Andy Moore

Andy Moore bids farewell to the Close to Home column, and remembers many of his favorites. more

Apr 23, 2015 6:15 AM Andy Moore


Molly Wilson

A bestselling author, essayist, farmer and now philosopher, Michael Perry is entering new territory by adapting his popular memoir, “Population 485,” for the stage. It’s at Stoughton Opera House Aug. 18-20. more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM Stage 1 Comments


Anthony Scarlati

The Sugar Maple Music Festival brings traditional music and lots of DIY activities to the shores of Lake Waubesa. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Recorded live at the Stoughton Opera House, No Name String Band’s new album, “Anytime,” is a tasty collection of down-home originals and new interpretations of standards. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jeremy Lange

The famously idiosyncratic Mountain Goats hit the Majestic on July 8. Andy Moore talks to the band’s drummer Jon Wurster, who leads a double life as a podcast comedian. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC



Songwriter Michael McDermott crashed and burned after a successful run in his early career. Now the 48-year-old songwriter is sober and celebrating the critical success of a new album. He stops at the High Noon Saloon June 4. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Ashutosh Sharma

Locally, Ankur Malhotra is one of the faces behind the Musique Electronique stage. But he’s leading a double life, traveling back and forth to India to record Indian musicians and press them on vinyl. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Connie Ward

Folk rocker Nick Brown’s new release shows his mastery over imagery and composition. It features a number of Madison’s folk-rock luminaries. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Carolyn Fath

Beloved High Noon Saloon owner Cathy Dethmers celebrated the end of an era with Madison’s musical scenesters. She passes the torch to Frank Productions. more

May 1, 2017 3:00 PM MUSIC


Sarrah Danziger

Bronx-born Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra embarks on a new sonic journey with “The Navigator,” the latest album from her band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Catch them at the High Noon April 29. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Local country music expert Bill Malone pens a fascinating new biography of bluegrass great Bill Clifton. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Audre Rae

Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch have paired up to produce an addictive debut album. Andy Moore reviews “Lost Lakes” in advance of the album release at High Noon Saloon March 9. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jim Gill

Ed Garvey, attorney, labor activist and founder of Fighting Bob Fest, has died at age 76. He appeared in the 1990s as a commentator on Wisconsin Public Television’s "WeekEnd” news program. Andy Moore, the show’s senior news producer remembers Garvey. more

Feb 23, 2017 3:59 PM News 2 Comments

After a five-year hiatus, Madison’s pioneering grunge rockers Blueheels are back. They debut new material at the High Noon Saloon Dec. 21. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Brett Stepanik

The annual Wintersong show is a collaboration with dozens of Madison folk musicians to benefit Second Harvest. But coordinating is a chaotic affair with lots of moving parts. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot

Singer songwriter J. Hardin comes out of self-exile with “The Piasa Bird,” an evocative album culled from soul-searching journals written on the night shift. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC



Lost Lakes, a new collaboration between folk travelers Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch, has been five years in the making — and worth the wait. They perform Nov. 3 at Williamson Magnetic Recording Studio. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Thomas DeVillers

For some, yoga is the quiet staircase to serenity. For others, the banjo is one of the most anxiety-provoking instruments. So why mix the two? Andy Moore investigates. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot


Myrna Jacobs

The youthful band members of the Way Down Wanderers bring their sweet harmonies and tunes from an excellent debut album to the High Noon Saloon on Sept. 7. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Addie Juell

Andrew Bird, the talented violinist, glockenspiel player and whistler, brings a new, straightforward sound to a Sept. 6 concert at the Overture Center. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 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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