Jessica Steinhoff

If you'd called Emily Massey a musician just a few years ago, she would have corrected you. She was a dancer who trained with Madison Ballet. Her dad, Mike Massey, was the main musician of the family. He wrote the score to the company's 2013 hit, "Dr more

Dec 11, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

Singer Emily Massey says a tunnel is just the right metaphor for the debut album by Modern Mod, the band she leads with bassist Alivia Kleinfeldt, guitarist Cal Pocernich and drummer Brendan Manley. more

Dec 11, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

Building on Buildings' Erin Fuller and Connie Ward have been making beautiful noise as a duo since 2012, but 2014 has been their most fruitful year yet. more

Dec 9, 2014 9:07 PM MUSIC

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. more

Nov 20, 2014 2:00 PM TV & Video


Laura Zastrow

Roseann Sheridan knows theater can change lives. It changed hers. "When I was young, theater saved my life. I learned to accept myself and others, and I got to bring something to life," she says. more

Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM People


John Daniel Powers

Lorely Rodriguez, the 23-year-old singer known as Empress Of, creates songs so arty and high-concept that "The Guardian" called her pretentious. Do a bit more digging and you'll see that she doesn't take herself "that" seriously. more

Oct 27, 2014 7:34 PM MUSIC

American Players Theatre, the 36-year-old repertory theater company based in Spring Green, has released the schedule for its upcoming season, which runs June 6 through Oct. 18, 2015. In addition to presenting "Othello" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by William Shakespeare, its specialty, APT will stage works by such famous writers as Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen and Homer. more

Oct 23, 2014 6:12 PM Stage


Philip Whisenhunt

Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? more

Oct 23, 2014 1:00 PM , , MUSIC

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. more

Oct 21, 2014 12:41 AM MUSIC


Stuart Levitan

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. more

Oct 20, 2014 8:09 PM , Books

Twin Cities hip-hop act Atmosphere and New York City alt-rock band American Authors are poised to electrify the crowd at this year's festivities on Nov. 1. more

Oct 16, 2014 1:00 PM MUSIC

A lineup change for an existing band can be just as exciting as the unveiling of a fledgling act. Just ask Blair Clark and Leah Brooke Conway of the Sills. Conway made her Sills recording debut on the new album "The World Was Wonderful", taking the band into sublimely shadowy territory with her dark, enchanting vocals. The group sound more melancholy and menacing than they did on previous recordings, such as their self-titled 2012 debut. more

Oct 9, 2014 1:00 PM MUSIC


Philip Ashby

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. more

Oct 2, 2014 1:00 PM , , , Books


Michael Wilson

Old-time music, from banjo-driven bluegrass to square-dance fiddling, is experiencing a renaissance in Madison and beyond. Ask listeners about its origins and they'll likely point to the Appalachian Mountains, or perhaps the Irish countryside, where several elements of bluegrass were born. more

Sep 24, 2014 3:13 AM MUSIC


Leah Lin

Madison's movie calendar plumps up in the fall as Sundance's screening room announces its offerings, the UW Cinematheque starts its semester, and the Spotlight Cinema and Duck Soup Cinema series return to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center. more

Sep 11, 2014 2:00 PM A & E


Leah Lin

Some show tunes are so good that they stand on their own in concert. Here are five chances to hear live renditions of Broadway hits and other goodies from now through the start of winter. more

Sep 11, 2014 2:00 PM , A & E

Concert announcements rain down on Madison this time of year, like colorful leaves making their descent to the earth. "Isthmus" has raked through the pile and chosen more than 50 essential shows that haven't sold out yet, all of which take place between now and mid-December. more

Sep 4, 2014 2:00 PM , , MUSIC

Hundreds of fantastic touring acts will visit town this fall, but there's also a staggering amount of talent growing in our backyard. The local concert calendar is just beginning to fill out, so consider this list of over 25 must-sees a starting point more

Sep 4, 2014 2:00 PM , , MUSIC

Madison has figured out how to throw impressive outdoor concerts in recent years, thanks in part to many years of neighborhood festivals. Here are four gigs to enjoy in the fresh air before the temperatures get frosty. more

Sep 4, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC


Eric Tadsen

Wisconsin Union Theater's recently finished facelift took more than two years, but now the university's Langdon Street theater is back, complete with a spruced-up Play Circle and spiffy Shannon Hall, which has better lighting, acoustics and seating than the old main room. Here are a few of the most exciting music events coming to these two spaces this fall. more

Sep 4, 2014 2:00 PM , MUSIC