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Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Tolling Bells' by Water Liars

There are bands that can pull off acoustic renditions of their songs, and then there's Water Liars, a Mississippi trio for whom the live acoustic session seems to have been invented. >More
 Driftless is an intriguing departure from Anna Vogelzang's previous folk records

Many of the songs on Driftless are more intense than Anna Vogelzang's past work. She juxtaposes contrasting elements beautifully, like swelling choruses and quiet bridges. >More
 Anna Vogelzang tries a grueling approach to songcraft for Driftless

Anna Vogelzang traded leisurely songwriting retreats for hectic musical-production spurts in preparation for Driftless, a new EP she'll release Nov. 16 at the Old Sugar Distillery. A grab bag of tracks from her work with Real Women, Real Songs, a collective of 20 or so women who compose a new piece each week for a full year, the recording shows just how versatile the local folk artist can be. >More
 Elevating the conversation at the 2014 Madison Hip-Hop Awards

When local hip-hop producers, artists and supporters gathered in May of 2010 to find a way to celebrate the local scene, they weren't certain the resulting event -- the first Madison Hip-Hop Awards ceremony -- would be a lasting success. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: Three songs by Water Liars

When Isthmus hosted an acoustic session with The Whigs in our office two weeks ago, it made perfect sense to see if their Mississippi-based tour mates Water Liars would join the party and perform even more polished, unplugged versions of their work. >More
 Duo turned quartet Count This Penny dazzle with a fuller folk sound on Wolves Are Sheep

Country-folk outfit Count This Penny began as a songwriting duo in East Tennessee and grew into a full-fledged band after moving to Madison in 2009. Each day they strive to improve themselves musically and otherwise. This idea appears time and again on their new EP, Wolves Are Sheep, along with the notion of finding one's true self. >More
 A sneak peek of Wolves Are Sheep by Count This Penny

Isthmus asked Count This Penny vocalist Amanda Rigell to tell the story behind three tracks on the band's forthcoming EP, Wolves Are Sheep. Here's what she told us. >More
 Kyle Rightley launches a folk-driven solo act after five years leading the Big Payback

Low guitar notes cut through the sound of falling rain in the opening lines of "Song for the Flatirons," a pretty and wistful highlight of Kyle Rightley's latest EP. Titled The Bleak, Barbarian Pines, the album is the Madison artist's sophomore solo release, but it doesn't sound like the work of a green musician. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Hit Me' by The Whigs

The Whigs make a lot of noise. Perhaps that's what made their visit to the Isthmus office last Wednesday such a special experience. The Athens, Georgia-based rockers shed their electric sound for a short acoustic set, a change that helped highlight the intimacy of their lyrics. >More
 The sounds of Freakfest 2014: Atmosphere and American Authors

Twin Cities hip-hop act Atmosphere and New York City alt-rock band American Authors are poised to electrify the crowd at this year's festivities on Nov. 1. >More
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