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We pick the best of the summer concert lineups. The venues range from tiny Yuba City to the heart of Chicago. more

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Photos by: Benjamin Ealovega, Lisa Marie Mazzucco, Chris Hynes

Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates two landmarks in its upcoming 2018-19 season: It’s maestro John DeMain’s 25th season conducting, and it’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late, great Leonard Bernstein, one of DeMain’s collaborators. more

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Madison folk-pop trio Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets will release their sophomore album on June 1. It’s an emotional work from three standout vocalists. more

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At a time when many of Madison’s live music venues are controlled by the same entity, Ruby Lounge is staying independent — and attracting national acts. more

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The audience delighted in the showy moments of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s all-Beethoven season finale. But classical critic John W. Barker also delighted in soloist John O’Conor’s understated moments. more

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The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together. more

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Ava Rodriguez

An overheard conversation and a serendipitous meeting brought together two longtime members of Madison’s music scene for a new project aimed at spreading queer joy and breaking gender binaries. more

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Listen to a curated list of tracks from artists playing shows in Madison this week. more

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Dan Williams

Madison Symphony Orchestra finishes off its season with a study in contrasts: Mozart and Janáček. more

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Madison’s Arts + Literature Lab is becoming a regional destination for avant-garde jazz. The venue is curating a neighborhood-wide jazz festival on May 4. more

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David E. Jackson

A standout Americana duo from Milwaukee, Dead Horses has a beautiful new album out and is embarking on a nationwide headlining tour. more

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One of Madison’s finest singer-songwriters, Josh Harty has made it his mission to help promote Wisconsin musicians. Now, he’s launching a new folk series aimed at bringing artists from around the country to Madison. more

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The Sylvee isn’t finished, but the new 2,500-seat venue has announced an impressive fall lineup: The Decemberists, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Death Cab for Cutie, and Madison’s beloved Garbage. more

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James Gill

Strong performances and superb production make Madison Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” an excellent season-ender. more

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Allison Geyer

After a string of break-ins, MC Audio is moving to a new location on Fordem Avenue. The DJ equipment shop has been an essential resource for the local music community for nearly two decades. more

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The fantastic Russian-born violinist Ilya Kaler returns to Madison, delivering a perfect Paganini with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. more

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