Tom Laskin



This story was originally published in the May 15, 1998 edition of "Isthmus". more

Apr 29, 2012 2:00 PM From the archives


Palmer Saylor III

This story was originally published in the April 1, 2005 edition of "Isthmus". more

Apr 29, 2012 2:00 PM From the archives

This cover story was originally published in the March 8, 1996 edition of "Isthmus". more

Apr 29, 2012 2:00 PM From the archives

This review of Garbage's "Version 2.0" was originally published in the May 15, 1998 edition of "Isthmus". more

Apr 29, 2012 2:00 PM From the archives

This cover story was originally published in the September 21, 2001 edition of "Isthmus". more

Apr 29, 2012 2:00 PM From the archives

Madison's pop contenders move out of the studio and into the clubs. more

Aug 25, 2011 2:00 PM Isthmus 35

"To tell the truth, the first time I looked out there, I saw a million dollars," says Janesville farmer Dave Heider as he watches Miracle, the white buffalo calf held sacred by Native Americans, chew contentedly on a mouthful of silage, "But once I saw how much this little calf means to so many people, I couldn't see charging money for people to come and look at her. I mean, how can you put a price on something that's sacred and holy? You know, if God meant for me to be a millionaire, I would have won the lottery." more

Aug 11, 2011 2:00 PM Isthmus 35

It's hard to say what would have happened if the real Elvis Presley had shown up at Chicago's Sheraton O'Hare last weekend for the first annual convention of the EP Impersonators International Association. Maybe the dozens of fat, thin, short, tall, young, old, male and female Elvises sporting Clairol 126 blue-black hair, chrome-rimmed shades and elaborate Vegas-period jumpsuits would have dropped to their knees and treated the late rock king's return as a sure sign that the good Lord in heaven above is an Elvis fan. On the other hand, those same unabashed necromancers might have set upon their prodigal idol like crazed bacchants and torn his sacred body to bits. more

Jul 14, 2011 2:00 PM Isthmus 35

Clyde Stubblefield at Inn Cahoots club, August 1991

Brent Nicastro

This article first appeared in "Isthmus" on Aug. 9, 1991 more

Apr 7, 2011 2:00 PM From the archives

The recent liquidation of the trust fund that was designed to pay off the Overture Center's construction debt is a big deal. But it's unclear if the city of Madison will take a hit because of it. more

Oct 3, 2008 2:00 PM Arts Beat

For years Ryan Adams behaved like a petulant child on- and offstage. When I caught him for the first time he was helming Whiskeytown, and despite raves in various music rags, that band was still playing beer bars in places like Madison. The show was at the Club Tavern, and a distracted Adams, bad boy of the No Depression generation, may have mumbled as many as two dozen words to the audience during the band's set. His playing and singing were fine. But if it hadn't been for violinist Caitlin Cary, who actually seemed to enjoy both playing for and talking to Whiskeytown fans, Adams' disconnected performance would have chased more than a few warm bodies to the exits well before the encore. more

Oct 3, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC


Sharon Vanorny

It's 10:30 a.m. on a hot summer day, and Madison real estate mogul Terrence Wall is in full sail. He spent the early morning quietly doing his civic duty at a coffee klatch with other members of a group that wants to replace the old Tenney Park warming shelter with a new multi-use structure. After a dash to Middleton, he checked with colleagues at his well-capitalized real estate holding firm, T. Wall Properties. Now, juiced with manic energy, he's giving a rapid tour of the six-story office building at 8215 Greenway Blvd. that currently serves as his company's home base. more

Oct 3, 2008 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

A conceptual hip-hop act that also exists in the tangible world of the here and now, Stink Tank is a showcase for local producer/DJ Man Mantis and MC Laduma Nguyuza. The latter has been a mainstay of Madison hip-hop for many years. Projects with dumate (who also worked with Man Mantis), the D.L.O., Rob Dz, and many others established him as a lion of the small, fiercely dedicated local hip-hop community. more

Sep 26, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

As Alex E. Smith, drummer for the Madison-bred instrumental act the Pistols at Dawn puts it: "Yeah, you say surf and people go, 'Oh, the Beach Boys.' We go, 'Nah, like Pulp Fiction.' Then a few of 'em get it." more

Sep 26, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

The Pale Young Gentlemen's rousing sophomore effort finds dramatic front man Michael Reisenauer pushing back the piano bench and concentrating on alternately overheated and languid vocal performances. Some of the old Coldplay influence is still apparent on pop-leaning fare like the unabashedly erotic "Marvelous Design." But much of the time, Reisenauer and the other half dozen members of PYG caper, trip and moan through stylish art rock that makes full use of the band's stately three-piece string section. more

Sep 26, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

The Madison Repertory Theatre's decision last spring not to renew its contract with artistic director Richard Corley came at an especially inconvenient time. more

Sep 19, 2008 2:00 PM Arts Beat

I can't predict the future, of course. But right now, it looks like the Forward Music Festival's debut this weekend will be the most exciting musical event of 2008. more

Sep 19, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

The fall can be a glorious season in these parts. That is, until the remnants of a hurricane spin up from the Gulf of Mexico and drop two or three inches over a couple hours. Or the north wind blows a taste of winter our way a day or two after the autumnal equinox has put an official end to summer. Which makes the ever-expanding schedule of touring acts booked at area clubs, theaters and sports arenas such an essential amenity. After a week of cold, gray, wet weather, a night out with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals or MURS or Carrie Underwood can brighten the gloomiest mood. more

Sep 12, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

Now that the Peterson office building has been leveled, both UW old-timers and newly arrived students can get a better sense of how the 80,000-square-foot expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art will match up with the original, Harry Weiss-designed Elvehjem building. Astute observers will note, however, that the Peterson building's basement remains largely intact. more

Sep 5, 2008 2:00 PM Arts Beat

This weekend's SoCo Music Experience has it all: appearances by the Roots, the Black Keys and legendary Wu- Tang Clan rhymer GZA; a digital midway featuring chances to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero with friends and strangers; and, of course, plenty of opportunities to sample festival sponsor Southern Comfort's sweet, fruit- and spice-laced liqueur. more

Sep 5, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC