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Tom Whitcomb

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

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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

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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

Sep 1, 2016 12:05 AM , , , , , , MUSIC

“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Newsies: Deen van Meer, The Other Place: Ross Zentner, Tanya Tagaq: Ivan Otis, CRASHprez: Steven Potter

2015’s cultural landscape was rich in ideas and collaborations. Isthmus critics weigh in with their favorites from Madison’s stages, venues and museums. more

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM , , , , , , , ARTS & CULTURE

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Wesley Hamilton

As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 knocks on the door, Isthmus has compiled some of the best ways to bid adieu to the current calendar and ring in the New Year. Whether you want low-key live music or an all-night banger, we’ve got you covered. more

Dec 17, 2015 5:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE

Madison four-piece Masked Intruder will host the “Punk Rock Maskerade” at the Majestic Theatre on Nov. 7 — a masquerade ball for people who love breakneck pop punk songs about crimes and misdemeanors. Here are some of the band’s best. more

Nov 6, 2015 1:47 PM MUSIC

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Robyn Von Swank

New York-born standup and former “Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac has a laconic delivery and offbeat sense of humor. more

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM Comedy

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Brian Garrity

If fame were measured by influence, Dillinger Four would be one of the biggest bands on the planet. The Minneapolis-based punk quartet have become the unlikely elder statesmen of a scene populated by countless bands that they inspired. more

Oct 2, 2015 4:20 PM MUSIC

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