Tom Whitcomb


Brett Stepanik

It’s hard to believe Bobby Hussy (The Hussy, Fire Heads) has time for another project. But on Jan. 13, Hussy celebrates the physical release of an album from Cave Curse, a dark and personal synth-based project. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC


Ashlie Brophy

“Madcity Meltdown” from Madison’s Clean Room explores many shades of rock. Turn it on and turn it up. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jesse Riggins

From punk roots in Alabama Waxahatchee has hit its stride with a fourth album, “Out in the Storm.” The indie-punkers are at the High Noon Saloon on July 20. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Whiskey Farm’s new “Songs of Resistance” serves as a time capsule for dark times in U.S. history. more

Jul 7, 2017 3:20 PM MUSIC

Tunes on terraces and patios, in barns, on farms, on lakes… pack a picnic, grab a water bottle, and stay tuned for Freakons, the Avett Brothers, Solange, Boston and a heap more. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Summertimes


Richard Bock

Formed by childhood friends, low-fi rockers Disq are making a splash on the Madison music scene — before even graduating from high school. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jas McDaniel

Madison’s Jason Hartman of Vanishing Kids is psyched about bringing an all-day festival of gloom and doom to the Frequency. Ancient Future: Heavy Psych and Doom Fest is on April 29. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Branden Vondrak

Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller has shifted her approach to comedy since the election of Donald Trump. It’s also about resistance now. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Stage 1 Comments

After an exciting 2016, Madison’s indie pop duo Seasaw is embarking on an East Coast tour. They launch at the Frequency March 2. more

Mar 1, 2017 1:14 PM MUSIC


Matt Jacoby

Dawes, the California quartet known for a breezy folk rock sound, has been evolving. They play tunes from 2016’s “We’re All Gonna Die” at the Barrymore Theatre Feb. 6. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Drive-By Truckers have never been shrinking violets, but in the age of Trump, frontman Patterson Hood is not holding back his rage. The Truckers stop at the Majestic Jan. 31. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

On Donald Trump’s inauguration day, cities across the country will host comedy festivals, with proceeds benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. The Madison installment, at the Majestic Theatre, features headliner Madison native Nate Craig. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

Madison’s poets and writers come together for Writers Resist as part of a national effort to respond to the election of Donald Trump. Readings and an open mic take place on Jan. 15 at Gates of Heaven. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Books

How would you like to say goodbye to this year? Whether it’s with a dose of comedy, funk or punk, Isthmus tracks down a diverse range of entertainment options for Dec. 31. more

Dec 26, 2016 5:05 PM MUSIC

Most of us are ready to let go of 2016. But Isthmus music critics have some fond memories of this year’s concerts — from punk to pop to classical. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM , , MUSIC


Nick Neuenhaus

Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts is a trio of cousins who love touring and rocking out together. They hit the Frequency with material from a new album Dec. 2. more

Nov 30, 2016 1:31 PM MUSIC

When it seems like the world is falling apart, sometimes the only place you can turn is music. Isthmus music writer Tom Whitcomb curates a defiant soundtrack for these troubled times. more

Nov 26, 2016 12:00 PM MUSIC


Tamara Alswager

After a spectacular flameout and harrowing struggle with addiction and mental illness, Communist Daughter bandleader Johnny Solomon is back on track, with a new, deeply personal album. The band plays the Frequency Nov. 8. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Music-Falcon-crGregPallante-09122016 640x480.jpg

Greg Pallante

The talented punk rocker Brendan Kelly is coming to town on Sept. 15 as part of The Falcon. And, BTW, he’s the genius behind the ironic Twitter account Nihilist Arby's. more

Sep 13, 2016 10:29 AM MUSIC

Madison’s concert venues will be overflowing this fall season, with everything from big-time hip-hop acts at Freakfest (Anderson .Paak) to DIY punk shows at Mickey’s Tavern. Here’s a handy guide to your music options. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:05 AM , , , , , , MUSIC