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Madison goes wild for tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz and Dosh at the first Live on King Street concert of 2014

Madison cemented its status as a summer party city Friday night with the first Live on King Street of the season. With free admission to an outdoor stage next to the Majestic Theatre, and music by tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz, Dosh and DJ Nick Nice, the concert series drew what may have been its biggest crowd yet. >More
 Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos

Maxwell Street Days, running today through July 20 on State Street, is one of Madison's liveliest celebrations of local and regional retailers. Though locals often lament the recent proliferation of chains on the city's pedestrian thoroughfare, this phenomenon isn't new. >More
 Lost Madison: A Facebook page revives the city's magical past

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retrospect. >More
 Lords of the Trident to represent Madison in BandSwap 2014

BandSwap, a musical exchange program sponsored by the Colorado-based nonprofit SpokesBuzz, will feature Madison acts for a second time in 2014. This week SpokesBuzz announced that it has chosen five local bands for this year's sonic adventure, which includes a trip to Fort Collins for one lucky group, album-release parties for several others, and a variety of performances and networking opportunities. >More
 A man tries to reclaim his identity from himself in The Double

I feel for Simon James, protagonist of The Double. A meek fellow prone to anxiety and self-doubt, he's adrift in a bleak dystopian world. People constantly forget his name. Sometimes they forget he exists. He throws himself into his job, as if to justify his existence, but he's mired in the role of worker bee. It's a predicament that would drive many people mad, and it gets a whole lot worse. >More
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More
 Story Behind the Song: 'I Get Even' by Whitney Mann

Story Behind the Song is a new Isthmus feature where Madison-area songwriters tell the origin stories of their tunes through short videos. The instructions are simple: Once the video camera is up and running, introduce your act, spend a minute or so telling a story about the song you've chosen, and then perform it. >More
 MadTracks: 'Dangerous Days' by Zola Jesus

Before Nika Danilova was Zola Jesus, she was a UW-Madison student with a big voice and even bigger ambitions. Isthmus was one of the first media outlets to interview her back in 2008 and 2009, when she recorded lo-fi tracks in her apartment and shared them with a handful of friends on MySpace. Those big ambitions have taken Danilova far over the past six years. >More
 View photos of the new Wisconsin Union Theater

The new and improved Wisconsin Union Theater has been two years in the making. The renovation team worked with Wisconsin Historical Society staff and other experts to ensure that the renovated structure retains its distinguishing architectural features, and designers improved the building's function by adding multipurpose spaces and improving accessibility for visitors with disabilities. >More
 The city welcomes summer with hundreds of outdoor concerts during Make Music Madison 2014

The second annual Make Music Madison was a rousing success, so rousing that it had locals singing and dancing on sidewalks, in parks and even at the library. Nearly 400 concerts took place at more than 100 local venues, including the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, where Isthmus Jazz Festival headliners Richard Davis and Willie Pickens performed. >More
 A lineup of luminaries at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014

Bassist Richard Davis' star power should draw a big crowd to Isthmus Jazz Fest at the UW Memorial Union June 20-21, but the event is also a chance to celebrate other acts that keep the genre alive close to home and around the world. >More
 Fans rekindle their love affair with lo-fi pioneers Guided by Voices

Try to not fall in love with Guided by Voices. It's virtually impossible if you're even a casual fan of lo-fi indie rock or power-pop balladry. Many fans have been in an intense relationship with Robert Pollard's band since the early '90s, when tracks like "I Am a Scientist" established his enormous songwriting talents. >More
 Make Music Madison 2014 offers nearly 400 ways to seize the day with song on June 21

Now in its second year, Make Music Madison bills itself as a concert extravaganza that's intended to be enjoyed by everyone. But that's not all: The event's also a chance to seize the day on the summer solstice, June 21. It encourages local residents to give performing a try, even those who've never picked up an instrument. >More
 Goodbye Absolutely Art, hello MadCity Bazaar

Madison will lose Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave., at the end of the month when the show "A Discourse on Love" concludes. But it will gain another creative project: a pop-up flea market called MadCity Bazaar. It's a new venture helmed by Absolutely Art owner Meghan Blake-Horst and collaborator Joe Mingle. >More
 MadTracks: 'Old Gods Ain't Dead' by Sole and DJ Pain 1

DJ Pain 1 is a Madison hip-hop success story. He got his first big break in 2008, when he produced a track on Young Jeezy's hit album The Recession. Since then he's contributed to releases by dozens of other stars, including 50 Cent, Public Enemy, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane. >More
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