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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
 Caroline Smith grows into a bold and joyful singing style

Caroline Smith laughs when she recalls the music-listening phases she went through as a teen. One of those phases involved the indie folk the Minneapolis-based singer performed early in her career. >More
 UW Memorial Union gets a craft beer upgrade for the Terrace and Der Stiftskeller

For visitors to Madison, whether they're parents of UW students or in town on business, the Memorial Union Terrace is an essential stop: Lake Mendota, boats, ice cream, brats and beer, with perhaps some live music and a beautiful sunset to boot. It's not hard to understand why the place is so iconic -- a summer evening at the Terrace seems to sum up Madison's vital essence. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More
 Annabel Lee is seduced by the spotlight

It's hard to imagine Annabel Lee ever being shy or uncertain, especially if you saw her at the Madison Area Music Awards in June. Her show-stopping performance of her single "Pray" announced her status as one of Madison's hottest up-and-coming musicians. With remarkable vocal talent and a stage presence that oozes power and sex appeal, the 28-year-old artist had the audience in the palm of her hand. >More
 There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More
 Flyboarding is the new kiteboarding

"You've snowboarded or surfed before, right?" Bob Cook, instructor at Mad City Flyboards, is waving off my expressed fear of heights as he launches his jet ski. "Er, nope." >More
 As tUne-yArDs, Merrill Garbus whisks listeners to a weird, whimsical world of morals and magic

With live performances that feature drum loops, field recordings, ukulele riffs and pom-poms, it's not hard to envision Merrill Garbus as a babysitter. That's how she got her start, and watching her perform as tUne-yArDs, you get the sense that she'd be great at it in a Mary-Poppins-on-an-acid-trip way. >More
 A taste of Segredo's new Liquid lounge

Segredo, the popular electronic music venue at 624 University Ave., has added a high-end hangout designed to draw monied young professionals. In the midst of a summer renovation, the club created a new 21-and-over lounge dubbed Liquid. After a soft opening last weekend, the spot is now ready to bring high-class nightlife to visitors eager to dance and drink. >More
 A new UW-Madison center helps veterans access funding and adjust to campus life

College students with military ties face numerous challenges. They must make the adjustment from active duty to campus life and try to navigate all the complexities of an updated GI Bill, which provides benefits to eligible veterans like assistance with tuition and living expenses. But now student veterans at UW-Madison have a new ally in the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center, which opened May 15. >More
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