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Music

MUSIC

Annabel Lee is seduced by the spotlight

It's hard to imagine Annabel Lee ever being shy or uncertain, especially if you saw her at the Madison Area Music Awards in June. Her show-stopping performance of her single "Pray" announced her status as one of Madison's hottest up-and-coming musicians. With remarkable vocal talent and a stage presence that oozes power and sex appeal, the 28-year-old artist had the audience in the palm of her hand. >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

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Lords of the Trident to represent Madison in BandSwap 2014

BandSwap, a musical exchange program sponsored by the Colorado-based nonprofit SpokesBuzz, will feature Madison acts for a second time in 2014. This week SpokesBuzz announced that it has chosen five local bands for this year's sonic adventure, which includes a trip to Fort Collins for one lucky group, album-release parties for several others, and a variety of performances and networking opportunities. >More
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More

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Clutch Sound brings music back to the old Smart Studios space

The battered brick building at 1254 E. Washington Ave. will finally hang a sign out front this summer. The former Smart Studios has a brand new gig: Veteran recording professional and lifelong musician Brian Liston opened Clutch Sound in September, with plans to focus not only on music production but also advertising, television and independent film. He's also giving the decades-old building a sign, something Smart never had. >More
 Moving speeches and topnotch performances make for a memorable Madison Area Music Awards 2014

The 11th annual Madison Area Music Awards were filled with moving moments and heartfelt speeches, and more than a few laughs, especially as presenters and genial host John Urban made the best of a few technical issues regarding the teleprompter and the screen that listed the award recipients. >More

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MadTracks: 'Old Gods Ain't Dead' by Sole and DJ Pain 1

DJ Pain 1 is a Madison hip-hop success story. He got his first big break in 2008, when he produced a track on Young Jeezy's hit album The Recession. Since then he's contributed to releases by dozens of other stars, including 50 Cent, Public Enemy, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane. >More
 Misfits member Jerry Only is dad of the year at Madison's Our Lady Queen of Peace School

Around the world, Jerry Only is best known as the cofounder, bassist and sometime vocalist of seminal horror-punk band Misfits. But in Madison his biggest claim to fame is being the father of Eva, a second grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. >More

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Under the stars at Madison Opera in the Park 2014

The Madison Opera knows that few things compare to hearing music under the stars. The ensemble presents its 13th annual Opera in the Park concert at Garner Park on July 26 at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event has rippled with excitement in recent years, drawing nearly 14,000 attendees. >More
 Concerts on the Square celebrates Independence Day 2014 with salutes to Copland and show tunes

Even with unseasonably cool weather, the "American Fanfare" performance at Concerts on the Square was a perfect prelude to the July 4 holiday. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell led a vibrant concert of nostalgic works that celebrated patriotism and community. >More

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TOUR STOP

Dave and Phil Alvin stop fighting to make a record of Big Bill Broonzy covers

Thirty-five years have passed since the Blasters debuted their blend of blues, rockabilly and roots rock in a small city near Disneyland. Though they're brothers, founders Dave and Phil Alvin didn't record together for decades, probably because they fought constantly. Then came Common Ground, an album of Big Bill Broonzy covers released this year. It's the focus of the siblings' July 25 concert at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 As tUne-yArDs, Merrill Garbus whisks listeners to a weird, whimsical world of morals and magic

With live performances that feature drum loops, field recordings, ukulele riffs and pom-poms, it's not hard to envision Merrill Garbus as a babysitter. That's how she got her start, and watching her perform as tUne-yArDs, you get the sense that she'd be great at it in a Mary-Poppins-on-an-acid-trip way. >More

VINYL CAVE

Vinyl Cave: After Bathing at Baxter's by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was among the vanguard of rock bands exploding out of the San Francisco folk scene onto the national stage in the 1960s. Though the size of their following has perhaps been eclipsed in modern times by fellow travelers The Grateful Dead, for years the Airplane remained the biggest band in the city's scene. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Catch and release with Red Simpson, Joyce Everson, Vi Velasco, Foghat, Jill Williams, Van Morrison

Some major crate digging went down this past weekend, resulting in a pile of intriguing platters getting an initial spin this week -- from the obscure to a couple Top 40 hits you may have forgotten. >More

THE BIN

Rubicon Cross: Rubicon Cross

CJ Snare, former vocalist for late-'80s hair-metal band Firehouse, now fronts the much heavier Rubicon Cross. About the only thing these veteran headbangers have in common with Snare's old band is the singer's distinctive voice. >More
 Chromeo: White Women

Chromeo have already solidified their reputation as consummate electro-funk scholars. White Women, the fourth LP from the Montreal-based team, builds on their legacy with three impossibly catchy opening tracks, all monster singles. From there Dave 1 and P-Thugg find room for sparse heartbreakers like "Ezra's Interlude," which coaxes a delicate falsetto from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the timely disco flourishes of "Fall Back 2U." >More
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