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Aaron R. Conklin

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

MUSIC

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

Games

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

MUSIC

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

Games

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

MUSIC

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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

MUSIC

“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

Games

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

MUSIC

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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

Games

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

MUSIC

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Bill Keefrey

Renovations at the Orpheum have allowed the venue to reopen its smaller, more intimate Stage Door performance space. The Rebirth Brass Band will play there in January. more

MUSIC

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Chris Schellpfeffer

The Foo Fighters roared into the Kohl Center on Nov. 7 with with an infectious and long-lasting energy. more

MUSIC

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Nate Koehler

Freakfest, Madison’s annual Halloween bacchanalia, is a creative costuming hotbed. But the headliners usually don’t dress up. Aaron R. Conklin offers up some outside-the-box costume suggestions for the funk, rock and hip-hop legends. more

MUSIC

“The Evil Within 2” is a shockingly good sequel to the original, a head-tripping gore fest centered around a grizzled detective. more

Games

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Ebru Yildiz

The beautifully angsty Violent Femmes are back on tour, retracing their steps from a 1998 tour around Wisconsin. Aaron Conklin sits down for story time with lead singer Gordon Gano. more

MUSIC

Madison hosts M+ DEV, a major videogame developer conference that organizers hope will help boost Wisconsin’s place in the growing industry. more

Games

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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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