Aaron R. Conklin


John Hart

Madison singer-songwriter Katie Scullin puts together an impressive debut album. She hosts a pre-release party at Funk’s Pub on Feb. 17. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

As Madison’s East Washington corridor shapes up as a thriving district, a new venue has gained city approval. Aaron Conklin talks to some of the players about what the introduction of the Sylvee, the new Frank Productions venue, means for the growin more

Feb 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

It was just over two years ago when PHOX broke onto the scene with a critically acclaimed self-titled album. Aaron Conklin catches up with lead singer Monica Martin in advance of the band’s “farewell for now” show at the Capitol Theater Feb. 3. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Autumn de Wilde

The teenage brothers known as the Lemon Twigs say their sound is rooted in the 1960s. The multi-instrumentalists appear at the Sett in Union South on Jan. 27. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Tim Radl

After seven long years, Squarewave, a psych-rock project that grew out of 1980s mainstay Ivory Library, has released,“A Tighter Knot,” an album chock full of standout tracks. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Find out which games spent the most time in Aaron R. Conklin’s game queue. more

Dec 27, 2016 11:39 AM Games

Most of us are ready to let go of 2016. But Isthmus music critics have some fond memories of this year’s concerts — from punk to pop to classical. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM , , MUSIC

Madison’s gaming companies are reeling in new clients and venturing into some unexpected projects. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM News

The much-anticipated “Dishonored 2” doesn’t have much new in the way of plot. But the jaw-dropping array of magical abilities will keep you entertained. more

Nov 17, 2016 12:58 PM Games

The first track on the Big Payback’s excellent sophomore album, “Animal Brain,” works as a kick-ass rise-up anthem for the despairing Democratic masses. They launch the album Nov. 18 at Knuckle Down Saloon. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


J Scott Kunkel

The four songs on Pollinators’ “Self Addressed Envelope” are a taste from a full-length album. The band plays Williamson Magnetic Recording Nov. 18. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Emma McEnvoy

Brett Newski, the Madison singer-songwriter turned international troubadour, has been touring with the Violent Femmes. He’s back in Madison Nov. 4 with a pop-perfect sophomore album. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Fray hit it big when “How to Save a Life” played on “Grey’s Anatomy.” But the Colorado band’s long career has given them the freedom to depart from the expected. They’ll be at the Orpheum Nov. 7. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jimi Giannatti

With 23 years of recording and touring behind them, the members of Jimmy Eat World still have some surprises in store in their soon-to-be-released ninth album, “Integrity Blues.” The emo-pop-punk pioneers are at the Barrymore Theatre on Oct. 11. more

Oct 4, 2016 12:08 PM 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

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

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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

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

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

Madison’s concert venues will be overflowing this fall season, with everything from big-time hip-hop acts at Freakfest (Anderson .Paak) to DIY punk shows at Mickey’s Tavern. Here’s a handy guide to your music options. more

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