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Hip-hop partners DJ Pain 1 and Sole bring righteous rage to the Frequency

DJ Pain 1 and Sole brought their electric combination of politically charged punk rap and deep-cutting beats to the Frequency on Sunday night, treating the crowd to a dose of healthy, focused anger and incendiary turntable work. >More
 Creating an inviting and affordable home bar

"Put it in your freezer," a friend and drinking mentor said as she handed me a bottle of boutique vodka she'd been sent as a gift. "One should always have a good vodka in the freezer, just in case." I'm not a vodka drinker, but enough people are that my bottle in the freezer has come in handy on a regular basis. >More
 Funk Factory Geuzeria to open a sour beer facility on Madison's south side

It's never been a better time to be a sour beer lover in Madison. Levi Funk -- yes, that's his real name -- has just signed a lease on a building on the city's south side for his Funk Factory Geuzeria, where he plans to turn wort brewed all over Wisconsin into geuze and lambic-style beers. >More
 Sausage is the star at Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Madison's dating pool notwithstanding, this town will never be more of a sausage fest than on Friday, September 12 when the inaugural Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest takes over the new Central Park. This locavore take on a German culinary tradition will feature live music, beer, and, best of all, an incredible array of Wisconsin sausage products -- plus creative takes on sauerkraut, cheeses, and well-suited desserts to round out the meal. >More
 Authentic vs. Americanized Chinese: U-Like Asian Buffet fails on both fronts

Some people are lucky enough to have traveled in China and, after the experience, refuse to so much as drive past a P.F. Chang's. They turn up their noses at all but the most authentic Chinese establishments and wouldn't be caught dead eating orange chicken or putting anything from a food court between their chopsticks. Let's get one thing straight: I'm not one of those people. >More
 Tory Miller opens Sujeo with a menu of farm-to-table Asian street fare

"I have a theory that when people here in Madison go out to get Asian food, whether it's Thai or Lao or Viet or Chinese, everybody has their one thing that they always get," says Chef Tory Miller, on the eve of the grand opening of his new restaurant, Sujeo. "I wanted to take all of those things for me -- my favorites -- and make them with really good ingredients." >More
 Are you ready for some Bucky?

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More
 Progressive geekery: Madison-area sci-fi conventions and role-playing games embrace activism

What do Middle Earth-inspired gaming, steampunk theater and a feminist science fiction conference have in common? They all have a home in or near Madison. Madison sits at an apex of the political, the quirky and the passionate -- and that intersection is no more apparent than in the city's multiple manifestations of what you might call geek culture. >More
 House of Love is a cool, cozy home for house fans at Jolly Bob's

Step into Jolly Bob's at 8 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll see well-dressed twentysomethings drinking Caribbean cocktails. There will be a waiting list for the Willy Street restaurant's packed dining room. There won't be any indication that just behind the fish tank, a dance floor will soon appear for a house music show. >More
 Stoughton echoes with cries of 'Skol!' as Viking Brewpub opens its doors

Given its popular Syttende Mai festival and accompanying road race, an increasingly prominent live music venue, and a location well within the orbit of Madison's blossoming craft beer community, Stoughton has long been ripe for a brewpub. Vik Malling has remedied this need with his new Viking Brewpub. >More
 Deer Tick, The Weeks, and Jessica Hernandez bring a steamy mix of blues, rock, and country to Live On King Street

After a rowdy Live On King Street session in early August that combined one of the biggest headliners in the series with Great Taste Eve revelry to produce a swarming downtown scene, Friday night's concert was a more manageable affair. Crowds were still thick for this fourth show of the summer, despite the unbearably muggy weather. >More
 Gabe Burdulis hopes Nashville can teach him everything he needs to know about the industry

"People tell me 'Don't stop,' and I just smile and nod because there's no way I'd ever stop," says Gabe Burdulis. He laughs, happy to find some humor during a serious talk about his future. >More
 Beer geeks win as the Great Taste of the Midwest 2014 highlights friendly regional rivalries

A friendly rivalry between Wisconsin and its neighboring states makes everything from sports to food more fun, and it's hard to imagine a more exciting "battlefield" than the Midwest craft beer scene. >More
 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen top themselves with adventurous new record Cold Spell

"T'ain't no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones." So say the lyrics of a song by Tom Waits and William Burroughs. The opening licks of several bluegrass tunes by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen bring these words to life. Solivan's honey-sweet tenor, Chris Luquette's guitar and Danny Booth's bass offer a soundtrack to the devil's summertime skinny-dipping adventures. >More
 Cicerone Smackdown II tests the palates of beer connoisseurs and brewing professionals

As craft beer picks and chooses pages from the wine industry's book, from emphasizing specialized stemware to arranging pairing dinners, it's only fitting that the title of "beer sommelier" has entered the beer geek lexicon. >More
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