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The Head and the Heart deal with matters of life and death at Live on King Street

The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. >More
 A lineup of luminaries at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014

Bassist Richard Davis' star power should draw a big crowd to Isthmus Jazz Fest at the UW Memorial Union June 20-21, but the event is also a chance to celebrate other acts that keep the genre alive close to home and around the world. >More
 Dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling turns classical music into club tracks

It's not uncommon to hear about artists splicing seemingly disparate genres together to create an engaging new sound. Rocktronica, for example, is everywhere right now. Still, marrying classical music with EDM and hip-hop is not something you hear about every day, which is what makes Lindsey Stirling's material so intriguing. Dance music from a classically trained violinist who also dances while playing? How does that happen? >More
 Jeffery Broussard gives zydeco music a modern twist with zesty accordion solos

Zydeco music is exciting to begin with, but Jeffery Broussard makes it even more so. Perhaps it's because music surges through his blood. While growing up, the Louisiana native played drums in bands led by his father and brother, and he taught himself to play the accordion. >More
 Americana trio Red Molly reveal one surprise after another on The Red Album

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. >More
 ZZ Ward funnels white-hot passion into cool, modern blues

With an effortless swagger and a novel blend of blues and hip-hop, ZZ Ward is one of the coolest new artists on the pop-music scene. Even Mother Nature wants to get in on the action as the performer's Last Love Tour makes its way across the country. It stops at the Majestic Theatre on Friday, March 21. >More
 Noah Gundersen's debut Ledges shows a conflicted young man on the brink of adulthood

Noah Gundersen isn't even 25 years old yet, but the weight of the material on his full-length debut, Ledges, makes it easy to mistake him for a musician twice his age. While the singer-songwriter has explored issues related to family, death, sin and salvation on earlier EPs, he digs miles deeper on the new album, which he'll bring to the Frequency on March 1. >More
 Patty Griffin covers all the bases with remarkably different albums American Kid and Silver Bell

In 2013 Patty Griffin showed just how far she's come in her career, so her 2014 tour, which stops at the High Noon Saloon on Jan. 29, should be full of amazing performances. Last May the singer-songwriter released American Kid, her first album of all-new material since 2007's Children Running Through. Then October brought Silver Bell, an album recorded in 2000 but never officially released by A&M Records. >More
 Switchfoot: Fading West

Inspired by the their 2012 world tour, Switchfoot's Fading West looks at what happens when you face life's challenges and find pleasure on the other side of the pain. Its content isn't as thought-provoking as 2005's Nothing Is Sound or 2011's Vice Verses, but if you're looking for something ebullient along the lines of 2006's Oh! Gravity, this is probably up your alley. >More
 Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, found his own path to the limelight

It's hard not to think of Ben Taylor in the context of 1970s singer-songwriters since he's the son of two of the decade's biggest stars: James Taylor and Carly Simon. His smooth and gentle vocals could be likened to his father's, and he has some of his mother's pizzazz, too. But when he stops by the Frequency on Aug. 17, you'll see that he has blazed his own trail. >More
 Sam Lyons goes from MAMAs winner to college

Playing instruments is almost as natural as breathing for Middleton's Sam Lyons. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter, who performs in local bands Stereocolor and Moonjelly, comes from a very tuneful family. His father, Philip, is Primitive Culture's bassist; his oldest brother, Clay, is a jazz saxophonist; and his other brother, Isaac, is a hip-hop artist. The hard part was finding his voice. >More
 Robert Randolph & the Family Band: Lickety Split

After a slight misfire (Colorblind) and an album that hinted at a new sound (We Walk This Road), pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph has returned to top form with a body-rocking, soul-shaking good time of a record. >More
 La Fête de Marquette celebrates the global reach of French-speaking culture

La Fête de Marquette 2013 is right around the corner, and its focus on French-themed fun is stronger than ever with performers from at least six Francophone regions of the world. The four-day fest begins July 11, with Creole tunes by CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (7:30 p.m.) and electronic music from Luke Solomon (8:45 p.m.). Here's a guide to some other key performances, which take place near the intersection of East Washington and South Dickinson through July 14. >More
 Vocalist Typhanie Monique brings classical chops to jazz

Typhanie Monique's fans know how versatile she is. The jazz vocalist's recordings have included forays into funk, soul and even house music. What they might not know is that she also loves to teach. She just completed her master's degree at Northeastern Illinois University, whose vocal pedagogy program has had a marked effect on her singing. >More
 Scaling Mount Moriah: Layers of rock, folk and gospel take the trio's tunes to another level

It's tempting to call Mount Moriah the James Franco of pop music. The North Carolina trio seem to do a little bit of everything " rock, country, folk and gospel, as opposed to Franco's acting, writing, painting and cologne modeling. And their idiosyncrasies are part of their charm. These four tracks highlight a wide range of influences and deserve a listen before the band's June 24 show at the Frequency. >More
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