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For Anna Vogelzang, South by Southwest was an endurance test

Anna Vogelzang has tweeted what could be the lyrics to the world's shortest country song: "Broke my phone screen, broke my boot soles, but did manage to catch a cab home!" It's Sunday, March 18, and the Madison-based singer-songwriter has wrapped up her sixth and final performance at this year's South by Southwest. >More
 Cursive serves up a dark concept album with I Am Gemini

Omaha indie-rock outfit Cursive avoids categorization, creating music that teeters between literary exercises and rock 'n' roll epics. On their latest full-length, I Am Gemini, a haunted house filled with devils, angels and feuding twins is the setting for one of the band's darkest works to date, a surreal concept album structured as a two-act musical. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announce 2012-2013 seasons

Do you have plans for April 2013? If you're a classical fan, it's time to start making them. The city's premiere ensembles, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, have announced their 2012-2013 seasons. Both schedules feature a wealth of guest artists, most of them returning visitors. >More
 University Opera's Don Giovanni peaks with late, great arias

I had to miss the Friday evening performance by University Opera of Don Giovanni, Mozart's tale of a decadent nobleman. I caught instead the one on Sunday afternoon, March 18, in UW Music Hall. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and pianist Christopher Taylor unearth a melodious rarity

Friday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra devoted its March 16 concert to a "Celtic Celebration," a designation covering three of the four programmed works. Otherwise viewed, it offered two very familiar pieces framing two quite rare ones. >More
 Tefman, Icarus Himself, The Hussy, Sugar Stems share latest videos

Check out YouTube for the latest from Madison musicians, including some collaborations -- not always intentional. >More
 The Kissers, reinvigorated by Wisconsin political tension, talk Pogues and St. Patrick's Day

Madison hasn't been the same since The Kissers took a leave of absence back in 2008. Without the sounds of their enthusiastic protest songs played to the key of the Irish pub music that inspired them, the city has been missing their raucous sounds. But after a fresh break and reinvigorated by the political climate of the state, The Kissers have returned to action, brandishing their instruments at injustice in the morning and returning to the clubs after dark. >More
 Elton John's deep cuts serve up quirky rewards

Elton John and his band hit the Alliant Energy Center on March 22, but if you should lose out in the Ticketmaster stampede, there's consolation. The stadium-friendly hits may be great, but they make up just a fraction of a devoted listener's journey of discovery. >More
 Conducting the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Carl St. Clair pulls out all the stops

In his return to the Madison Symphony Orchestra as guest conductor, Carl St. Clair presents himself frankly as a podium showman, even down to lively choreography while at work. His is, in all, an approach that delights both the orchestra and the public. >More
 A mother lode of tunes: SiriusXM promises so much, and yet...

I had forgotten how much I like the Grateful Dead. I had also forgotten that I was a high-schooler shooting the peace sign in the audience at the Freedom Hall Louisville show on June 18, 1974. And hey! Here's that show on the friggin' radio! SiriusXM friggin' radio! >More
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