Out of the dorm room, onto the stage

Lucien Parker, a UW-Madison First Wave scholar who started an album in his dorm room, brings his laid-back rap style to the High Noon Saloon on Aug. 28.

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Jane Morgan

Madison band Get Back Wisconsin plays nothing but Beatles songs. They celebrate the 50th anniversary of every Beatles album by performing it live. Next up is “Revolver.” more »

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

When “Doc” DeHaven passed away last week, Madison lost a lyrical and melodic trumpet player and a longtime music educator who left a lasting impact on this community. more »

Aug 19, 2016 1:00 PM MUSIC

“Weird Al” looks back at his lengthy, colorful career in advance of his Aug. 21 appearance at Overture. more »

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Holly Whittlef

With a Southern rock sound and a Midwestern sensibility, the Driveway Thriftdwellers enter the crowded Americana scene with a new album, “Cutover Country.” They play an album release show Aug. 20 at the Frequency. more »

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Justin Kibbel, who books bands at the High Noon Saloon, and Rosalind Greiert, frontwoman for Heavy Looks, co-founded This Means War, a new music management and promotion company that aims to help young bands get their music out. more »

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Zoran Orlic

Wilco bass player John Stirratt talks with Andy Moore about the band’s playful new album, “Schmilco,” the joys of first takes and soaking up love from the crowd. Wilco plays Breese Stevens Aug. 19. more »

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Eric Snoza

Madison-based saxophonist Tony Barba debuts his new solo project Thursday night at Gates of Heaven. For the last year, he’s been experimenting with electronic effects that take the art of improvisation to the next level. more »

Aug 10, 2016 2:57 PM MUSIC


Jim Pippitt

Under the direction of conductor Scott MacPherson, Isthmus Vocal Ensemble tackles the works of the German master Johannes Brahms. The highlight is a strong chorus of 114 singers, which is clearly up to the challenge. more »

Aug 6, 2016 1:40 PM MUSIC

Overture Center for the Arts isn’t just about hosting touring Broadway shows. Its popular Rising Stars competition is underway, and the organizers are seeking diverse talents. more »

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Mike Hall

A regular at the no-holds-barred rock ’n’ roll experience at the High Noon Saloon looks back on 10 years of watching amateurs become performers at Rockstar Gomeroke. more »

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Eric Hutchinson performs an intimate Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on July 31st, 2016. more »

Aug 3, 2016 10:27 AM Isthmus Live Sessions


Michael K. Anderson

Earlier this year, violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea gained national attention after she beat out 6,000 entrants to win NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. She comes to Madison on July 30 to headline the Disability Pride Festival. more »

Jul 28, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Anthony Saint James

Saying goodbye is never easy, but it’s on the front burner for Motion City Soundtrack. The influential Minneapolis pop-punkers announced an indefinite hiatus in March and will bring their “So Long, Farewell” tour to the Barrymore Theatre on July 28. more »

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Tiffany Engen from Kinky Boots performs "The History of Wrong Guys" at the Isthmus office July 13th, 2016. more »

Jul 15, 2016 3:14 PM Isthmus Live Sessions


James Pederson

After getting noise complaints at their studio behind a north-side tattoo shop, local rap-rock collective Dogs of War needed to figure out how to keep playing while they scouted out a new practice space. Their solution was simple: go acoustic. more »

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

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