Ingrid Laas

Protest with sass

A group of spry and sassy liberals known as the Raging Grannies makes plenty of noise about public schools, fracking, gun control and uteruses. They make their 2016 debut at the May 7 Dane County Farmers’ Market.

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Allison Eicher

Students from UW-Madison and Madison College are teaming up with architects and music legends to design the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, which is scheduled to open in the Bronx borough of New York City in 2018. more »

May 5, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Michael Yeshion

Orff's driving, pulsating "Carmina Burana" and Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" bring 2015-16 season to a forceful completion. more »

Apr 30, 2016 8:26 AM MUSIC

Companhia Urbana de Danca performed at the Isthmus office on Thursday, April 26, 2016. more »

Apr 28, 2016 4:41 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

CRASHprez takes aim at many of the problems — most of them race-based — that have plagued Madison and the rest of the country since he last dropped new music almost a year ago. more »

Apr 28, 2016 2:46 PM MUSIC

Defying the notion that young people don’t care for classics, a packed audience of high-schoolers attended an April 19 concert at Overture Hall, featuring two up-and-coming superstars, Robert Rockman and Tabby Rhee. more »

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Anda Marie

Anna Vogelzang’s been spending a lot of time in her rehearsal space. But the Madison singer-songwriter isn’t so much honing the songs from her upcoming new album as figuring out how to handle the multi-layered arrangements when she heads out on tour. more »

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra wrapped up a stellar season with a novelty-packed final concert and a guest turn from Irish piano master John O’Conor. more »

Apr 23, 2016 6:30 PM MUSIC

Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit performs an intimate acoustic Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on April 20, 2016. more »

Apr 22, 2016 1:36 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

After discovering Prince’s music, my world opened up. I left behind my earlier attitudes and embraced whatever music that caught my ear: the weird and the conventional, the dense and infectious — sometimes all at the same time. more »

Apr 21, 2016 4:45 PM MUSIC


James O'Brien

​As UW-Madison celebrates 100 years of offering Yiddish instruction, campus scholars and musicians are gearing up for “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater,” May 1-5. more »

Apr 21, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


LJ Hepp

​It took more than two decades of grinding in the trenches of ballrooms and dive bars for James Alex to finally hit it big. Now, in his 40s, the Beach Slang frontman is reaping the rewards of years of hard work. more »

Apr 21, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Caroline Smith performs an intimate acoustic Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on April 13, 2016. more »

Apr 18, 2016 8:27 AM Isthmus Live Sessions

Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist who wowed the audience at the 2016 Grammys, is coming to Madison to headline the Isthmus Jazz Festival on June 22. more »

Apr 15, 2016 3:04 PM MUSIC



Madison folk-pop duo Seasaw is releasing a new single. It comes from an upcoming new album, due out July 22. After collaborating long-distance for years, Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski wrote and recorded in a basement on Madison’s near east side. more »

Apr 14, 2016 6:35 PM MUSIC


Sweeney Photography

To celebrate two decades in print, select covers of “Maximum Ink” will be on display at the Gallery at Yahara Bay, and a free concert will be held at the Frequency featuring local bands that have been part of the paper’s diverse history. more »

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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