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Boston's Darlingside are a rock band, but not in the traditional sense. They melt faces with orchestral string instruments: violin, cello, bass. And that's not the only way they're turning the genre on its head. more

Nov 11, 2014 12:17 AM MUSIC

The thrust of "Let's Be Still", the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. more

Sep 16, 2014 7:37 PM MUSIC

Bassist Richard Davis' star power should draw a big crowd to Isthmus Jazz Fest at the UW Memorial Union June 20-21, but the event is also a chance to celebrate other acts that keep the genre alive close to home and around the world. more

Jun 19, 2014 2:00 PM , MUSIC

It's not uncommon to hear about artists splicing seemingly disparate genres together to create an engaging new sound. Rocktronica, for example, is everywhere right now. Still, marrying classical music with EDM and hip-hop is not something you hear about every day, which is what makes Lindsey Stirling's material so intriguing. Dance music from a classically trained violinist who also dances while playing? How does that happen? more

May 29, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

Zydeco music is exciting to begin with, but Jeffery Broussard makes it even more so. Perhaps it's because music surges through his blood. While growing up, the Louisiana native played drums in bands led by his father and brother, and he taught himself to play the accordion. more

May 21, 2014 8:03 PM MUSIC


Annabel Braithwaite

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. more

Apr 8, 2014 10:34 PM MUSIC

With an effortless swagger and a novel blend of blues and hip-hop, ZZ Ward is one of the coolest new artists on the pop-music scene. Even Mother Nature wants to get in on the action as the performer's Last Love Tour makes its way across the country. It stops at the Majestic Theatre on Friday, March 21. more

Mar 18, 2014 8:35 PM MUSIC

Noah Gundersen isn't even 25 years old yet, but the weight of the material on his full-length debut, "Ledges", makes it easy to mistake him for a musician twice his age. While the singer-songwriter has explored issues related to family, death, sin and salvation on earlier EPs, he digs miles deeper on the new album, which he'll bring to the Frequency on March 1. more

Feb 27, 2014 3:00 PM MUSIC

Keeping up with Madison's concert calendar could be a full-time job. New shows are constantly being announced, often just after an "Isthmus" seasonal concert preview, the most recent being just over a month ago. Here are three best bets for the last few days of winter, plus 10 must-see acts visiting town this spring, which begins on March 20. more

Feb 22, 2014 1:16 AM , MUSIC

In 2013 Patty Griffin showed just how far she's come in her career, so her 2014 tour, which stops at the High Noon Saloon on Jan. 29, should be full of amazing performances. Last May the singer-songwriter released "American Kid", her first album of all-new material since 2007's "Children Running Through". Then October brought "Silver Bell", an album recorded in 2000 but never officially released by A&M Records. more

Jan 23, 2014 3:00 PM MUSIC

Inspired by the their 2012 world tour, Switchfoot's "Fading West" looks at what happens when you face life's challenges and find pleasure on the other side of the pain. Its content isn't as thought-provoking as 2005's "Nothing Is Sound" or 2011's "Vice Verses", but if you're looking for something ebullient along the lines of 2006's "Oh! Gravity", this is probably up your alley. more

Jan 23, 2014 3:00 PM MUSIC

It's hard not to think of Ben Taylor in the context of 1970s singer-songwriters since he's the son of two of the decade's biggest stars: James Taylor and Carly Simon. His smooth and gentle vocals could be likened to his father's, and he has some of his mother's pizzazz, too. But when he stops by the Frequency on Aug. 17, you'll see that he has blazed his own trail. more

Aug 15, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC


Eyleen Chou

Playing instruments is almost as natural as breathing for Middleton's Sam Lyons. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter, who performs in local bands Stereocolor and Moonjelly, comes from a very tuneful family. His father, Philip, is Primitive Culture's bassist; his oldest brother, Clay, is a jazz saxophonist; and his other brother, Isaac, is a hip-hop artist. The hard part was finding his voice. more

Aug 1, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

After a slight misfire ("Colorblind") and an album that hinted at a new sound ("We Walk This Road"), pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph has returned to top form with a body-rocking, soul-shaking good time of a record. more

Aug 1, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

La Fête de Marquette 2013 is right around the corner, and its focus on French-themed fun is stronger than ever with performers from at least six Francophone regions of the world. The four-day fest begins July 11, with Creole tunes by CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (7:30 p.m.) and electronic music from Luke Solomon (8:45 p.m.). Here's a guide to some other key performances, which take place near the intersection of East Washington and South Dickinson through July 14. more

Jul 3, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Typhanie Monique's fans know how versatile she is. The jazz vocalist's recordings have included forays into funk, soul and even house music. What they might not know is that she also loves to teach. She just completed her master's degree at Northeastern Illinois University, whose vocal pedagogy program has had a marked effect on her singing. more

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

It's tempting to call Mount Moriah the James Franco of pop music. The North Carolina trio seem to do a little bit of everything " rock, country, folk and gospel, as opposed to Franco's acting, writing, painting and cologne modeling. And their idiosyncrasies are part of their charm. These four tracks highlight a wide range of influences and deserve a listen before the band's June 24 show at the Frequency. more

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Like many singer-songwriters, Anaïs Mitchell has a gorgeous voice and writes deeply felt songs about heartbreak. She's anything but ordinary, though. Her albums are conversation pieces that explore different types of stories, from ancient myths to modern-day mysteries. She'll visit Redamte Coffee House with singer-guitarist Jefferson Hamer on May 17. more

May 15, 2013 7:42 PM MUSIC


Rich Gastwirt

The Carolina Chocolate Drops have hit it big with their contemporary take on old-time folk music. So big that life on the road can be discombobulating. "I knew we were hitting it hard on the road when I wouldn't remember what room I'd be in at a hotel, just because there'd been too many in a row," says multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons. more

Apr 24, 2013 5:48 PM MUSIC

Josh Ritter didn't let his 2011 divorce from fellow singer-songwriter Dawn Landes stop his creative process. In fact, the split -- and the sequence of events that led up to it -- prepared him to create his latest album, "The Beast in Its Tracks". But there was a moment of hesitation at the start. more

Apr 18, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC