Aaron R. Conklin

A new generation of game consoles beckons, but there was much to appreciate in 2019. Read more



Frankie Tyska

Laundry, a foursome of childhood friends fronted by vocalist Sam Lyons, has created a second album full of poetry, heartbreak and a lot of plain fun. Read more

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Here, kitty! Isthmus staff and freelancers share their favorite onscreen cat characters. Read more

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Sarah Decker

Madison venues, from massive to tiny, are hosting memorable concerts this winter and fall. Isthmus’ music writers teamed up to share their favorite picks. Read more

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Brooke Billick

Dan Tedesco, a polished alt-folk artist from Iowa, brings his quiet, personal ballads to The Winnebago on July 11. Read more



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She’s living the dream in the city of dreamers. But Madison Malone hasn’t forgotten all that this city has given her. The LA transplant is back for a homecoming show at the High Noon Saloon with Seasaw and Paper Holland on June 28. Read more



Chris Lotten

The Sylvee is already finding success as the shiny new venue on the booming East Washington corridor. But State Street businesses wonder if fewer music bookings at the Orpheum are having a negative impact. Read more


Madison-based Flippfly Games is getting creative with funding. They have been rolling out “tiny games” in anticipation of a big new release, “Cats Fly Helicopters.” Read more


A few years ago, the darkwave duo She Wants Revenge seemed to be on permanent hiatus. Then, Lady Gaga intervened — and the band is selling out shows on a new tour. Read more



Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Brendan Forbes

Skylar Stecker was back in town for a show at the Majestic on March 30. The 17-year-old has broken ties with her label and is now making confident pop on her own terms. She’s never sounded better. Read more


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

TV & Video

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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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. Read more



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.” 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



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. Read more


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

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