Upbeat reunion

The name wasn’t meant to stick, but Phat Phunktion sure has. The horn-driven funksters don’t play out much these days, but they will celebrate a 20-year reunion at the High Noon Saloon on Oct. 7.

more »


The Mowgli's perform an intimate Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on September 25, 2016 more »

Sep 27, 2016 8:51 AM Isthmus Live Sessions

KT Tunstall performs an intimate Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on September 23, 2016 more »

Sep 26, 2016 4:36 PM Isthmus Live Sessions


Chris Hynes

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season opener on Friday featured superbly realized Holst set to a distractingly irrelevant NASA video, plus works by Enescu and Corigliano. It will be repeated Sept. 24 (8 pm) and Sept. 25 (2:30 pm). more »

Sep 24, 2016 8:00 AM MUSIC

Jeff Castelaz, KT Tunstall’s manager, has his own tragic story, losing a son to cancer. The former Wisconsinite moved to LA, and became president of Elektra Records. Now he’s using his connections for good. more »

Sep 21, 2016 4:47 PM MUSIC


Gina Bower

Catherine Capellaro talks to Brandon Beebe, the local phenom behind Purple Veins, the Prince tribute playing the Majestic Theatre on Sept. 24. more »

Sep 21, 2016 3:00 PM MUSIC

Formed by two former members of Trip Shakespeare, Twilight Hours hits Stoughton Opera House on Sept. 21. Aaron Conklin talks to Matt Wilson about the band’s debut album, “Black Beauty.” more »

Sep 20, 2016 12:52 PM MUSIC 2 Comments

Music-Tunstall-KT-crTomOxley-09222016 (3).jpg

Tom Oxley

Scottish pop-rocker KT Tunstall hit a rough patch after a divorce and death in the family. Now she’s back and feeling inspired, writes Aaron R. Conklin. She hits the Barrymore Theatre on Sept. 23. more »

Sep 20, 2016 11:03 AM MUSIC


Barry Lewis

A new first-chair violin adds energy and exuberance to the Ancora String Quartet. The ensemble launched its season at the First Unitarian Society on Sept. 17. more »

Sep 18, 2016 1:35 PM MUSIC


Ben Rouse

The psychedelic glam-pop circus known as of Montreal is rolling into Madison on Sept. 20. Isthmus speaks to the band’s iconic founder and artistic visionary, Kevin Barnes. more »

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Tommy Washbush

Lou and Peter Berryman, Madison’s beloved comedic folk duo, is slowing down their national touring schedule after 40 years. But they’re still pumping out hilarious songs, and releasing a songbook at the Brink Lounge on Sept. 24. more »

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM MUSIC

Music-Falcon-crGregPallante-09122016 640x480.jpg

Greg Pallante

The talented punk rocker Brendan Kelly is coming to town on Sept. 15 as part of The Falcon. And, BTW, he’s the genius behind the ironic Twitter account Nihilist Arby's. more »

Sep 13, 2016 10:29 AM MUSIC


Dave Miess

None of the members of Oregon’s Distant Cuzins are actually cousins, but the founders of the youthful rock band met in fourth grade. They’ve made a splash at Summerfest, and they’re pumped about a new EP. more »

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

John McCrea, the iconoclastic founder of Cake, talks to Isthmus in advance of the band’s Sept. 9 appearance at Breese Stevens Field. more »

Sep 7, 2016 5:00 PM MUSIC 1 Comments

With her sophomore album, NYC-based artist Xenia Rubinos finds her political and artistic voice. But her music is still all about having fun. more »

Sep 6, 2016 4:52 PM MUSIC

He’s one of rap’s hottest stars, and he’s coming to Madison to play Freakfest. Anderson .Paak plays State Street on Oct. 29. more »

Sep 1, 2016 7:05 AM MUSIC

Majestic Theater


September 28, 2016


September 29, 2016


September 30, 2016


October 1, 2016


October 2, 2016


October 3, 2016


October 4, 2016

What to Do
* indicates required

  • What's happening this weekend

  • Bringing you the fun around town

  • A celebration of great beer

  • Our guide to food around Madison