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Why yodeling still matters: The art form is alive and well in Wisconsin, for the time being

It begins simply, just a man singing. He bounds from word to word in an unfamiliar language. The cadence, however, is familiar. Suddenly his voice swells, and each syllable breaks into a flurry of harmonious notes. Parts of Swiss words roll and bounce into each other. The man is yodeling, but there's nary a "yodel-e-i-o." And there's a lot more to it than alpenhorns and Ricola commercials. >More
 Jason Neulander and Buzz Moran discuss the sights and sounds of The Intergalactic Nemesis

Born as coffee-shop performance project in Austin, Texas, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up the comic-book art of 1930s-era pulp serials with the vocal performances and live foley work of a classic radio drama. Dubbed a "live-action graphic novel," the show went on to play for audiences in movie houses and theater spaces in 60 cities around the country. Director Jason Neulander and foley artist Buzz Moran, a Madison native, discuss epic adventure storytelling and unexpected sound effects before their performances of Book 1 and Book 2 at Overture Center on Saturday, March 23. >More
 Shift from 35mm film to digital prompts Wisconsin Film Fest to adapt in 2013

"Change" has been the watchword in the lead-up to this year's Wisconsin Film Festival. Eight days instead of five. Fewer downtown venues. More screenings at Sundance Cinemas 608. And, according to the festival guide released Thursday, a free trolley between venues at the UW and those on the near-west side >More
 Nerds on the town: Madison hangouts for fun-loving poindexters

Dorky comic-book heroes like Batman and the Avengers outgrossed cool superspy James Bond two-to-one at the box office in 2012. Data wizards like Nate Silver deliver commentary alongside former football stars. And many kids beg their parents for technological gadgets, not toys. Nerds have infiltrated pop culture en masse. The world has embraced geek as chic in nearly every way, especially when it comes to having fun. >More
 When it comes to nerdy ballads, the Doubleclicks get specific

In their own brand of hyper-specific and slightly precious music about grammar gripes and dinosaurs' body-image issues, the Doubleclicks -- a Portland, Oregon-based pair of sister singer-songwriters who will play in Madison as part of their Ladies of Ragnarok tour -- exemplify the kind of creative potential that the Internet has created for musicians, particularly geeky ones. >More
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