Tom Whitcomb


Jas McDaniel

Madison’s Jason Hartman of Vanishing Kids is psyched about bringing an all-day festival of gloom and doom to the Frequency. Ancient Future: Heavy Psych and Doom Fest is on April 29. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Branden Vondrak

Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller has shifted her approach to comedy since the election of Donald Trump. It’s also about resistance now. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Stage 1 Comments

After an exciting 2016, Madison’s indie pop duo Seasaw is embarking on an East Coast tour. They launch at the Frequency March 2. more

Mar 1, 2017 1:14 PM MUSIC


Matt Jacoby

Dawes, the California quartet known for a breezy folk rock sound, has been evolving. They play tunes from 2016’s “We’re All Gonna Die” at the Barrymore Theatre Feb. 6. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Drive-By Truckers have never been shrinking violets, but in the age of Trump, frontman Patterson Hood is not holding back his rage. The Truckers stop at the Majestic Jan. 31. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Madison’s poets and writers come together for Writers Resist as part of a national effort to respond to the election of Donald Trump. Readings and an open mic take place on Jan. 15 at Gates of Heaven. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Books

On Donald Trump’s inauguration day, cities across the country will host comedy festivals, with proceeds benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. The Madison installment, at the Majestic Theatre, features headliner Madison native Nate Craig. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

How would you like to say goodbye to this year? Whether it’s with a dose of comedy, funk or punk, Isthmus tracks down a diverse range of entertainment options for Dec. 31. more

Dec 26, 2016 5:05 PM MUSIC

Most of us are ready to let go of 2016. But Isthmus music critics have some fond memories of this year’s concerts — from punk to pop to classical. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM , , MUSIC


Nick Neuenhaus

Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts is a trio of cousins who love touring and rocking out together. They hit the Frequency with material from a new album Dec. 2. more

Nov 30, 2016 1:31 PM MUSIC

When it seems like the world is falling apart, sometimes the only place you can turn is music. Isthmus music writer Tom Whitcomb curates a defiant soundtrack for these troubled times. more

Nov 26, 2016 12:00 PM MUSIC


Tamara Alswager

After a spectacular flameout and harrowing struggle with addiction and mental illness, Communist Daughter bandleader Johnny Solomon is back on track, with a new, deeply personal album. The band plays the Frequency Nov. 8. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Greg Pallante

The talented punk rocker Brendan Kelly is coming to town on Sept. 15 as part of The Falcon. And, BTW, he’s the genius behind the ironic Twitter account Nihilist Arby's. more

Sep 13, 2016 10:29 AM MUSIC

Madison’s concert venues will be overflowing this fall season, with everything from big-time hip-hop acts at Freakfest (Anderson .Paak) to DIY punk shows at Mickey’s Tavern. Here’s a handy guide to your music options. more

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“Weird Al” looks back at his lengthy, colorful career in advance of his Aug. 21 appearance at Overture. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Justin Kibbel, who books bands at the High Noon Saloon, and Rosalind Greiert, frontwoman for Heavy Looks, co-founded This Means War, a new music management and promotion company that aims to help young bands get their music out. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Alan Snodgrass

Nick Woods may still have a day job, but music has become more than just a hobby for the Direct Hit! singer and guitarist. Earlier this year, his band signed to legendary punk label Fat Wreck Chords, which will release the band’s new album on June 24 more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


James Heimer

Large cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are the proving grounds for many young comics. But for Kevin Bozeman, it was Madison. He’s returning to record a live album at the Comedy Club, where he got his start more than 15 years ago. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy


Daniel Bergeron

David Cross has been busy in the six years since his last standup tour. Two of his most beloved projects — “Arrested Development” and “Mr. Show” — have been resurrected, and he’s now out on a 51-date tour that includes two Orpheum shows. more

Feb 11, 2016 2:30 PM Comedy


Jake Cunningham

FRZN Fest performer Julien Baker is alarmingly upbeat for someone who crafts the kind of music she does. Her melancholy sound resembles early Bright Eyes in its lo-fi intimacy and deep-dredged feelings. more

Jan 15, 2016 6:00 PM MUSIC