Michael K. Anderson

Soaring past obstacles

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.

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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

The new kids on the block, the Willy Street Chamber Players, have kicked off their second summer season with a delightful concert. Watch for the rest of this group’s offerings on Fridays in July. more »

Jul 9, 2016 2:00 PM MUSIC


J. Scott Kunkel

Shane Quella has spent 16 years toying around with what he’s come to call “experimental dream goth pop,” but the payoff is now at hand for the Neens frontman — a July 15 opening slot at Live on King Street, his band’s biggest gig yet. more »

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Madison-based soprano Christina Kay makes it into the final round of the Handel Aria Competition, culminating in a public concert on July 8 at Mills Hall. more »

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jaeger Photography

Madison hip-hop group 3rd Dimension’s collaborative dynamics have always been at the center of their work. Those relationships are intrinsic to the fast-paced energy of their live performances and will be on display July 1 at the High Noon Saloon. more »

Jun 28, 2016 11:45 AM MUSIC

A dozen bands representing students from 23 high schools and middle schools around the state — including three from the Madison area — were chosen from among more than 50 entrants to compete in next week’s Rockonsin finals at Summerfest. more »

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Rap is about much more than violence. It’s about community and connecting with others. And the Black Poets Society — a local hip-hop band from the mid-1990s — is bringing back their unique brand of uplifting rhymes and positive vibes to prove it. more »

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Paulius Musteikis

Live sound engineers are packing gear long after last call. And they often have to deal with patrons telling them how to do their jobs. Andy Moore ventures behind the board to talk to sound pros in Madison and finds them surprisingly upbeat. more »

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jimmy Fuson

King’s X was considered ahead of its time in the late ’80s when it arrived on the scene in a blur of Beatles harmonies, metallic riffs and prog-rock arrangements. The band’s original members are still together and visit High Noon Saloon on June 26. more »

Jun 22, 2016 12:58 PM MUSIC 2 Comments


Alan Snodgrass

Nick Woods may still have a day job, but music has become more than just a hobby for the Direct Hit! singer and guitarist. Earlier this year, his band signed to legendary punk label Fat Wreck Chords, which will release the band’s new album on June 24 more »

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform an intimate Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on June 10, 2016. more »

Jun 14, 2016 12:42 PM Isthmus Live Sessions


Bob Good

With their recent album — their fifth in a career spanning 20 years — local roots reggae crew Natty Nation delve into the benefits of finding mental balance through mindfulness meditation. more »

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Laura Gharrity

The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s HeartStrings program recently received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue its mission of bringing a professional string quartet into health care facilities. more »

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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