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The Handsome Family brings old-school romanticism to the High Noon

"We're celebrating our 22th wedding anniversary," Rennie Sparks said, grinning at her grammar gaffe as she picked up her banjo Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon. "My parents sold me to him when I was 3," she added, nodding toward her husband, Brett, who was swigging one of the many Miller High Lifes lined up by his feet. >More
 Better than ever, Ancora Quartet plays rarities by Mendelssohn, Dvorák

The Ancora String Quartet finished its season with a concert on June 12, in its home at the First Unitarian Society. The program consisted of two nicely contrasted works, by composers whose music in this idiom is not nearly enough appreciated by the public. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society's novel program features Schumann, Mendelssohn, C.P.E. Bach

At the Stoughton Opera House, one of my favorite performing venues hereabouts, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society opened its 19th season with its first program on June 11, fielding a pool of six musicians. >More
 Tierney Sutton is a master interpreter at Isthmus Jazz Festival

Tierney Sutton wasted no time, last Saturday night, explaining to a Wisconsin Union Theater audience just what it is her band does. "We take standard songs you know on some level and do things with them that are unique," said the Wisconsin-born jazz singer. >More
 A look at the summer 2010 live music series on the Memorial Union Terrace

Live music on the Memorial Union Terrace is part of Madison's summertime mystique. The 2010 lineup recently announced by the Wisconsin Union Directorate features diverse styles, including blues, punk, world and hip-hop. But indie rock is the main attraction. >More
 Jazz ace Clay Lyons proves the benefits of a Madison education

Phil Lyons is set to have one helluva Father's Day present. The Madison Area Music Awards' Brass Instrumentalist of the Year will leave his horn at home in order to watch his son Clay Lyons play his alto sax with the Jazz Tellers at the Brink Lounge on June 16. >More
 Sights and sounds from the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival (slideshow)

From after-work to after-midnight, scenes from the Memorial Union Terrace on Friday night of the annual showcase for jazz in Madison. >More
 Tierney Sutton highlights day two of the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival

Tierney Sutton wasted no time, Saturday night, explaining to a Memorial Union Theater audience just what it is her band does: "We take standard songs you know on some level and do things with them that are unique." >More
 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival gets intense on day one

I felt overjoyed that the rain held off for Friday's first night of the Isthmus Jazz Festival on the Memorial Union Terrace. The Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble must have felt that way, too, because they were pumping out the joy when I arrived at 4:30 p.m. >More
 Singer Tierney Sutton seeks musical and spiritual unity at 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival

After Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan sang the jazz standards, does anyone else really need to? Listening to rehashes by contemporary copycats, I tend to think no. But Tierney Sutton, the Isthmus Jazz Festival's headliner, brings something of her own to the jazz vocal tradition. >More
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