Joe Engle


Kristopher Johnson

Shane O'Neill moved away from Madison a few years ago, but the cofounder of local theater-punk act Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons is stoked to return for a little while. Specifically, he's "stoked for the squash curry at Lao Laan Xang, the huevos rancheros at Daisy Cafe, the pad Thai at Bandung and the World's Greatest Sandwich at Mickey's Tavern." more

Dec 2, 2014 9:53 PM MUSIC


Gleb Budilovsky / Muffin Man Photography

You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, "Love Death Immortality", create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor. more

Oct 15, 2014 8:29 PM MUSIC

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

Heavy Looks seem like a jaded bunch when you listen to their lyrics, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out. Before long you'll have a smile on your face and an urge to replay the album. more

Aug 14, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

Browsing the Bandcamp website for new music by Madison-based artists is tedious, but it can pay off big. Case in point: "EMOFUNK" by Sean Avery, a UW First Wave student who moved here from Arizona. It's available as a free download, and bonus tracks can be found on his SoundCloud page. more

Aug 7, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

The candy-coated punk of Madison's only color-coded masked band, Masked Intruder, will rip through the Frequency on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event's a release party for their second full-length, "M.I.", and it's your only chance to catch the miscreant romantics before they take their crime spree all over Europe later this month. more

Aug 6, 2014 2:30 PM MUSIC


Joe Engle

Madison cemented its status as a summer party city Friday night with the first Live on King Street of the season. With free admission to an outdoor stage next to the Majestic Theatre, and music by tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz, Dosh and DJ Nick Nice, the concert series drew what may have been its biggest crowd yet. more

Jul 19, 2014 5:48 PM , MUSIC


Joe Engle

The second annual Make Music Madison was a rousing success, so rousing that it had locals singing and dancing on sidewalks, in parks and even at the library. Nearly 400 concerts took place at more than 100 local venues, including the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, where Isthmus Jazz Festival headliners Richard Davis and Willie Pickens performed. more

Jun 22, 2014 7:54 PM , MUSIC

A four-guitared wave of excess will crash through the High Noon Saloon on June 17, leaving a sweaty mess of headbangers in its wake. It's Nashville six-piece Diarrhea Planet, who'll share the stage with Milwaukee rockers Midnight Reruns and local garage punks Fire Retarded. more

Jun 12, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC

Appearing on Saturday, June 7, Lyrics Born is the only hip-hop artist at the 25th annual Marquette Waterfront Festival. Shaped by funk, new wave and electro, the Tokyo-born, San Francisco-raised rapper should appeal to fest-goers who haven't embraced hip-hop as well as his longtime fans. more

Jun 4, 2014 1:22 AM MUSIC

The High Noon Saloon celebrates its 10th anniversary with -- you guessed it -- live music this Sunday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Take a journey back through the venerable venue's history, from the early years following the demise of O'Cayz Corral to recent shows like FRZN Fest, complete with pictures and memories. more

May 2, 2014 10:42 PM MUSIC

There's a wonderful story of misinterpretation behind the name of California band Plague Vendor. The moniker was taken from the Mexican folktale "The Pulque Vendor Tricks the Devil." A street vendor makes a deal with the devil and then gets him drunk on fermented juice (pulque), causing him to miss the deadline to complete the deal. Plague Vendor's new album feels like it's trying to hoodwink you in a similar way. more

Apr 24, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC


Tim Radl

What do you get when a giant stoner monster and warring androids walk into a Japanese gambling hall in Brainerd, Minn.? Madison supergroup the Garza, of course. Composed of bassist Shawn Blackler, guitarist Nate Bush, and drummer and singer Mike "Magma" Henry, the band have a resume that includes prominent roles in area rock groups Bongzilla, Brainerd, Droids Attack, Pachinko and Striking Irwin. more

Apr 24, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC


Daniela Trujillo

Madison crowds aren't always eager to dance, but they won't be able to stand still at the High Noon Saloon on March 31. That's when Movits! -- a group from Luleå, a town near the cold northern border of Sweden -- will hit the stage. For the past seven years, they've been making a unique brand of hip-hop mixed with big-band horns and a gradually increasing amount of electronic dance music. more

Mar 25, 2014 4:51 PM MUSIC


Tim Collins

This week marks the start of the musical portion of South By Southwest, the annual event that's drawn bands, fans and music-industry insiders to Austin, Texas, since 1987. Many corners of the Madison music community have been represented there... more

Mar 6, 2014 3:00 PM MUSIC


Joe Rocco

Filthy slush on sidewalks, gruel served in prison movies, gelatinous green pond scum. Let's face it: Mush tends to be gross. So why do we tolerate heaps of it in February? Clearly, it's Cupid's fault. The chubby cherub and his Hallmark minions turn Madison into a breeding ground for too-smooth jazz and excessive amounts of PDA. Protest the holiday from hell " and have some fun in the process " with these unconventional, not-so-romantic Valentine's weekend events. more

Feb 13, 2014 3:00 PM , , , MUSIC


Julian Bain

There's no shortage of love songs around Valentine's Day, but what about odes to local musicians who create those songs? Enter "Local Love Fest", a yearly compilation album that features local bands covering other local bands. The fourth edition debuts at a Feb. 7 show at the High Noon Saloon and one on Feb. 8 at the Crystal Corner Bar. more

Feb 4, 2014 10:28 PM MUSIC


Joe Engle

Vanishing Kids is an apt name for the band led by Fitchburg's Nikki Drohomyreky and Jason Hartman. After forming in Madison in 2000, they released a flurry of dark, complex rock records and relocated to the West Coast multiple times. They eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where they put out a split 7-inch in 2009. Then there were no new songs or concerts. Years went by, and still nothing. It looked like they had disappeared. more

Jan 30, 2014 3:00 PM MUSIC

Madison's experimental-music catalog is about to expand. On Feb. 1, a new record label called Signal Dreams will release recordings by far-out local synthesizer act Noxroy and avant-garde violinist Troy Schafer. Noxroy will perform at Good Style Shop the same night. more

Jan 29, 2014 6:33 PM MUSIC