Andy Moore

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



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

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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


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



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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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


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


Isthmus' music writers weigh in on the season's most promising concerts, at venues large and small. Read more

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Post Social, a band that grew out of elementary school and middle school friendships, releases a grown-up fourth album. Read more

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Bob Appel

The merry pranksters known as Swamp Thing are planning a reunion show on July 14 at the Harmony Bar. The unpredictable and talented performance art rockers carved out a niche in the punk heyday. Read more



David Michael Miller

The jewel of the east side, the Barrymore Theatre, is asking the community for help to fund a much-needed seat replacement, as phase one of an interior overhaul. Read more


Floating and fishing in the rain up on Big Lake. Just part of the magic that happens up in Vilas County. Read more

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The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together. Read more

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Ty Helbach

With songs honed at a weekly residence at HotelRed, Pat Ferguson releases an accomplished solo debut album, “Light of Day/Dark of Night.” The folk rocker plays the Stoughton Opera House April 27. Read more



Stewart Cohen

The Quebe Sisters are masterful harmonizers as well as award-winning fiddlers. The Texans are at Stoughton Opera House on March 22. Read more

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