Charles Hughes

For its seventh ceremony, Saturday night, the Madison Area Music Awards moved to the relatively cushy surroundings of the Capitol Theatre, and the new location only added to the sense that, with its voice-overs and video montages, the MAMAs have become a polished entertainment spectacle. more

May 9, 2010 3:28 PM MUSIC


Craig Cady

At its best, soul music has always affirmed the joy of existence. This affirmation doesn't navely deny life's complexity, but instead acknowledges the difficult process of putting one foot in front of another. All of soul's great figures, from Sam Cooke to Mary J. Blige, have tread this line, and -- Wednesday night at the Barrymore Theatre -- Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings claimed their place in this tradition. more

Dec 4, 2008 4:38 PM MUSIC

Nick Lowe is nervous about returning to Madison. He stopped in the city regularly during his brief run of pop stardom, when he hit the Top 20 with "Cruel to Be Kind," toured with the famed Rockpile and shepherded the career of a young Elvis Costello. But he has not visited in many years. more

Oct 10, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

Anyone who frequents downtown nightclubs is likely familiar with the tall, wiry-haired DJ who goes by the name Chuck Money. Specializing in soul, funk and hip-hop from the 1960s through the 1980s, Chuck (real name Charles Denno) has been entertaining area crowds for over a decade, bringing his bottomless collection of great records to the ears (and souls) of local listeners. more

Apr 4, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC


Raka Bandyo

Over the last few years, Madison has produced a notably fertile country-music scene, featuring numerous talented artists who entertain local audiences with styles ranging from honky-tonk to bluegrass. One niche has been less well-served, though: Western swing, the playful alchemy of country, Western and jazz that came to be defined by the music of Texas-based bandleaders like Bob Wills and Milton Brown. more

Mar 7, 2008 7:08 PM MUSIC

Twenty-fours after one of the worst snowstorms in recent Madison history might not seem like the optimum time to stage a live nightclub show ambitiously titled "The Rock And Roll Revival." Indeed, the sizable snowdrifts lining the streets surrounding the High Noon Saloon seemed simultaneously peaceful and funereal, neither of which would lend itself to the kind of blazing glory that each of the evening's main performers -- Jason Isbell and Will Hoge -- practice with such expertise. more

Feb 8, 2008 4:40 PM MUSIC

Dec. 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Otis Redding, along with all but one member of his band The Bar-Kays, in a Lake Monona plane crash that silenced the voice of one of American music's most promising artists. To commemorate this sad, significant occasion, two Madison-area tributes are taking place this week, featuring a variety of speakers and musicians reflecting on Redding's legacy. more

Dec 4, 2007 5:35 PM MUSIC

On Dec. 10, 1967, the small plane carrying 26-year-old Otis Redding and his road band, the Bar-Kays, crashed into Lake Monona, thus ending the life of one of American music's most uniquely promising artists. The 40th anniversary of this occasion seems an appropriate time to reflect on Redding's life and legacy, since the Georgia native left an indelible mark during his brief moment in the spotlight. Though the icy water took his life, his memory - like his music - remains powerful. more

Nov 30, 2007 4:00 PM MUSIC

Madison boasts a rich community of traditionally minded musicians. These players and songwriters explore various strains of America's musical roots with a vigor and proficiency that make them both loving preservationists and active participants. A recent addition to this community is the Cajun Strangers, whose lively brand of traditional Cajun music has led them from local dance floors to international acclaim. more

Oct 19, 2007 3:00 PM MUSIC

For a period of 20 years, the recording scene in Muscle Shoals, Ala. produced a near-bottomless trove of classic hit records that not only spanned genres, but often helped create them. In the coming weeks, Madison audiences will be treated to several shows by Shoals-based artists, each of whom bridges the eras of its musical history. more

Oct 18, 2007 5:23 PM MUSIC