Aaron R. Conklin

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Aaron Conklin

Fresh off their Grammy win, Portugal. The Man delivers a high-energy trip through their back catalog at Overture Hall. more


“Shadow of the Colossus” gets a gorgeous graphic overhaul. But it maintains its mid-aughts charm as you ride across the countryside to slay the big-ass beasts. more


Jazz-pop songwriter Becca Stevens prepares for an intimate Valentine’s Day gig at the Memorial Union’s Fredric March Play Circle. more



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Last year’s Indie Arcade was so popular, it ran two hours over. This year, the expanded event at Robinia Courtyard on Feb. 15 features 11 new games created by independent developers from the region. more

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Under the agreement, Live Nation, Frank Productions’ formal rival, gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. Local musicians react to the news. more

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In a shocking move, Frank Productions is selling a controlling interest to Live Nation, its former rival. Live Nation gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. more

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Isthmus games scribe Aaron Conklin looks back at his seven favorite videogames from the past year. more


Madison’s Anna Wang releases a synthesizer-driven electropop album, all recorded in her home studio. more


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Renovations at the Orpheum have allowed the venue to reopen its smaller, more intimate Stage Door performance space. The Rebirth Brass Band will play there in January. more



Chris Schellpfeffer

The Foo Fighters roared into the Kohl Center on Nov. 7 with with an infectious and long-lasting energy. more



Nate Koehler

Freakfest, Madison’s annual Halloween bacchanalia, is a creative costuming hotbed. But the headliners usually don’t dress up. Aaron R. Conklin offers up some outside-the-box costume suggestions for the funk, rock and hip-hop legends. more


“The Evil Within 2” is a shockingly good sequel to the original, a head-tripping gore fest centered around a grizzled detective. more


Madison hosts M+ DEV, a major videogame developer conference that organizers hope will help boost Wisconsin’s place in the growing industry. more



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The beautifully angsty Violent Femmes are back on tour, retracing their steps from a 1998 tour around Wisconsin. Aaron Conklin sits down for story time with lead singer Gordon Gano. more


This weekend is jam-packed with huge shows — Against Me!, Ryan Adams and EmmyLou Harris, Modest Mouse and Gogol Bordello. And they’re all hosted by the soon-to-be-merged Majestic-Frank empire. more



Douglas Otto

As Madison’s third Wizard World wrapped up on Sept. 24, the annual comic con was plagued with guest cancellations. Luckily, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee was here to save the day. more



Juliet Goodman

We’ve got Inuit throat singing, feminist hip-hop, shoegaze, punk, ska, prog rock and a host of other concerts coming up from now until the end of the year. Get your calendars out. It’s time for Isthmus’ fall music preview. more

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Although the band broke out in the pre-streaming era, Foster the People is still experimenting and incorporating new influences. The band plays the Orpheum Sept. 9. more



Jay Smiley

Madison-area fans have two chances to catch legendary Minneapolis punk/new wavers The Suburbs. They’re at Summerfest June 29 and High Noon Saloon July 1. more


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    UW grad Benedict Fritz (left) worked with a Chicago team to design Tumbleseed.

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    Success! Chris Alban holds up the cash from the safe after the team unlocks it.

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