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Friday, October 31, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 33.0° F  Mostly Cloudy


Halloween 2014: Madison after dark

Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? >More
 Kyle Rightley launches a folk-driven solo act after five years leading the Big Payback

Low guitar notes cut through the sound of falling rain in the opening lines of "Song for the Flatirons," a pretty and wistful highlight of Kyle Rightley's latest EP. Titled The Bleak, Barbarian Pines, the album is the Madison artist's sophomore solo release, but it doesn't sound like the work of a green musician. >More


Flannel Fest celebrates Americana while supporting the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund

Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. >More
 A dark, dramatic singer joins the Sills for The World Was Wonderful

A lineup change for an existing band can be just as exciting as the unveiling of a fledgling act. Just ask Blair Clark and Leah Brooke Conway of the Sills. Conway made her Sills recording debut on the new album The World Was Wonderful, taking the band into sublimely shadowy territory with her dark, enchanting vocals. The group sound more melancholy and menacing than they did on previous recordings, such as their self-titled 2012 debut. >More


Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Go play outside

Madison has figured out how to throw impressive outdoor concerts in recent years, thanks in part to many years of neighborhood festivals. Here are four gigs to enjoy in the fresh air before the temperatures get frosty. >More
 Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Welcome back, Wisconsin Union Theater

Wisconsin Union Theater's recently finished facelift took more than two years, but now the university's Langdon Street theater is back, complete with a spruced-up Play Circle and spiffy Shannon Hall, which has better lighting, acoustics and seating than the old main room. Here are a few of the most exciting music events coming to these two spaces this fall. >More


The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium brings new voices and fresh ideas to the local scene

Pub crawls with multiple local jazz acts. Guest artists teaching jazz in schools and kids loving it. Town hall meetings, surveys, grant money, teamwork, ideas, excitement.... Who turned up the heat on jazz in Madison? >More
 Jamming with roots-music stars at the 2014 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is as much a pop-up community as it is a concert. When the 11th annual event comes to Lake Farm County Park Aug. 1-2, there will be performances, workshops, discussions and jam sessions that migrate to the camping area before each night ends. >More


Rachel Barton Pine delivers a splendid rendition of Vieuxtemps' Fifth Violin Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season with a remarkably generous and diversified program at the Capitol Theater on Friday. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violist Matthew Lipman served as guest soloists. >More
 Violinist Wes Luke proves a solid anchor for Ancora String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beach

Because of the leave of absence being taken by first violinist Leanne Kelso League, the Ancora String Quartet has undertaken a second season of experimentation. Last season, that involved bringing in different instrumentalists in trio-plus collaborations. This season, it involves two visiting first violinists. >More


Friday, October 31
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The Dodos, Bigjoy UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Empress Of, Native/Tongues UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Saturday, November 1
Festival Choir of Madison  First Unitarian Society, 7:30pm
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DJs Nick Nice, Vilas Park Sniper  Majestic Theatre, 9:00pm
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Music Theatre of Madison  Brink Lounge, 7:30pm
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Ka-Boom!Box  Mickey's Tavern, 10:00pm
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Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene  Orpheum Theatre, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 2
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Lyle Lovett  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:00pm
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Stanislava Varshavski & Diana Shapiro  Farley's House of Pianos, 4:00pm
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Agnes Obel  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
Monday, November 3
Rac, The Knocks, Speak  Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 4
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Dum Dum Girls turn sweet pop ditties into aching lo-fi ruminations

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. >More
 When will the bass drop at a Glitch Mob show?

You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, Love Death Immortality, create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor. >More



Vinyl Cave: Back Door Men by The Shadows of Knight

One of many children of the Stones to emerge in 1966, The Shadows of Knight blasted out of the suburbs of Chicago via radios across the nation with their cover of Them's "Gloria." Though Them and Van Morrison's original version actually did scrape into the Billboard charts in the summer of 1965, it was just a bit too risque to gain much traction with wary radio programmers. Early the following year, in stepped these Midwesterners to ride to the Top Ten with a slightly lyrically-cleansed version. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper

Dedicated music listeners probably all have fond memories of the records which sent him or her down the rabbit hole of collecting favorite artists or genres. One disc that warped me as a child was a pretty good-sized hit in 1971: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper. >More
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