Aaron R. Conklin


Neil Krug

Although the band broke out in the pre-streaming era, Foster the People is still experimenting and incorporating new influences. The band plays the Orpheum Sept. 9. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Juliet Goodman

We’ve got Inuit throat singing, feminist hip-hop, shoegaze, punk, ska, prog rock and a host of other concerts coming up from now until the end of the year. Get your calendars out. It’s time for Isthmus’ fall music preview. more

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Jay Smiley

Madison-area fans have two chances to catch legendary Minneapolis punk/new wavers The Suburbs. They’re at Summerfest June 29 and High Noon Saloon July 1. more

Jun 27, 2017 4:17 PM MUSIC


Morgan Winston

Madison’s up-and-coming rockers Trophy Dad are quickly crossing items off their bucket list — and the founders haven’t even graduated from UW-Madison yet. more

Jun 22, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


James Minchin

Despite a well-publicized relationship breakup, The Joy Formidable survives and thrives as a trio. They blast into the High Noon Saloon on June 21. more

Jun 14, 2017 10:17 AM MUSIC


Sam Fuehring

The Chicago septet Matthäus releases a lush chamber-folk album at the High Noon Saloon June 1. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Holy 1980s! Butch Vig and Duke Erikson (Garbage, Know-It-All-Boyfriends), pAt mAcDonald and Wally Ingram (Timbuk3), Freedy Johnston. All the 1980s mainstays are reuniting May 31 to support an ailing producer, Jack LeTourneau. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC 3 Comments

From the album cover to the music and the videos, multi-media artist Elizabeth Wadium was involved in every aspect of her excellent new album, “Notepainting.” more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


John Urban

Michael Massey, a longtime staple of the Madison scene, releases a deeply introspective new album. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Aaron Conklin

UW-Madison grad Benedict Fritz is inspired by a cult video classic for the new indie game “Tumbleseed.” more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

After being shut out of East Washington development, Toffer Christensen takes on new role as local talent buyer for Live Nation. more

Apr 25, 2017 2:23 PM MUSIC


George Salisbury

The Flaming Lips have a massive catalogue of experimental rock that dates to 1983. Prepare for a magical ride when the band takes the stage at the Orpheum Friday night. more

Apr 19, 2017 1:00 PM MUSIC

Mike Heller has earned respect from big names in the business. The Madison sports radio host keeps his cool while finding a national audience. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

“Persona 5” is an irresistible entry in the longtime role-playing series. Its stunning stylistic touches will transport you to the city of Tokyo, and a huge cast of characters springs to life. more

Apr 6, 2017 12:45 PM Games


Adeline Peck

She’s been writing songs since she was a teenager, but now Madison pianist and singer-songwriter Hannah Busse has a gorgeous new album to share. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Julia Callis

Detroit’s Bonny Doon rolls into Mickey’s Tavern with a relaxed lo-fi vibe. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jenny Berger Myhre

In one of only four stops in the U.S., Norwegian singer Jenny Hval brings her blood-soaked and ethereal music to Union South on March 31. more

Mar 29, 2017 11:10 AM MUSIC



The reshaping of Madison’s music venue scene continues. Frank Productions announces it is merging operations with Majestic Live/The Majestic Theatre later this year. more

Mar 27, 2017 4:11 PM MUSIC

With the upcoming release of his novelization of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” Beloit native Matt Forbeck is on top of his game. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Levi Walton

The famously contentious relationships among bandmates in Dinosaur Jr. are mellowing after reaching a “dysfunctional place,” according to drummer (and unofficial mediator) Murph. The band still rocks, though, and they’re at the Majestic March 17. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC