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


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


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


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

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

Sep 1, 2016 12:05 AM , , , , , , MUSIC


Holly Whittlef

With a Southern rock sound and a Midwestern sensibility, the Driveway Thriftdwellers enter the crowded Americana scene with a new album, “Cutover Country.” They play an album release show Aug. 20 at the Frequency. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Zoran Orlic

Wilco bass player John Stirratt talks with Andy Moore about the band’s playful new album, “Schmilco,” the joys of first takes and soaking up love from the crowd. Wilco plays Breese Stevens Aug. 19. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Paulius Musteikis

Live sound engineers are packing gear long after last call. And they often have to deal with patrons telling them how to do their jobs. Andy Moore ventures behind the board to talk to sound pros in Madison and finds them surprisingly upbeat. more

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Pamela Phillips Olson began as a mealtime volunteer at Temple Beth El. From there, she began to collect stories from Madison elders, culminating in a new book, “Lechayim Lunch.” more

Jun 2, 2016 5:00 AM Books 1 Comments


Festival photos by David Michael Miller

Madison is rich in summer festivals, and this bounty means you get to see top national and international acts — for free— all summer long. Isthmus music critics weigh in on the summer’s don’t-miss festival shows. more

Jun 1, 2016 11:58 PM , , , , , , MUSIC



Marquette is one of only three local elementary schools with show choirs. Andy Moore watches one of its practices, and finds it’s a lot of hard work and fun. more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot



Analog recording has been replaced by the cheaper, easier digital technology. But for those who prefer the old-fashioned recording method, there’s Williamson Magnetic Recording Company. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot 3 Comments


Audre Rae

Anna Vogelzang has launched a Kickstarter in support of her new album. “I’ve never been more proud of a record,” says the local popstress. more

Oct 21, 2015 4:09 PM MUSIC


Rataj Berard

A sold-out Orpheum crowd showered Garbage with love throughout a thundering, two-hour show Sunday night. The grunge-era pioneers loved them right back by loosely recreating their debut record to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release. more

Oct 19, 2015 1:00 PM MUSIC


Rataj Berard

Every summer, thousands of boats pass through the Tenney Park Locks, moving back and forth between lakes Mendota and Monona. In this week’s Snapshot, Isthmus visits with one of the people who makes sure the journey is smooth. more

Sep 5, 2015 12:00 AM Snapshot


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