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Isthmus Live Sessions: Joe Pug

Folk troubadour Joe Pug's gritty, narrative songwriting invites comparison to Bob Dylan and John Prine. But the former playwriting student says he also looks to literary figures like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman for inspiration. Pug recorded a live session at the Isthmus office on Jan. 21, a few hours before a Barrymore Theatre performance in support of the Devil Makes Three. >More
 Madison's Oh My Love goes from folk to electronic on new EP

Madison's Oh My Love had been booked to open for Mates of State, the indie pop duo from Kansas, at the High Noon Saloon last April. There was just one problem: Oh My Love had just lost two of its members, guitarist Kent Watson and bassist Zach Ellis. But the band's singer and leader, Hannah Luree, quickly improvised, playing the show with only drummer Christian Lisser and keyboardist David Dickson. >More
 Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album

Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >More
 Timothy Showalter documents his life story on Strand of Oaks' HEAL

Origin stories are used in comic books as a way to familiarize readers with how heroes or villains became their super selves. Fittingly, origin stories are almost always placed at the beginning of the story. >More
 FRZN Fest 2015 offers a diverse musical respite from winter

This year marks the fourth anniversary of FRZN Fest, a Madison festival wherein a slew of bands and artists breathe life into one of the concert calendar's dreariest months. The four-night event, which the High Noon Saloon is hosting yet again, kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 15, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 18. >More
 Fifteen memorable 2014 concerts in Madison and its Midwestern neighbors

Maybe it was happenstance. Maybe it was the surge line of a big trend. Either way, 2014 was the Year of the Woman for the more than 60 concerts I saw. >More
 Our favorite Madison records of 2014

Madison music in 2014 was invigorated by auspicious debuts and sustained by veteran artists. These 10 local releases were our favorites of the year. >More
 Our favorite 2014 touring concerts in Madison

In 2014, Madison continued its transformation from a skip-over city between Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis to one of the Midwest's premier live music destinations. These are our favorite sets from some of our favorite touring artists of the past year, the shows that tugged at our hearts and beckoned our bodies to move. >More
 Punk, funk, bluegrass and folk fests at Majestic place regional artists on a big stage

January can be a slow time of year for music venues. Touring acts are largely on hiatus until a bit later in the season, and customers can still be recovering from the whirlwind of the holiday season. >More
 Digging into Modern Mod's Tunnels

Singer Emily Massey says a tunnel is just the right metaphor for the debut album by Modern Mod, the band she leads with bassist Alivia Kleinfeldt, guitarist Cal Pocernich and drummer Brendan Manley. >More
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