Andy Holsteen

The past few years have seen the rise of several strong female indie vocalists. With Kate Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, Francis Quinlan of Hop Along, Laura Stevenson of Laura Stevenson & the Cans and Monica Martin of local faves PHOX steadily ascending into the limelight, more and more groups are trying to harness the power behind female singers and lyricists. Building on Buildings fits right in with the aforementioned artists. more

Jul 23, 2013 5:13 PM Song A Day


Andy Holsteen

Brooklyn's Oberhofer brought their untraditional take on pop music to the Memorial Union Terrace last Thursday evening, kicking off a tour of the U.S. and Canada. They describe themselves as a "coincidental pop" band, drawing influences from chance encounters and an underlying sense of uncertainty. For what it's worth, the genre's name sounds like an oxymoron. more

Jul 16, 2013 6:27 PM MUSIC


Joseph Engle

Torrential rain greeted Madison the morning of Friday, June 21, just as the inaugural Make Music Madison got rolling. But this didn't deter dozens of musicians who signed up to play in venues ranging from parks to community centers to private homes. "Isthmus" entertainment scribes visited nearly every part of town, documenting what they saw and heard. Here are some of the scenes they captured. more

Jun 25, 2013 4:25 AM , , MUSIC


Andy Holsteen

Dozens of young musicians and their friends, fans and families flocked to the UW Union South Sett on June 8 for the Launchpad Wisconsin finals, a battle of the bands for high school students. Thirteen groups participated, and each brought a unique playing style to the stage. Here are some highlights from the event. more

Jun 17, 2013 12:47 PM MUSIC