Tom Whitcomb

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


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



Ashlie Brophy

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


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



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

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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



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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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