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Death of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra

Many musicians are tenacious creatures who'll see a project through, no matter what. I'm reminded of the small orchestra on the Titanic. Its members died playing music to calm terrified passengers as the ship sank in 1912. So when headlines appear about orchestras filing for bankruptcy, wrangling over collective bargaining agreements, or shutting down, as the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will at the end of the 2014-15 season, I still believe most orchestras will survive this time of financial upheaval. >More
 Isthmus Communion 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 Communion 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
 Flannel Fest celebrates Americana while supporting the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund

Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. >More
 A dark, dramatic singer joins the Sills for The World Was Wonderful

A lineup change for an existing band can be just as exciting as the unveiling of a fledgling act. Just ask Blair Clark and Leah Brooke Conway of the Sills. Conway made her Sills recording debut on the new album The World Was Wonderful, taking the band into sublimely shadowy territory with her dark, enchanting vocals. The group sound more melancholy and menacing than they did on previous recordings, such as their self-titled 2012 debut. >More
 Majestic Theatre tries its hand at managing bands

As some of the major music promoters in town and the owners of a top concert venue, Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie see the best new talent in Madison on a regular basis. So it's perhaps only natural that they've added another arm to the Majestic music leviathan: band management. >More
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