Reid Kurkerewicz

MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema is back on Friday nights in June with films from off the beaten path. The series kicks off June 7 with three films from Ho-Chunk Nation filmmaker Sky Hopinka. Read more


Retired mental health professional Martin Saunders picks up a camera to document the creative life and work of local artist Christopher X Burant. The resulting film premieres at Union South on June 1. Read more



Marina Koyen

What began as a’70s rock parody has evolved into an accomplished funk rock band with a sound all their own. The Flavor That Kills has been nominated for Best Rock Album in this year’s Madison Area Music Awards. Read more



Joe Stanton

Madison’s punk blues wizards Meat Jelly slip out a new single on Bandcamp and vinyl. Here’s a look at the new video for “Chuck Downfield.” Read more

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Christopher Diaz

The inaugural Black Arts Matter Festival aims to bring together creatives from campus and community, says organizer Shasparay Lighteard, a UW-Madison First Wave scholar. Read more



Nikolai Hagen

August brings world streetwear to State Street. Plus owner Rob Bowhan brings local artists into the shop for an unconventional performance venue. Read more



the bomb

The Outrider Foundation is sponsoring a showing of the experimental film “The Bomb,” hoping to reinvigorate public awareness of the ever-present nuclear threat. Read more

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After 23 years of selling records to punk and metal fans, Ear Wax Record Shop has closed its doors. Owner Rob Cleveland says his landlord declined to renew the lease, and shares what he’ll miss most about filling this niche. Read more


Although the members of the Projection People are scattered around the country, the electronic rockers have released an excellent new album, “Cloudbathing.” It’s a product of several years of digital collaboration. Read more


Exit interview: Reid Kurkerewicz talks to Slow Pulp about the band’s decision to move to Chicago. The up-and-coming indie rock band is excited about moving to a larger market. Read more



Scott Markus

Madison power pop band Sunspot explores paranormal phenomena in its new album “The Wonders of the Invisible World.” They release the album at Ruby Madison on April 13. Read more


We take a look at this year’s documentaries in the Wisconsin Film Festival’s “Wisconsin’s Own” category. The docs cover a wide range, from police shootings to outsider artists. Read more




Reid Kurkerewicz talks to Daniel Kaplan about his latest project, Son!, and how he’s grown as a musician since Lord of the Fly. Read more


Mark O’Connell, author of “The Close Encounters Man” talks with Isthmus about his biography of ufologist J. Allen Hynek. O’Connell is at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 4. Read more

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At Madison’s underground house parties new bands get to experiment and grow. Reid Kurkewicz reports from a basement on West Mifflin Street. Read more



Riley Steinbrenner

Featuring Aviva Kleinfeldt’s lilting vocals and glimmering guitar from Brendan Manley, Dash Hounds have risen from the ashes of indie darlings Modern Mod. Read more