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Hamell on Trial finds an eager new audience for his irreverent tunes

This year Ed Hamell is finding a younger audience for his improbably loud acoustic guitar and impishly profane rant-songs. The Uncluded, a duo composed of singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper Aesop Rock, picked his one-man act Hamell on Trial to support their current tour. Hamell's delivery tends toward the frantic and nasal, so he'll sound at home opening for the deceptively jolly-voiced Dawson and the cryptic, thick-voiced Aesop when they visit the High Noon Saloon on June 29. >More
 Michelle DuVall plus eight

Madison has a lot of jazz vocalists for a town its size, but Michelle DuVall is the only one with a residency on the Mickey's Tavern patio. At those gigs, which take place the second and fourth Thursday of each month, she usually forms a stripped-down trio with guitarist Doug Brown and bassist Nick Moran. She'll change things up at Isthmus Jazz Fest, where she'll front the eight-piece band Get Down, Mr. Cat! at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. >More
 Mystery to Me opens on Monroe Street

Madison's buy-local ethos will face a curious test when Mystery to Me opens at 1863 Monroe St. on June 15. Joanne Berg retired from a long career in higher education to open the bookshop, something she's wanted to do for a long time. She bought the inventory and shelving from Booked for Murder, a long-running store specializing in mystery novels. But she would have gone with plan B -- "retire and maybe do some consulting" -- had she not noticed a For Lease sign on Monroe Street while walking to Trader Joe's from her nearby home. >More
 Souls of Mischief celebrate a West Coast hip-hop classic

East Bay hip-hop foursome Souls of Mischief will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, '93 Til Infinity, by performing the entire album at the Majestic Theatre on June 19. Its production still feels funky and warm, and MCs Opio, A-Plus, Phesto and Tajai still come off as both thoughtful and happily obnoxious. >More
 Hot hangouts, cool retreats: Embrace or escape summer's swelter at these Madison haunts

The sun doesn't set until almost 9 p.m. right now, which means nightlife takes place in the light and the dark. For some, this means more time to work on a tan while sipping a cocktail at a rooftop cafe. For others, this means 100-degree days are just around the bend, along with the urge to crawl into in a cool, shady cave. For most of us, it's a bit of both. >More
 Stoughton Opera House booker Christina Dollhausen makes herself part of the show

Stoughton Opera House boasts many traditions: historic preservation, intimate musical performances, and seats so hard that elderly patrons know to bring cushions. Plus, the venue's booker, Christina Dollhausen, has created a new tradition over the past year: introducing performers with short songs of her own. >More
 Hip-hop, house and local acts spice up Memorial Union Terrace's summer 2013 music lineup

This summer's characteristically diverse music slate at Memorial Union Terrace will feature stellar rappers El-P and Killer Mike, electronic musician Maxmillion Dunbar, and even a respectable showing from Madison-based acts. >More
 Why you should care about Capital Newspapers' changes to its arts coverage

Andy Downing arrived at The Capital Times a music writer in 2011. He left last week as a "features reporter with music emphasis." His departure only deepens the uncertainty about what Capital Newspapers hopes to accomplish with its changing approach to arts and entertainment coverage. >More
 Pondamonium won't return to Duck Pond in 2013

The Pondamonium music festival won't return to the Duck Pond in 2013, according to Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman. The event's website indicates that "more information on Pondomonium 2013 [is] to be released in January," but that clearly hasn't happened. >More
 UW Union ends WUD-organized concerts early, frustrating bookers

Madison's Dharma Dogs were one of the first bands to play the Memorial Union Terrace this year. They opened for touring bands Pleasure Leftists and Heavy Times in late April. As they delivered their spirited take on grunge and punk, abrasive sounds almost felt normal at UW venues. >More
 Barn Owl: V

On their fifth album, Bay Area instrumental duo Barn Owl cement their place between the slow-moving guitars of Earth and the abstract drones of experimental standouts Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker. >More
 Booked for Murder gets a new owner, new location and new name, Mystery To Me

The long-running mystery-centric bookstore Booked for Murder has found a buyer. With Booked for Murder owner Sara Barnes moving back to her hometown in Minnesota, UW-Madison Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Joanne Berg has purchased the business and will reopen it June 15 under the name Mystery to Me. >More
 MadTracks: 'Skin' by Stephanie Rearick Jr.

In her Casio-driven solo project Stephanie Rearick Jr., Madison musician Stephanie Rearick pares down her music to disarming effect. This is especially true on her new album, Dreamworld. >More
 The Dillinger Escape Plan's complex tunes will make your head spin

The Dillinger Escape Plan are a band of dizzying possibilities, one of which is morphing into a pile of musical gibberish. With their heady fusion of metal and hardcore punk, the New Jersey group consistently set a high bar for technical accomplishment and merciless anger. >More
 Cowboy Winter combine Detroit's soul and garage-rock traditions

Cowboy Winter take a novel approach to soul and R&B on their debut album, Magic or Tragic. Instead of polishing their Motown influences like a session band would, the local group give them the bare immediacy of garage-rock. Lead vocalist Kevin Willmott declaims songs like "The Difficult One" with both achy sincerity and theatrical screams. >More
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