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Questions for Hank Williams III

Hank3 will play the Barrymore Theatre Dec. 1. It's the second leg of a tour that showcases four discs recorded from January through June of this year and recently released on his own Hank3 Records. He spoke on the phone from his apartment in East Nashville about his music; his father, Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing Obama to Hitler recently got him fired from Monday Night Football; and his grandfather, country legend Hank Williams Sr. >More
 Wonderful student talent lifts University Opera's La Bohème

Probably no serious opera company could survive if it did not mount Puccini's La Bohème every other season or so. Of course, a school opera program is not faced with the same budgetary compulsions, and can expose student performers to a wide range of literature. Paradoxically, though, part of their training should let students experience popular operas in which many will eventually be working as career professionals. >More
 The Cash Box Kings thrive on a classic Chicago sound

Joe Nosek made a hobby of perusing the pop albums archived at the Whitewater public library when he was a kid. The Rolling Stones were among his favorites. "I would study the back of the album and see all the Jagger/Richards songwriting credits," says Nosek. "But I would also see names like Chester Burnett, and that made me want to dig deeper to find out who these other songwriters were." >More
 Teacher and jazz man Terence Blanchard plays a UW gig

Jazz fanatics who love hard-bopping trumpet have been counting the days until Oct. 21, when Terence Blanchard unpacks his horn at the Wisconsin Union Theater in an Isthmus Jazz Series event. But you don't have to be a jazz fiend to be entranced by Blanchard's compositions. Fact is, you're sure to have already experienced his urgent sound. >More
 Austin originals with Gurf Morlix at Kiki's House

Gurf Morlix, named 2009's Americana Music Instrumentalist of the Year, plays the songs of the late Blaze Foley at Kiki's House of Righteous Music Oct. 27. What we have here is an original, in a tribute to an original, in Madison's original house music setting. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Lynn Harrell foregrounds underappreciated Lalo

Most guest soloists bring along a popular warhorse as a display piece that's sure to please. All praise, then, to cellist Lynn Harrell -- and to visiting conductor Ward Stare -- for venturing instead a rare but truly worthwhile novelty. >More
 At the Orpheum Theatre, Primus is an immersive, unrelenting spectacle

As the lights fell at the Orpheum Theatre, a giddy audience eyed the bass, guitar and drums, the familiar symbols of rock music. But on the stage, the first movements came from something far less common to rock shows: two giant, inflatable astronauts. >More
 The Smoking Popes' new release has a teenage point of view

Along with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, Chicago's Smoking Popes helped pioneer the melodic pop-punk movement of the early 1990s. In 2011, they are sounding as youthful as ever. That's due in part to This Is Only a Test, a new album that shines a light on life from a teenager's perspective. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians present a program that's all in the (Bach) family

The season opening concert of the Madison Bach Musicians is an interesting experiment in programming. Artistic director Trevor Stephenson has already been broadening his group's repertoire beyond the literature of the Baroque, as focused particularly of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This time he takes the Bach commitment more elastically for the program "Music of the Bach Family." >More
 In Overture Hall, Wilco hits a grand slam

Legendary British rocker Nick Lowe opened. The room sold out, there was a batch of deluxe new songs, and at times Overture Hall was the loudest it will ever get. Still, Wilco commander-in-chief Jeff Tweedy wondered aloud Wednesday night, halfway through the band's 24-song program, if the audience had their heads in his game. >More
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