Aaron R. Conklin

2018 was a year of landmark anniversaries and epic releases. Isthmus gaming guru Aaron Conklin shares his picks for the games that stuck with him. Read more



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Madison’s videogame development scene continues to flourish, with heavy hitters and studios popping up all over the place. Here’s Aaron R. Conklin’s guide to the players, from A to Z. Read more

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Madison native Sam Lyons delivers a new EP, “The Detroit Sessions.” It is the result of a two-year collaboration with Detroit producers Nick Trevisick and Marshall Block. Read more


Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” TV show, will be in town this weekend for Wizard World Madison. Aaron Conklin chats with the groundbreaking performer about space travel and why she loves interacting with fans. Read more

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We love dogs. And we love watching dogs — in real life and onscreen. Here are some of Isthmus’ favorite movies (and one TV episode) featuring canines and their humans. Read more

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



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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.” Read more


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. Read more



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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. Read more


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


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


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. Read 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. Read more


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. Read more


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


“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. Read more


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


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

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

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