Sharing what ‘Is the Is Are’ will be

DIIV began as Zachary Cole Smith’s solo project but later evolved into a full band. Their perplexingly titled second album is expected to be released this fall, and fans can get a sneak peek via a tour stop Oct. 13 at the Majestic Theatre. more »

Oct 12, 2015 3:20 PM MUSIC

​Disclosure’s second act

Disclosure’s new album doesn’t boast a song as indelible as their Sam Smith-sung hit “Latch,” but it does have some jams that will make you turn up and dance when the British lads play them Oct. 14 at the Orpheum Theater. more »

Oct 8, 2015 10:00 AM MUSIC

Take a trip with Cribshitter

Founded on inside jokes and fueled by retro sounds, Cribshitter’s music exists in a world of its own. The Madison band pairs comedic, over-the-top lyrics with ’80s hi-fi pop production on a new vacation-themed concept record, set for release Oct. 10. more »

Oct 8, 2015 9:00 AM MUSIC

A lament of loss

Getaway Drivers founder Bob Manor says their new CD is a bit of a departure sonically from their previous recordings. The band celebrates its release, and their 10th anniversary, at a Brink Lounge show on Oct. 10. more »

Oct 6, 2015 1:00 AM MUSIC

Punk godfathers

If fame were measured by influence, Dillinger Four would be one of the biggest bands on the planet. The Minneapolis-based punk quartet have become the unlikely elder statesmen of a scene populated by countless bands that they inspired. more »

Oct 2, 2015 4:20 PM MUSIC

Isthmus Crash Course: The Decemberists

From their beginnings as baroque poppers to their current incarnation as folk rock heroes, the Decemberists have been identifiable by their hyper-literate, lushly produced catalog of songs. They visit Overture Hall on Sept. 30. more »

Sep 29, 2015 1:15 AM MUSIC

​Genre busters

Wilder Deitz fell in love with the Stoughton Opera House after playing there with the UW Russian Folk Orchestra. He will return with his own group, bringing an eclectic repertoire for an Oct. 2 concert. more »

Sep 24, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC

​Caffeine cowboys

Young “cowpunk” trio Wood Chickens blend country, punk and psychedelic, and are quickly becoming a vital part of Madison’s local scene. The band will depart on a tour of the U.S. heartland after a Sept. 26 send-off show at Mickey’s Tavern. more »

Sep 24, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC

Reality over fantasy

While in college, Mikal Cronin was sidelined by chronic back problems. So when he decided to write “Circle” — side B of his latest album, “MCIII” — that was the story that emerged: a relatable anecdote of personal misery leading to pivotal awakening. more »

Sep 10, 2015 9:30 AM MUSIC

Fall music preview 2015

Our fall music preview includes nearly 100 concerts, ranging from local up-and-comers to national touring acts and venues as tiny as Dragonfly Lounge to as gigantic as the Kohl Center. On the Madison music scene, there's room for everyone. more »

Sep 5, 2015 10:00 AM , , , , , MUSIC

Keeping downtown spinning

DJ Phil Money has the ability to read a room’s vibe while also crafting a free-flowing mix of different genres. And no matter who’s in the room, he wants to help people shake off their worries. more »

Sep 3, 2015 3:00 PM MUSIC

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What to Do
  • Isthmus Live Sessions: Dessa

    She may be the lone female member of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, but that’s not all that makes Dessa stand out. She’s also a skilled poet with a college degree in philosophy and has released more novels than she has solo albums. more »

  • Isthmus Live Sessions: San Fermin at Bright Red Studios

    San Fermin is a band that commands the stage. At a recent Isthmus Live Sessions at Bright Red Studios, the Brooklyn, N.Y., octet turned an intimate setting into funky, wall-to-wall raucousness. more »

  • Isthmus Live Sessions: Cloud Cult

    Rather than concentrate on any one part of their prolific career, Duluth, Minn,. art pop collective Cloud Cult chose to play four songs from four different albums at a recent Isthmus Live Session. more »


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