isthmus through the season's highlights, providing insider commentary along the way. >More
 Violinist Karina Canellakis and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra bring Michael McLean's wonderful Elements out of the shadows

The new Masterworks concert by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at Overture Center's Capitol Theater offered two familiar works and one novel surprise. Let's fork our way from the end forward. >More

THE GUIDE: CRITICS' CHOICE

Saturday, April 19
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420 Fest Brink Lounge
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Container, DJ Tolerance UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Particle, Freekbass, Flowpoetry Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Johnny Clegg Band, Jesse Clegg Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Paper Mache UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
Sunday, April 20
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Monday, April 21
Project M Challenge  Funk's Pub, Fitchburg, 6:00pm
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Y&T, Autumn Grey  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 22
PlanetRawk, L.U.V., Wait Here  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 23
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Lydia Loveless, The Rodeo Bums  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
Thursday, April 24
3Lau, Antics  Segredo, 9:00pm
Friday, April 25
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The Mascot Theory (CD release)  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
Saturday, April 26
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TOUR STOP

Americana trio Red Molly reveal one surprise after another on The Red Album

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. >More
 Unable to return home, Tinariwen reinvent traditional music from strife-ridden northern Mali

Performing outside their homeland for much of their 35-year career, Tinariwen are nomads in more ways than one. The band bring music from the Tuareg, a nomadic culture in the Sahara desert, to the world. They'll share it at Madison's Majestic Theatre on April 8. >More

VINYL CAVE

Vinyl Cave: Short takes with Richard Buckner, The Greenhornes, Beachwood Sparks

Many new albums these days are being released on vinyl, for at least limited runs. Meanwhile, there's also been a major resurgence of reissue LPs hitting the racks, along with archival material being released for the first time. Frankly, there's so many it would take one heck of a budget to keep up with everything right now. Here's a trio of recent resurrections of note. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Catch and release with Andy Griffith, John Kay, Peter Yarrow

In which a trio of LPs by legendary performers results in a keeper one may not expect. >More

THE BIN

Anthony Lamarr: Jump Start the Soul

The local artist's fourth LP is imbued with his trademark: introspective, faith-based R&B full of honesty and personal reflection. Dancing between gratitude and trepidation, Lamarr is relatable as he deals with themes like love, ambition and happiness. >More
 Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans

How much you enjoy Drive-By Truckers' new album may hinge on which of the band's vocalists you normally gravitate toward. But if you're new to this pioneering alt-country act, English Oceans is a good chance to get acquainted with both performers. >More
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