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Madison Music Scene and Heard: SweetGrass, Moustache Bash, Norah Jones

One of Madison's newer bluegrass outfits, SweetGrass, took the top spot in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Race for a Place competition during the recent Harvest Jam weekend, held Nov. 20-22 in Minneapolis. SweetGrass' performance earned the band a slot at next August's Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival >More
 Dave Rawlings takes the lead in his latest project with Gillian Welch

In a way, Dave Rawlings decided to play against his strengths. One of the most acclaimed contemporary guitar players, Rawlings made his mark teaming up with one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Gillian Welch. >More
 UW orchestra and Despite the Chaos join forces

Rock and classical music may seem like strange bedfellows, but if you examine the evidence, they've been having a love affair for quite some time. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Cardinal Bar, Escape Java Joint, John Sarris

The renovated and re-opened Cardinal Bar will be observing its 35th anniversary from Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. >More
 Charles Walker Band moves beyond traditional blues

Charles Walker is a musician in search of a genre. "This CD strays more from the blues," says Walker, 32. "It's more restless and more political." >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Gilda's Club benefit, tunes for turkey season, MAMAs

Isthmus Entertainment, a DJ service owned by German Art Students bassist Andy Larson, will be hosting a benefit for Gilda's Club on Saturday, Nov. 28. The show will take place from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Barrymore Theatre, and will feature the Shrunken Heads and No Kill I, along with music by DJs. >More
 Band to Band Combat: The Midwest Beat vs. The Selfish Gene (video)

What you are about to see is true. On Thursday, November 19, The Midwest Beat and The Selfish Gene played at The Frequency in downtown Madison in the finals of Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2009. Here are their stories. >More
 Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum brings grace, tenderness to Madison Symphony Orchestra program

Consistently excellent, if contrasting, music distinguished the Madison Symphony Orchestra's third concert program this season, Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 The Selfish Gene grabs Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2009 title

Sleek, solemn rock trio The Selfish Gene prevailed last night at the Frequency in the final round of Isthmus Band to Band Combat, the local-music contest staged by your favorite Madison alternative newsweekly. The runner-up was The Midwest Beat, the quartet whose brisk pop songs are drenched in Mersey Sound jangle. The winner was chosen by club patrons, who cast votes. >More
 Art, commerce and that pesky star system

Those who regularly attend Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts must frequently look at the program and wonder, "Why did they choose this piece?" or "Why don't they ever play that piece?" A full season of orchestral programs must, of course, be planned as a totality. So how is repertoire chosen? Who makes the decisions -- one person, a group of them, a committee? And what are the factors to be taken into account? >More
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