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Conductor John DeMain puts the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the spotlight to begin his 20th season

John DeMain clearly designed the opening program of his 20th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra to show off what a magnificent ensemble he has developed. That brought a festive air to the initial performance at Overture Hall on Friday, Sept. 27. >More
 Volcano Choir erupt nationally from Wisconsin

Volcano Choir are gaining speed in more ways than one. The sextet have scored a tour bus, which has been pretty exciting for the Madison-area contingent of Matt Skemp, Tom Wincek and Andy Fitzpatrick. >More
 Delta Spirit and PHOX end Live on King Street 2013 on a high note

The Majestic Theatre capped off Live on King Street, its annual summer outdoor concert series, with a farewell show on Friday. This final installment in the five concert series featured indie rockers Delta Spirit, the increasingly acclaimed Madison-based pop band PHOX, Hugh Bob and The Hustle, and DJ Nick Nice. >More
 A music lover's guide to Madison World Music Festival 2013

The Madison World Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend with three days of free international music. The fun starts today at the UW Memorial Union Terrace, and the event extends to the Willy Street Fair. >More
 Dustin Wong builds a foundation for indie music's future

Madison's fall concert season has started to hit its peak, with one of the calendar's most exciting, influential acts -- Dustin Wong -- visiting this week. He is shaping the future of indie rock with mesmerizing guitar loops. Here's an interview with him. >More
 Local Natives fly up the charts with Hummingbird

In early 2010, pop-rock outfit Local Natives quickly climbed the indie ranks with well-constructed melodies, ascendant vocal harmonies (often in three parts) and falsetto crooning. They landed gigs opening for Arcade Fire and the National, whose primary songwriter, Aaron Dessner, produced the band's new album, Hummingbird. >More
 El Reventonazo uses music to mobilize the Latino community

For the past four years, El Reventonazo has joined social justice issues and the arts in a celebration of Latino culture. This year's event, which concludes with live music on the UW Memorial Union Terrace the evening of Sept. 13, may be more vital than ever as the nation discusses immigration and workers' rights. >More
 Red Rose create a sleek fusion of analog and digital sounds

Dave Randall calls himself Captain Smooth when he performs with local band Red Rose. Maybe that's because he helps fuse lots of textures into a sleek and fluid whole. >More
 As Ironman winds down, Jim James completes a marathon of mystical rock at the Majestic

Jim James skated back and forth across the Majestic stage in his little, brown leather boots like some hip Hobbit. His new project, Regions of Light and Sounds of God, sounds like it could be the title of a Presbyterian sermon, but the music is pure mysticism and, even at the deafening volume he performed it, redemptive and soothing. >More
 Audio for the Arts challenges artists to document their finest performances

Visions are emerging at Audio for the Arts, a recording studio in the funky, colorful building at 7 S. Blair St. These aren't psychedelic experiences, but they can alter a musician's reality profoundly. They're creative visions developed with the help of studio co-founders Buzz Kemper and Steve Gotcher and sound engineer Mike Zirkel. >More
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