Andy Moore

Nester makes the kind of experimental rock that would be right at home in a David Lynch film. The band releases its third album on Nov. 9. Read more

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Monika Blazs

Efrat Livny, founder of Threshold, is excited about a new model for presenting concerts. The first in the community space’s series, on Oct. 25, involves Milwaukee’s SistaStrings, soul food, and raising money for an anti-violence charity. Read more



Carla Richmond Coffing

Anna Vogelzang, who made her mark on the music scene during her eight years in Madison, is out with a new album, “Beacon,” harnessing the talents of her newfound L.A. collaborators. Read more

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Kelly Avenson

In the wrong hands, Katie Dahl’s new album, “Wildwood,” could become a cliche. But instead it’s fresh and homey, and the tracks are filled with Nashville pros. Read more



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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Uncle Rocky

Some of Madison’s finest bluegrass players team up for Sortin’ the Mail, which is poised to elevate from side project to center stage when they open for The Travelin’ McCourys at McPike Park on Aug. 14. Read more



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What’s that sound? It’s Mal-O-Dua’s special blend of French swing, Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar. The duo has a new album, and it sizzles. Read more



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Mike Cammilleri, Madison’s master of the Hammond B3, releases a groovy new album with his trio. You’ll never guess who’s on drums. Read more



Andy Moore

ABC for Health — the “ABC” stands for “Advocacy and Benefits Counseling — marks its 25th anniversary. The organization helps families obtain, maintain, and finance health care coverage and services. Read more


Madison’s throwback pop masters Woodrow release a sincerely delightful second EP. They release it at the High Noon Saloon on May 25. Read more



Ryan Wisniewski

Favorite summer activities from childhood die hard. With any luck you can transform them into slightly more acceptable forms of recreation. Read more

Isthmus Summertimes

Furious Bongos, a Frank Zappa tribute with members based in Madison, caps off a spring tour with a show at the High Noon Saloon. Read more



Mark Norman

At Burbie’s Gospel Brunches, an all-star band serves up traditional gospel tunes to warm the soul. It’s not church, but gospel. Read more



Brett Stepanik

Hey, kids: want a new bicycle? Wheels for Winners is happy to supply a new one. All you need to do is put in 15 hours of community service. 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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Trapper Schoepp fleshed out pieces of the lyrics written by Bob Dylan in the 1960s, marrying the words to an original, supper club-like waltz. Schoepp re-dubbed it “On Wisconsin.” Read more



Liaizon Wakest

The Church of Anarchy helped define Willy Street in the ’80s and ’90s. Andy Moore catches up with poet, performer and now winemaker mIEKAL aND, the unconventional co-founder who moved west to create Dreamtime Village. Read more

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Jon Hain

Known for his inimitable guitar style and unpredictable songs, Bucky Pope is doing some of the best songwriting of his life with Negative Example. Read more



Jean Picard

Ben Sidran sorted through decades of recordings to help put together a three-CD retrospective, “Ben There, Done That.” It’s out on Sunset Blvd Records. Read more




The Barrymore Theatre will rock on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in “The Greatest War” concert on Nov. 11. Read more


Andy Moore bids farewell to the Close to Home column, and remembers many of his favorites. Read more

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    Bobby Peterson: “I knew this was the kind of work I wanted to do as an attorney.”