Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be rock stars

In a city where it’s sometimes tough to get patrons to plunk down a $5 cover charge, efforts are underway to help Madison musicians earn a living.

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Vinyl Cave: Digital era Duke Ellington

The extensive discography of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra grew even more confusing in the late 1980s; Vinyl Cave is here to help. more »

Nov 27, 2015 1:00 AM Vinyl Cave

Restraint in the mix

Beat Connection co-founder and producer Reed Juenger approaches technology the same way he does music composition — with a cautious and thoughtful eye. The Seattle band brings its focused pop to the Frequency on Dec. 4. more »

Nov 25, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

Isthmus Live Sessions: Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers perform an intimate acoustic Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices in downtown Madison, Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2015. more »

Nov 19, 2015 5:10 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

Isthmus Live Sessions: Wintersong 2015

A special Wintersong edition of Isthmus Live Sessions featuring PHOX, Anna Vogelzang, Crane Your Swan Neck, Faux Fawn, Corey Mathew Hart & Love High performed at the Isthmus office in downtown Madison, Wisconsin on November 11th, 2015. more »

Nov 19, 2015 4:40 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

Ivan Otis

Arctic artistry

Canadian Inuk Tanya Tagaq brings her inimitable blend of traditional throat singing, jazz, electronica and hip-hop to the Fredric March Play Circle on Nov. 21. more »

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

James Pederson

Embracing the weirdness

Sunspot’s music is sunny on one side and dark on the other. Quirky songs ripe with metaphors blur the lines between the paranormal and pop culture. Almost two decades in, the Madison power pop trio are making some of the best music of their career. more »

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Musical homecoming

The UW’s School of Music welcomes five alumni composers for two nights of innovative music. Thursday night’s concert was an entertaining and satisfying treat. more »

Nov 6, 2015 1:56 PM MUSIC

Isthmus Crash Course: Masked Intruder

Madison four-piece Masked Intruder will host the “Punk Rock Maskerade” at the Majestic Theatre on Nov. 7 — a masquerade ball for people who love breakneck pop punk songs about crimes and misdemeanors. Here are some of the band’s best. more »

Nov 6, 2015 1:47 PM MUSIC

Cody Bond

Best home game ever

PHOX’s upcoming Capitol Theater show is the last one before the band goes into what guitarist Matt Holmen is calling a self-imposed “full hibernation” to continue the serious work of writing, polishing and recording the group’s second album. more »

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

Michael R. Anderson

World-class talent

She moved to the U.S. from Korea when she was 16. Now the UW School of Music has hired Soh-Hyun Park Altino to guide its violin students. Her debut recital is at Mills Hall on Nov. 13. more »

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Chris Collins

In defense of the disc

You remember compact discs, don’t you? The round, shiny objects that hold up to 80 minutes of uncompressed audio, revolutionized music buying in the late 20th century and were going to last forever. more »

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

Isthmus Live Sessions: Rhett Miller of Old 97's

Rhett Miller of Old 97's performs "Time Bomb" at an intimate acoustic Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices in downtown Madison, Wisconsin on October 27th, 2015. more »

Oct 29, 2015 3:44 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

Dan Myers

Meghan Rose’s epic journey

Singer/songwriter Meghan Rose has been a creative powerhouse since making a go of it as a full-time musician. But the money part has not clicked. more »

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

Beth Herzhaft

A man still hard at work

“The show may be a little more frightening than usual,” says Colin Hay of his Oct. 31 gig at the Barrymore. Hay’s had an eventful year, including a summer tour with Violent Femmes and Barenaked Ladies and the release of a new album and documentary. more »

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC

Get your freak on

Before you make your way through the crowd of Donald Trumps, Left Sharks and Taylor Swifts, it’s important to be prepared. Here is our list of five must-see Freakfest acts. more »

Oct 27, 2015 5:20 PM MUSIC 1 Comments

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