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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

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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
 La Fête de Marquette brings French and Cajun acts to a grassier version of Central Park

La Fête de Marquette is going home. On July 10-13, the annual celebration of French-speaking cultures will head back to its original spot between Baldwin and Ingersoll after six years of sweating it out on a patch of blacktop off East Washington Avenue. But the rocky lot La Fête made do with in 2006 has been replaced with the new Central Park. >More

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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
 The city welcomes summer with hundreds of outdoor concerts during Make Music Madison 2014

The second annual Make Music Madison was a rousing success, so rousing that it had locals singing and dancing on sidewalks, in parks and even at the library. Nearly 400 concerts took place at more than 100 local venues, including the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, where Isthmus Jazz Festival headliners Richard Davis and Willie Pickens performed. >More

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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
 Jeremiah Nelson carves memorable folk songs out of sundry memories for Whittier

Jeremiah Nelson is forever revising his work. It's one reason the local folk artist is such a strong songwriter. But at some point, the meticulous tune-whittling must stop. This was the case with his new EP, Whittier. >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

THE GUIDE: CRITICS' CHOICE

Friday, July 25
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Yes, Syd Arthur Overture Center-Overture Hall, 8:00pm
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Madison County, Mark Croft UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
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Saturday, July 26
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Opera in the Park  Garner Park, 8:00pm
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Cribshitter, William Z. Villain  Mickey's Tavern, 10:00pm
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Nouveau-Expo  Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 27
Monday, July 28
Trails & Ways, Bright Kind  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 29
Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo  Capitol Square, 12:00pm
Wednesday, July 30
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Jeremiah Nelson, Paul Otteson, Oh My Love  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7:00pm
Thursday, July 31
Central Park Sessions  Central Park, 5:00pm
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San Fermin  UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
Friday, August 1
Apothesary, Repaid in Blood  Mr. Robert's, 10:00pm
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TL;DR (CD release)  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Ariada, Honey & the 45s  UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
Saturday, August 2
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Atwood City Limits  Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, 11:00am
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Run River North, Seasaw, Reverie  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
Sunday, August 3
Johnnyswim  Frequency, The, 8:00pm
Monday, August 4
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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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