Emily Denaro

Fourteen, 17 and 19 may seem young, but these are the ages at which members of the Jam, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones formed the most iconic bands in rock 'n' roll history. And how about Waukesha, West Allis and Milwaukee - just Wisconsin bergs? More like the birthplaces of music legends Les Paul, Liberace and Al Jarreau. Clearly, musical aptitude has no age requirement or designated zip code. more

May 2, 2008 3:00 PM Isthmus Parents

Madison does not offer many urban exploring opportunities for folks like myself who relish jumping fences and getting dirty in tunnels, so being able to live vicariously through the adventurers in "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness" was a treat and a half. The film does a thorough and engaging job of showcasing the multitude of personalities, gear, rules, fears and hopes that compose this exhilarating pastime. more

Apr 6, 2008 8:30 PM Movies

Before the screening of the "Art Star and the Sudanese Twins" at the Play Circle in UW Memorial Union, a well-dressed, fidgety volunteer shared a few jumbled words about eccentric artist Vanessa Beecroft's obsession to adopt two African children. more

Apr 5, 2008 6:00 PM Movies

Backpackers on the trains in "Ben X" may be aliens to the title character's home in Belgium, but Asperger's syndrome makes him an alien to the world. So, Ben escapes to the digital realm of Archlord, where his sunken cheeks, blue pallor and etched appearance blend easily. more

Apr 5, 2008 2:00 PM Movies


Emily Denaro

Digging the family Pinto out of a snow bank is a helluva lot different than seeing it float down the street. Each situation could certainly inspire a somber lyric, though one would more likely spark a heart wrenching minor key riff. As the New Orleans based band Galactic recorded their last album a few years back, "From the Corner to the Block", Hurricane Katrina hit and scattered band members around the country. But instead of changing their tune to echo the devastation to their home, they picked up the pieces, went to the Poconos and pumped out a pulsating fusion LP that screams change louder than an Obama rally. more

Feb 22, 2008 5:35 PM MUSIC


Emily Denaro

Former president William Jefferson Clinton spoke at the Stock Pavilion on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Thursday afternoon, speaking to a heavily-student crowd in an effort to bolster the Hillary Clinton campaign effort in Wisconsin. more

Feb 15, 2008 3:17 AM News


Emily Denaro

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stopped at Madison's Concourse Hotel Thursday morning in what many consider a futile race for the Republican nomination. He is looking to make a big showing against front-runner John McCain in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, Feb. 19. more

Feb 14, 2008 6:59 PM News


Emily Denaro

Hot Hot Heat is one of those bands that sounds like, well, everybody else, lately. Stealing from the pile of successful, cassette tape era bands seems to be in vogue or at least it was before the 1950s became the new black. Editors didn't flee too far from a New Wave sensibility either. Hot Hot Heat's high strung party was traded for a darker intoxication, striking a deeper chord in the crowd. A girl in the audience, possessed by their sound, moved so languidly that she could've charged admission. more

Jan 30, 2008 4:26 PM MUSIC

Verbal Kent gets his name from Kevin Spacey's character in "The Usual Suspects", but at last night's show at the Memorial Union, the Chicago emcee lacked the charismatic intrigue afforded to Spacey's alter-ego. more

Jan 26, 2008 4:32 PM MUSIC

The debut of theme nights at the Majestic Theatre -- most recently its Brew and View series -- delivers dancing, music and drinks to melt away the winter blues with more than just margaritas and the occasional global warming heatwave. Now comes Salsa Saturday, the Majestic Theatre's music and dance celebration and the latest Latin delight to spice up Madison -- and your weekend plans. more

Jan 9, 2008 8:45 PM MUSIC


Emily Denaro

Amid the curious aroma of coffee, beer, winter and hot-glue, people mingled and meandered through the mini-walkways of the third-annual Christmas Craftacular on Saturday morning. Held at the High Noon Saloon and hosted by The Glitter Workshop, Emily Kircher, and orangyporangy, the fair offers a variety of goodies by local crafters and artisans, and remain on display for your purchasing pleasure. more

Nov 24, 2007 7:54 PM Scenes


Modest Mouse

This was the most cutthroat, kickass, hardcore drumming extravaganza I've seen. Two drum kits towered over the rest of the stage, with Jeremiah Green and Joe Plummer lashing into them like a drum corps summoning the apocalypse. The sheer volume made the building shiver and your guts vibrate. more

Nov 11, 2007 8:50 PM MUSIC

Hipsters, geeks, freaks, dorks -- if you want to get your dance on, Soundlab is your ultimate destination on Friday nights starting this week at the Majestic Theatre with beats care of the one and only, Nick Nice. New Majestic Theatre co-owner Matt Gerding explained that he and business partner Scott Leslie wanted to form an alternative to the regular "club" scene where the draw was the music and the outcome was dancing, rather than binge drinking and grinding up on anonymous partners. more

Oct 11, 2007 6:13 PM MUSIC


Emily Denaro

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah worked the crowd like an exercise video at the Annex last night. Chinese lanterns hand painted like the cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Show Your Bone" cluttered the stage, adding to the DIY, lo fi buzz that emanated from the speakers. more

Oct 7, 2007 5:09 PM MUSIC


Kristian Knutsen

While living in Madison, I have never gotten into a drunken brawl in front of a nightclub -- at least not on King Street. Which is to say, the recently re-opened Majestic Theatre was new to me when I went there for the Porchlight fundraiser on Wednesday night. more

Oct 4, 2007 8:29 PM MUSIC



"The goal of Geek.Kon is to provide people with the opportunities to explore as many different 'geek' activities as possible," says Sarah Eichhorst, the promotions and PR co-chair for the convention, which is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the UW. more

Oct 1, 2007 5:44 PM Scenes


Emily Denaro

The audience -- which rumor has it included chanteuse/actress, Mandy Moore -- was under his thumb for the first segment of the show. Nervous onlookers were silent during songs, allowing only music -- instead of drunken babble and a pissed off frontman -- to bounce off the walls. One could practically hear insects scurrying during the harmony rich "Peaceful Valley," which earned my vote for most beautifully lush tune of the night. Perhaps every artist should scare the hell out of his fans now and again? more

Sep 29, 2007 5:42 PM MUSIC


Emily Denaro

This has definitely been the year of the Kiwi: Flight of the Conchords, "Black Sheep", and Zoe Bell's role in "Grindhouse" have all garnered the little island nation lots of attention in the U.S. through 2007. The Midwestern front first heard a reunited Crowded House and then, a short time later, the Veils opened up the Download Festival in Chicago. Last night, The Brunettes rode into Madison high on the transpacific wave. more

Sep 26, 2007 6:14 PM MUSIC


Emily Denaro

Children often ask their parents what it is like to be tall, able to reach shelves and see over the heads of others. At the Willy Street Fair, kids on stilts tower over adults, not to mention cars in the parade and the tents lining the street. Most kids have to go to Disney World to see characters from their favorite stories. At this festival, their own dreams become reality. more

Sep 17, 2007 7:10 PM Scenes


Emily Denaro

Hippie wagons, clown cars, bicycle gangs and pirate hordes hitched swarmed several blocks of Williamson Street on Sunday morning as expected. The 30th annual Willy Street Fair started with the regular loony and loopy parade of neighborhood denizens, swathed in a sea of bubbles floating from the heart of the gathering. The whimsy continued thereafter. more

Sep 17, 2007 1:49 AM Scenes