Scott Gordon

This year Ed Hamell is finding a younger audience for his improbably loud acoustic guitar and impishly profane rant-songs. The Uncluded, a duo composed of singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper Aesop Rock, picked his one-man act Hamell on Trial to support their current tour. Hamell's delivery tends toward the frantic and nasal, so he'll sound at home opening for the deceptively jolly-voiced Dawson and the cryptic, thick-voiced Aesop when they visit the High Noon Saloon on June 29. more

Jun 27, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Madison has a lot of jazz vocalists for a town its size, but Michelle DuVall is the only one with a residency on the Mickey's Tavern patio. At those gigs, which take place the second and fourth Thursday of each month, she usually forms a stripped-down trio with guitarist Doug Brown and bassist Nick Moran. She'll change things up at Isthmus Jazz Fest, where she'll front the eight-piece band Get Down, Mr. Cat! at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. more

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC


Carolyn Fath

Madison's buy-local ethos will face a curious test when Mystery to Me opens at 1863 Monroe St. on June 15. Joanne Berg retired from a long career in higher education to open the bookshop, something she's wanted to do for a long time. She bought the inventory and shelving from Booked for Murder, a long-running store specializing in mystery novels. But she would have gone with plan B -- "retire and maybe do some consulting" -- had she not noticed a For Lease sign on Monroe Street while walking to Trader Joe's from her nearby home. more

Jun 13, 2013 2:00 PM Books

East Bay hip-hop foursome Souls of Mischief will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, '93 Til Infinity, by performing the entire album at the Majestic Theatre on June 19. Its production still feels funky and warm, and MCs Opio, A-Plus, Phesto and Tajai still come off as both thoughtful and happily obnoxious. more

Jun 13, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC


Sharon Vanorny

The sun doesn't set until almost 9 p.m. right now, which means nightlife takes place in the light and the dark. For some, this means more time to work on a tan while sipping a cocktail at a rooftop cafe. For others, this means 100-degree days are just around the bend, along with the urge to crawl into in a cool, shady cave. For most of us, it's a bit of both. more

May 30, 2013 2:00 PM , , , MUSIC

Stoughton Opera House boasts many traditions: historic preservation, intimate musical performances, and seats so hard that elderly patrons know to bring cushions. Plus, the venue's booker, Christina Dollhausen, has created a new tradition over the past year: introducing performers with short songs of her own. more

May 23, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

This summer's characteristically diverse music slate at Memorial Union Terrace will feature stellar rappers El-P and Killer Mike, electronic musician Maxmillion Dunbar, and even a respectable showing from Madison-based acts. more

May 17, 2013 9:17 PM MUSIC

Andy Downing arrived at "The Capital Times" a music writer in 2011. He left last week as a "features reporter with music emphasis." His departure only deepens the uncertainty about what Capital Newspapers hopes to accomplish with its changing approac more

May 17, 2013 2:23 PM News

The Pondamonium music festival won't return to the Duck Pond in 2013, according to Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman. The event's website indicates that "more information on Pondomonium 2013 [is] to be released in January," but that clearly hasn't happened. more

May 16, 2013 5:35 PM MUSIC

On their fifth album, Bay Area instrumental duo Barn Owl cement their place between the slow-moving guitars of Earth and the abstract drones of experimental standouts Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker. more

May 16, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Madison's Dharma Dogs were one of the first bands to play the Memorial Union Terrace this year. They opened for touring bands Pleasure Leftists and Heavy Times in late April. As they delivered their spirited take on grunge and punk, abrasive sounds almost felt normal at UW venues. more

May 16, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

The long-running mystery-centric bookstore Booked for Murder has found a buyer. With Booked for Murder owner Sara Barnes moving back to her hometown in Minnesota, UW-Madison Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Joanne Berg has purchased the business and will reopen it June 15 under the name Mystery to Me. more

May 10, 2013 9:07 PM Books 1 Comments

In her Casio-driven solo project Stephanie Rearick Jr., Madison musician Stephanie Rearick pares down her music to disarming effect. This is especially true on her new album, "Dreamworld". more

May 10, 2013 3:26 AM Song A Day

The Dillinger Escape Plan are a band of dizzying possibilities, one of which is morphing into a pile of musical gibberish. With their heady fusion of metal and hardcore punk, the New Jersey group consistently set a high bar for technical accomplishment and merciless anger. more

May 6, 2013 9:17 PM MUSIC

Madison metal band Luna Mortis recently announced that they'll reunite after nearly three years of silence. more

May 2, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Cowboy Winter take a novel approach to soul and R&B on their debut album, "Magic or Tragic". Instead of polishing their Motown influences like a session band would, the local group give them the bare immediacy of garage-rock. Lead vocalist Kevin Willmott declaims songs like "The Difficult One" with both achy sincerity and theatrical screams. more

May 2, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

Before giving a talk Tuesday night at the UW's Red Gym, Ian MacKaye chatted with Robin Davies, bassist of Tar Babies, a Madison hardcore band from the 1980s. The group crossed paths with MacKaye's band Minor Threat in the early '80s. During two hours of Q&A with the audience, MacKaye's most entertaining remarks drew on other relationships he's formed during his years touring with Minor Threat and Fugazi and running the estimable Dischord Records. more

May 2, 2013 3:55 AM MUSIC


Jake Naughton

If Harmony Bar owner Keith Daniels were to write a job description for his successor, he would likely call for the person best equipped to bring about the least change possible. Daniels, 61, decided several years ago that he'd eventually sell the Atwood Avenue restaurant and music venue to Bradley Czachor, who worked at the Harmony for nearly 10 years and currently manages the Great Dane's Hilldale brewpub. more

Apr 30, 2013 9:11 PM MUSIC

"Colias 1", a new album from Madison's Mine All Mine Records, is proof of how focused yet ragtag our city's electronic musicians can be. The double-disc compilation will be released at Bright Red Studios at a show on Friday, April 26. more

Apr 26, 2013 2:45 PM MUSIC

Pissed Jeans seem to idealize the power of noise-rock while regarding it as the dumbest possible style of music. The band offer a lean and powerful update on the likes of Flipper and the Jesus Lizard that's not as self-consciously ambitious as, say, fellow Sub Pop noise-rockers Metz. more

Apr 18, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC