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Phillip Phillips on life after “Idol,” aging like the Boss and music that sells insurance

Phillip Phillips missed his college graduation in 2012 due to “American Idol” duties. The no-show turned out to be a small price to pay as the singer/songwriter won the competition’s 11th season. He will visit the Memorial Union Terrace Aug. 27. more »

Aug 25, 2015 3:48 PM MUSIC

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 »

Aug 24, 2015 4:00 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

Whitney Mann’s new supergroup

Whitney Mann and several other well-known Madison area artists have formed Love High, premiering at the East Side Club Aug. 27, a throwback to the R&B music she listened to as a kid when plundering her parents’ record collection. more »

Aug 20, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC

Fiction and folklore

Madison folk band Faux Fawn’s music is rooted deep in life. The songs are tales of Midwestern minutiae, retellings of literary classics, revisions of historical events and reflections on the simple, the dark and the dramatic. more »

Aug 13, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC

The duality of the Southern thing

Few things influence Water Liars more than their Southern roots, which singer and guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster says is both a blessing and a curse. It’s something they have consciously attempted to redefine. more »

Aug 4, 2015 6:30 PM MUSIC

Blistering pop

With garage rock ambitions, remarkable chemistry and a dedication to songcraft, Bobby Hussy and Heather Sawyer’s partnership has flourished in the seven years since the Hussy was born in an east-side Madison basement. more »

Jul 30, 2015 2:30 PM MUSIC

Funky pedigree

A longtime staple of the Madison music scene, Jimmy Voegeli and his band, the Jimmys, have carved out an old-school Chicago blues niche fueled by horns, Hammond B-3, funk and fun. They aim to have their new CD available Aug. 7 at Live on King Street. more »

Jul 30, 2015 1:00 PM MUSIC

Love letters from a soldier

Alvin and Verlie began writing letters in 1942 when Alvin was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. Eight years ago, their grandson — the lead singer of We Are the Willows — inherited the surviving 350 letters and wrote an album about them. more »

Jul 30, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC

Their aim was true

Drawing from a career that’s included everything from punk rock standards to eclectic collaboration, Elvis Costello & the Imposters delivered a spirited show that had the crowd seated in silent reverence as well as dancing in the aisles. more »

Jul 24, 2015 12:18 PM MUSIC

Bringing back the buzz

It’s tough being a “buzz band,” and few understand the experience better than Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In 2005, their debut album garnered almost universal acclaim and won them fans as high up as David Bowie. Since then, a lot has changed. more »

Jul 22, 2015 5:20 PM MUSIC

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  • 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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