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Jeremiah Nelson embarks on a playcation

Madison singer-songwriter Jeremiah Nelson embarks on a national tour next month. Nelson sold out his March album-release show at the Frequency, and he continues to gain momentum as a songwriter and performer. >More
 This is what creativity looks like: 'Scott Walker Blues' by Bonobo Secret Handshake

The spirit that inspired musicians to write songs focusing on the Wisconsin solidarity movement last winter and spring continues in this summertime recall season, as the Madison-based blues-rock band Bonobo Secret Handshake recently released the video for its new tune "Scott Walker Blues," an eight-and-a-half minute funk epic set to footage from the height of the Capitol demonstrations. >More
 Kidz Bop goes too far

Without a doubt, pop music lyrics have grown more decadent. Among this summer's hottest hits, Katy Perry sings about the ménage à trois she had "Last Friday Night," and Nicki Minaj raps about dropping her panties on "Super Bass." Billboard's current number-one pop song is "Party Rock Anthem" by a group called LMFAO. >More
 Tragedy and triumph fuel Phat Phunktion's new album Real Life .:. High Fidelity

Phat Phunktion got together in 1996, but the roots of their sound stretch back much further, to the funk-laced 1970s. The nine-piece ensemble formed when its members were just UW-Madison music students looking for an outlet for their Tower of Power fixation. Today the group is a major-label act in Japan and a local legend that can draw thousands of fans to the Memorial Union Terrace. >More
 Poor diction diminishes Madison Savoyards' Utopia, Limited

Utopia, Limited (1892) was the next-to-last collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. It has long been among the least known of their operettas, but the brave Madison Savoyards, who have already staged it once before, join other companies in giving it increasing attention in recent years. >More
 Madison musicians to appear in Adam Sandler film

Drummer Scott Beardsley, bassist Chris Boeger and keyboardist Mike Cammilleri, mainstays on the Madison music scene, will grace movie screens across the country next summer. The three flew to Cape Cod last week for the filming of an Adam Sandler movie, tentatively titled I Hate You, Dad. >More
 Madison Savoyards' Utopia, Limited doesn't get the words across

Utopia, Limited (1892) was the next-to-last collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. It has long been among the least known of their operettas, but the brave Madison Savoyards, who have already staged it once before, join other companies in giving it increasing attention in recent years. >More
 Steve Earle plays a take-no-prisoners show at the Barrymore Theatre

For 48 hours, Madison is alt-country Shangri-La. Last night Texas badass Steve Earle blew the doors off the Barrymore Theatre. Tonight Gillian Welch and David Rawlings play Overture Center. In following Earle and his band, they have their work cut out for them. >More
 Amid personnel shifts, Madison classical groups present adventuresome 2011-2012 seasons

Continuity in the face of dramatic change is the theme of Madison's big classical groups this season. Amid cuts in state funding and an edgy political climate, they continue their mission to present challenging, enjoyable music for the community. >More
 New releases by The Midwest Beat, Ritt Dietz, Rising Gael and Kyle & Keem sound like the season

Lakes, backyards and parks are places we like to go in summer. Coolers, easy chairs, a good book and our favorite songs are the things we like to bring along. Musical recordings matter more this time of year. MP3s and CDs make for sun-soaked memories we'll be recalling when snow shovels and hats are back in season. >More
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