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Rites of spring: Madison's upcoming concert lineup will melt your heart

Just as music lovers emerge from hibernation, so do their favorite acts. There's no better time than spring to catch buzzed-about artists before they hit it big or to enjoy a beloved band testing out new material. With genres spanning from rap to rock and country to pop, this spring lineup is sure to bring Madison music fans out of their homes and into their favorite venues. Here are 40 upcoming touring shows that Isthmus is looking forward to. >More
 The Districts' new release is bar-ready

The Districts aren't a young band. Its members have been playing together since late 2009. But they are a band of youngsters: Groupmates Pat Cassidy, Rob Grote, Connor Jacobs and Braden Lawrence still can't legally sip beers at the bars where they frequently play. >More


Overture Hall's organ is among the world's finest

Pipe organs come in the most extraordinary shapes. Some are complicated, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ in Los Angeles, which has pipes that look like humongous french fries in disarray. The pipes of the Notre-Dame des Neiges organ in France resemble the shape of a hand. >More
 Simon Balto comes out of the basement

Simon Balto's music features austerely beautiful guitar work and vocals, but it is grounded in narrative. "I'm very much a lyrically driven writer," he says. >More


Madison folk musicians give back with the third annual Wintersong concert

For Anna Vogelzang, the annual Wintersong concert is a labor of love. A musician herself, Vogelzang organized the first Wintersong concert two years ago. It has since grown into one of the area's biggest folk music events, with all the proceeds going to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. >More
 Building on Buildings' first LP finds beauty in chilling moments of loss and grief

Building on Buildings' Erin Fuller and Connie Ward have been making beautiful noise as a duo since 2012, but 2014 has been their most fruitful year yet. >More


Isthmus Live Sessions: Matt Costa

Matt Costa hails from Orange County, and his songs play like the perfect soundtrack to a late-night fire on the beach. The singer/songwriter stopped by the Isthmus office for a six-song live acoustic session. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: Joe Pug

Folk troubadour Joe Pug's gritty, narrative songwriting invites comparison to Bob Dylan and John Prine. But the former playwriting student says he also looks to literary figures like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman for inspiration. Pug recorded a live session at the Isthmus office on Jan. 21, a few hours before a Barrymore Theatre performance in support of the Devil Makes Three. >More


Pianist Ingrid Fliter brings Chopin mastery to Madison Symphony Orchestra

Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter is an international Chopin superstar -- a rare treat for audiences at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) concert presented Feb. 13-15 at Overture Hall. But being a Chopin soloist means Fliter inevitably brought along one of Chopin's two concertos. In my opinion, they are the most inept concertos by any major composer of the nineteenth century, kept alive by the composer's name alone. >More
 Madison Opera's Sweeney Todd showcases vocal powerhouses

Madison Opera's winter production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street offers audiences a thrilling take on Stephen Sondheim's dark expansion of the musical comedy. The production is repeated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. >More


Wednesday, March 4
Organ Recital Luther Memorial Church, 12:00pm
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DJ BigKu Segredo, 10:00pm
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Irish Open Jam Brocach Irish Pub-Square, 8:00pm
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Prognosis Negative Mr. Robert's, 10:00pm
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Johnny Chimes Louisianne's, Etc., Middleton, 6:00pm
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Brian Erickson Essen Haus, 6:30pm
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The North Westerns Malt House, 7:30pm
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DJ Trichrome Natt Spil, 10:00pm
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Cliff Frederiksen & Ken Kuehl Liliana's Restaurant, Fitchburg, 5:30pm
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Lost Highway All-Stars Up North Pub, 8:00pm
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Earl Foss & the Brown Derby Crystal Corner Bar, 9:30pm
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Boo Bradley Alchemy Cafe, 10:00pm
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Open Mic Genna's Lounge, 9:00pm
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Gypsy Swing Open Jam Brocach Irish Pub-Monroe Street, 8:30pm
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Ken Wheaton 1855 Saloon and Grill, Cottage Grove, 6:00pm
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Jerry Stueber VFW Post 7591-Cottage Grove Road, 6:00pm
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The Kingston Trio Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Open Mic with Ben Cameron UW Memorial Union-Der Rathskeller, 8:00pm
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Robert J Claddagh Irish Pub, Middleton, 6:00pm
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Jim Ripp Ivory Room, 8:00pm
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DJs Radish, Foshizzle Family Cardinal Bar, 9:00pm
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Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo Brink Lounge, 8:00pm
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Bluegrass Jam with Ad Hoc String Band Knuckle Down Saloon, 8:00pm
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Crowbar Come Back In, 6:00pm
Thursday, March 5
DJ Jamie Stanek  Natt Spil, 10:00pm
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Denim 'n Leather  Club Tavern, Middleton, 9:00pm
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Catfish Stephenson  Up North Pub, 9:00pm
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Jim Erickson  Louisianne's, Etc., Middleton, 6:00pm
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Eric Joseph  1855 Saloon and Grill, Cottage Grove, 6:00pm
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Derek Ramnarace  Hody Bar and Grill, Middleton, 9:00pm
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Bird's Eye  Mr. Robert's, 10:00pm
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Aaron Carter, Catch Kid  Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm
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The Jimmys  Tofflers, New Glarus, 8:00pm
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Ken Wheaton  Liliana's Restaurant, Fitchburg, 5:30pm
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The Midwesterners  Essen Haus, 9:00pm
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Johnny Chimes  Bayou, The, 5:30pm
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Open Mic with Shelley Faith  Christy's Landing, 8:00pm
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DJ Jean Le Duke  Segredo, 10:00pm
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Cold War Kids tear down the wall between rock and pop

Cold War Kids weren't literally kids when they dropped their infectious single "Hang Me Up to Dry" in 2007. But the band, founded in 2004 by Nathan Willett and Matt Maust, was young enough to stand out in a crowd of fresh-faced indie rockers. Five albums and more than a decade into their career, Cold War Kids have ascended from early blog darlings to rock 'n' roll regulars. >More


Hot Tickets: Kacey Musgraves

 Hot Tickets: Immortal Technique and Talib Kweli

Isthmus predicts this show will sell out soon. >More


Vinyl Cave: Bing: A Musical Autobiography by Bing Crosby

Due to general musical omnivorousness, I've dabbled in listening to Bing Crosby, one of the most commercially successful -- and possibly most influential -- male vocalists of the 20th century. But so far, I've never been sufficiently struck to spin anything more than once. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Going Up? by The Bama Lamas

Going Up?, the new LP by The Bama Lamas, sounds as if it were being beamed direct to your turntable from AM radio circa 1963 ... at least, if one were within range of a radio station that played a lot of frat rock. >More
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