Michael Popke

Ben Lokuta, drummer for the award-winning youth rock band Distant Cuzins, branches off on his own with a solo debut, “Capricious.” Read more


“Dancing on the Wall,” Stuart Stotts’ 11th novel, imagines the last year of a divided Berlin. The novel features two very different, yet intrinsically linked, characters. Read more


From a gay Olympian to a witch’s memoir, this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival features a diverse roster of authors, including many hometown — and home state — standouts. 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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Dave Miess

Since winning the Rockonsin garage band competition in 2016 and 2017, Distant Cuzins has become a busy regional touring band. They’ve released a third EP, “Songs About Girls.” Read more



Ya-Ling Tsai

Addiction, sex trafficking and murder are all themes in John Galligan’s absorbing yet brutal new novel, “Bad Axe County.” Read more



Travis Shinn

We knew them when the kiddos played Freakfest. Greta Van Fleet, the band of brothers dominating the world with their Led Zeppelin-inspired rock, wraps up a tour at Breese Stevens Field on June 4. Read more


Double mystery: "Death by the Bay" and "The Dead of Achill Island" are two sharp new thrillers written by Wisconsin authors. Read more



Ken Susi

Sarah Longfield, hailed by “Guitar World” magazine as “one of the world’s greatest seven- and eight-string guitarists,” plays for the hometown crowd at The Annex on May 12. Read more




Madison’s first professional soccer team has won just one game. But expect its burgeoning fan base to pack Breese Stevens April 27 for Forward Madison’s inaugural home opener. 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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Jonah Westrich

Madison author r.r. campbell publishes his second novel, “Imminent Dawn,” a creepy dystopian thriller that’s been compared to “Black Mirror.” Read more



Jen Doser

R. Chris Reeder publishes a confident young adult fantasy novel, “The Changeling’s Daughter.” Read more


Pat McCurdy’s 1980s band Yipes! has resurfaced. They’ve cut a new album and will play at the Club Tavern on Feb. 15, their first show in the area in decades. Read more


A double header of films featuring 1990s grunge pioneers screens at the Barrymore to celebrate the release of a new Smart Studios vinyl compilation. Read more


Madison author Sam Savage is currently in hospice, but a Minneapolis publisher has released the late-career author’s “final collection,” titled “An Orphanage of Dreams.” Read more



UW Athletics

While having a well-rounded roster is great, the Badger men’s basketball team needs to stay strong in its conference play. That’s especially true as they head into the core of their Big Ten schedule. Read more


Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, but it remains misunderstood and often undiagnosed. Now a bipartisan legislative committee is urging the Legislature to give schools the tools to deal with it. Read more

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With a new coach, hope springs anew among Packers fans. Matt La Fleur has to create a team that relies on more than just That One Guy. Read more


We look ahead, as well as in the rear view, at the year in sports. Bright spots include Madison’s Radicals and Milwaukee’s Brewers. Read more


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    Michael Popke

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