Tom Whitcomb

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, Madison knows how to party. From low-key hangouts to champagne-soaked ragers, here’s a guide to some of the best events happening this Dec. 31. Read more

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Here, kitty! Isthmus staff and freelancers share their favorite onscreen cat characters. Read more

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The duo ghostar finds new dimensions in its debut album, “Swelling.” The listener may achieve a feeling of weightlessness when sampling the band’s confident debut. 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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Brett Stepanik

The three players in The Hussy play in a dozen other local bands. But the players show no signs of fatigue on their forthcoming LP, “Looming.” Read more



Jonah Westrich

No Love Dog, formed by former members of Bassliss, has released an excellent debut EP. They’re still learning, but the scrappy funk-rock band has a lot of promise Read more


From the much anticipated opening of The Crucible, the final Goodman show for Lou and Peter Berryman, to a wizard-themed Crystal Corner ball, to a roaring ‘20s party at The Sylvee, the final hours of 2018 are going to be off the charts. Read more

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Beefus, Madison’s rocking merry pranksters, release a new album, “Busted Teeth Fandango.” If you can get past the grossness, it’s pretty brilliant. 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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Jon Hain

Longtime singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz releases a comfortable and accomplished ninth album, Horses and Smoke. Read more

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Local singer/songwriter Robert J. releases “America (Oh Say Can You See)” — just in time for Memorial Day. Read more


We pick the best of the summer concert lineups. The venues range from tiny Yuba City to the heart of Chicago. Read more

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Joe Stanton

Blues and punk merge in a confident new EP from Meat Jelly. The band will release “Nevermind the Sandra Bullocks, Here’s the Blindside” at The Frequency March 25. Read more



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. Read more



Ashlie Brophy

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



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. Read more


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


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. Read more

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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. Read more



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. Read more