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Aaron R. Conklin

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Chris Lotten

Madison’s new concert venue, The Sylvee, is finally open. Aaron Conklin wanders the crowd to see what the fuss is all about. more

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Shervin Lainez

Opening for Death Cab for Cutie at The Sylvee on Oct. 3 is Charly Bliss, a Brooklyn power-pop band with plenty of enthusiasm for sharing their newest album, “Guppy.” more

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After two decades, Belly is back together, and lead singer Tanya Donelly is pumped about touring with new material and connecting with fans and bandmates. more

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Justin Kibbel

The long-awaited FPC venue, The Sylvee, officially opens on Sept. 27. Isthmus music writer Aaron R. Conklin talks to Matt Gerding about some of the features of the almost-open 2,500-capacity venue. more

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Isthmus' music writers weigh in on the season's most promising concerts, at venues large and small. more

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Madison Media Institute, a for-profit college that trained students for jobs in the music industry, confirms it is closing its doors at the end of the year. more

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LÜM, a new music app developed by UW-Madison grads, is betting on fan engagement to launch a successful streaming platform. more

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The brothers from Flippfly create a new game, “Evergarden,” a fascinating tribute to their late mother. more

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At a time when many of Madison’s live music venues are controlled by the same entity, Ruby is staying independent — and attracting national acts. more

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The Sylvee isn’t finished, but the new 2,500-seat venue has announced an impressive fall lineup: The Decemberists, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Death Cab for Cutie, and Madison’s beloved Garbage. more

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Kratos dropping motivational dad-nuggets? It’s an immersive and moving new world in the new/reimagined “God of War” for PlayStation 4, writes Isthmus videogame critic Aaron R. Conklin. more

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Lights combines comics, story and song for a multimedia extravaganza more

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Aaron Conklin

Fresh off their Grammy win, Portugal. The Man delivers a high-energy trip through their back catalog at Overture Hall. more

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“Shadow of the Colossus” gets a gorgeous graphic overhaul. But it maintains its mid-aughts charm as you ride across the countryside to slay the big-ass beasts. more

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Jazz-pop songwriter Becca Stevens prepares for an intimate Valentine’s Day gig at the Memorial Union’s Fredric March Play Circle. more

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Meag Sargent

Last year’s Indie Arcade was so popular, it ran two hours over. This year, the expanded event at Robinia Courtyard on Feb. 15 features 11 new games created by independent developers from the region. more

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Under the agreement, Live Nation, Frank Productions’ formal rival, gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. Local musicians react to the news. more

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David Michael Miller

In a shocking move, Frank Productions is selling a controlling interest to Live Nation, its former rival. Live Nation gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. more

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Isthmus games scribe Aaron Conklin looks back at his seven favorite videogames from the past year. more

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Madison’s Anna Wang releases a synthesizer-driven electropop album, all recorded in her home studio. more

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    Aaron Conklin

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    Aaron Conklin

    UW grad Benedict Fritz (left) worked with a Chicago team to design Tumbleseed.

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    Aaron Conklin

    Success! Chris Alban holds up the cash from the safe after the team unlocks it.

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