Aaron R. Conklin


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

Jan 11, 2018 1:52 PM News 5 Comments

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

Dec 22, 2017 1:51 PM Games

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

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM 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

Nov 20, 2017 2:51 PM MUSIC


Chris Schellpfeffer

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

Nov 8, 2017 3:30 PM MUSIC


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

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Games

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

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Games


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

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

This weekend is jam-packed with huge shows — Against Me!, Ryan Adams and EmmyLou Harris, Modest Mouse and Gogol Bordello. And they’re all hosted by the soon-to-be-merged Majestic-Frank empire. more

Sep 28, 2017 12:40 PM MUSIC


Douglas Otto

As Madison’s third Wizard World wrapped up on Sept. 24, the annual comic con was plagued with guest cancellations. Luckily, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee was here to save the day. more

Sep 25, 2017 2:56 PM SCREENS


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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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


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