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Sexy Ester channel their passions through sultry rock songs

Rock bands aren't known for being quiet or humble. Oddly enough, singer Lyndsay Evans and guitarist Adam Eder are both of these things. Offstage, anyway. The couple helm Madison band Sexy Ester, which earned a WAMI nomination this year and picked up four MAMAs in 2011, including Alternative Artist of the Year. >More
 How to Dress Well: Total Loss

Total Loss, the newest release by Tom Krell's solo project, How to Dress Well, is both poignant and cathartic. The cover art suggests that the album is about coming to terms with the impermanence of life. Krell was heavily influenced by the recent deaths of some of his friends and family members, as well as his own struggle with depression. These are songs for the head and heart, not necessarily the hips. >More
 Music Theatre of Madison's Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a heartbreaking tribute to AIDS victims

The Friday night performance of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens by Music Theatre of Madison was heartrending, cathartic and at times hilarious. Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, itself a tremendous monument to the victims of the AIDS pandemic, the show's 44 performers paid tribute to those who died from the disease by recounting their stories. The production runs through Jan. 19 at the Bartell Theatre. >More
 Strollers Theatre's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a remarkable portrait of a southern family in crisis

A sold-out house and a standing ovation welcomed Strollers Theatre at its opening performance of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof last night. This exemplary production runs through Feb. 2 at the Bartell Theatre. Perhaps it was the racy playbill featuring leading lady Jessica Jane Witham that drew me to the show. >More
 Dan Deacon embodies hope and empowerment at the Majestic Theatre

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that Bob Dylan's show at the Alliant Energy Center last night was great. And I bet Bruce Springsteen's cameo at the Obama rally was pretty good, too. But let's be frank: They're fossils, and they're no longer relevant -- to me, at least. To quote a Dylan lyric, neither of them is "really where it's at" anymore. This is why I spent my pre-election evening at the Dan Deacon show at the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Mayer Hawthorne, Living Statues impress with back-to-back sets of rock and soul at the Majestic Theatre

The first thing I noticed at last night's Mayer Hawthorne show was the diversity of the audience. Sure, there were a few fanboys in bow ties and suspenders at the Majestic Theatre, but overall you couldn't put a pin on the audience. In the end, the only unifying factor for was the music. Fans came for the soul, and for the most part that's what they got -- after the opening act. >More
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