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Cameron Wittig

Eau Claire native Josh Scott has known Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon since sharing band members in the early 2000s. After years of illness, self-doubt and isolation, Scott has re-emerged with a new band, Aero Flynn, and new record, produced by Vernon. more

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Futurebirds’ music features four-part harmonies over acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, banjo, mandolin and rhythmic percussion. Varying tastes and influences have strengthened the Athens, Ga.-based group’s hybrid sound. more

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Mclean Stephenson

Young Australian band DMA’s has a diverse sound that draws from American and British influences, including ’90s Britpop, shoegaze and alternative rock. They stop at the High Noon Saloon on May 29. more

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Kelly Anderson

Madison and Milwaukee neo-soul band Surgeons in Heat played few shows in recent years, and released no new music. Now they have cued up a new album perfect for the coming summer. They play May 13 at High Noon Saloon. more

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Dan Winters

Since meeting producer T Bone Burnett at a concert in 2013, Rhiannon Giddens has branched out and proven a commanding force on her own. The Carolina Chocolate Drops singer covers artists who influenced her on her new solo album. more

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Cara Robbins

After California-based rockers Foxygen posted an ambiguous tweet announcing a farewell tour, many jumped to the conclusion that the band was breaking up. But when Isthmus caught up with guitarist Jonathan Rado, he quickly dispelled the notion. more

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Tyler Zoller

"The Reverend," a.k.a. singer and guitarist Josh Peyton, has been a fan of Yazoo Records since he was a kid. So he says it's a dream come true that the label recently released the new album from his trio, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. more

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Glynis Carpenter

The last time Nikki Lane played a show in Madison she got chased by a tornado. Her tour stops aren't always as eventful, but the past year has been a busy one as Lane has toured the country and played with musicians like Loretta Lynn. more

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Rather than folding or caving into pressure to change their sound, remaining members Dave Johnston, Adam Aijala and co-founder Ben Kaufman began collaborating with fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Jolliff. more

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Nick Berard

Madison's Oh My Love had been booked to open for Mates of State, the indie pop duo from Kansas, at the High Noon Saloon last April. There was just one problem: Oh My Love had just lost two of its members, guitarist Kent Watson and bassist Zach Ellis. more

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Madison music in 2014 was invigorated by auspicious debuts and sustained by veteran artists. These 10 local releases were our favorites of the year. more

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January can be a slow time of year for music venues. Touring acts are largely on hiatus until a bit later in the season, and customers can still be recovering from the whirlwind of the holiday season. more

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Sean Tillmann isn't going to let an early winter chill cool down his spirits when he visits the High Noon Saloon on Nov. 30. As Har Mar Superstar, Tillmann has turned heads with his zany yet sultry mix of R&B, soul and pop, as well stage antics like stripping down to his underwear. more

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Sometimes a change of scenery can yield unexpected revelations. For Tennessee native Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, recent journeys to the South were more than just a chance to check out the sights. The trips opened their eyes to the power and spirit of the region. more

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Sonny Knight is a man on a mission: He wants you to know he's alive and kickin' at age 66. When the singer and his band, the Lakers, perform at the Frequency on Nov. 8, they won't hold back even a drop of sweat. With raw emotion coming from voices and instruments alike, this group are the musical definition of living in the moment. more

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Tracy Harris

Country-folk outfit Count This Penny began as a songwriting duo in East Tennessee and grew into a full-fledged band after moving to Madison in 2009. Each day they strive to improve themselves musically and otherwise. This idea appears time and again on their new EP, "Wolves Are Sheep", along with the notion of finding one's true self. more

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"Isthmus" asked Count This Penny vocalist Amanda Rigell to tell the story behind three tracks on the band's forthcoming EP, "Wolves Are Sheep". Here's what she told us. more

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Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. more

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Jay Blakesberg

Many Pixies fans thought they'd never see the alt-rock pioneers perform live after the band broke up in 1993. But lo and behold, the group returned to the stage in 2004. They didn't return to the studio much, though, not until recently, when they started recording tracks for their new LP, "Indie Cindy". The band visit the Orpheum on Sunday, Oct. 12. more

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J Mascis is synonymous with the monstrous, fuzzed-out guitar jams of Dinosaur Jr., a band known for their pounding wall of rock 'n' roll sound. But if you ever get a chance to talk to Mascis, you might find him rather quiet. The contrast makes him even more intriguing. more

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