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Footloose and fancy with Shane Shane

Shane O'Neill moved away from Madison a few years ago, but the cofounder of local theater-punk act Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons is stoked to return for a little while. Specifically, he's "stoked for the squash curry at Lao Laan Xang, the huevos rancheros at Daisy Cafe, the pad Thai at Bandung and the World's Greatest Sandwich at Mickey's Tavern." >More
 When will the bass drop at a Glitch Mob show?

You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, Love Death Immortality, create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor. >More
 Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Touring

Concert announcements rain down on Madison this time of year, like colorful leaves making their descent to the earth. Isthmus has raked through the pile and chosen more than 50 essential shows that haven't sold out yet, all of which take place between now and mid-December. >More
 Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Local

Hundreds of fantastic touring acts will visit town this fall, but there's also a staggering amount of talent growing in our backyard. The local concert calendar is just beginning to fill out, so consider this list of over 25 must-sees a starting point >More
 Heavy Looks: Senses Growing Dull

Heavy Looks seem like a jaded bunch when you listen to their lyrics, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out. Before long you'll have a smile on your face and an urge to replay the album. >More
 Sean Avery: EMOFUNK

Browsing the Bandcamp website for new music by Madison-based artists is tedious, but it can pay off big. Case in point: EMOFUNK by Sean Avery, a UW First Wave student who moved here from Arizona. It's available as a free download, and bonus tracks can be found on his SoundCloud page. >More
 Masked Intruder's miscreant romantics covet a role in Madison's fabled police incident reports

The candy-coated punk of Madison's only color-coded masked band, Masked Intruder, will rip through the Frequency on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event's a release party for their second full-length, M.I., and it's your only chance to catch the miscreant romantics before they take their crime spree all over Europe later this month. >More
 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
 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
 Diarrhea Planet surf through alt-rock, pop and hair-metal history

A four-guitared wave of excess will crash through the High Noon Saloon on June 17, leaving a sweaty mess of headbangers in its wake. It's Nashville six-piece Diarrhea Planet, who'll share the stage with Milwaukee rockers Midnight Reruns and local garage punks Fire Retarded. >More
 Lyrics Born exemplifies the Bay Area's cultural and musical diversity

Appearing on Saturday, June 7, Lyrics Born is the only hip-hop artist at the 25th annual Marquette Waterfront Festival. Shaped by funk, new wave and electro, the Tokyo-born, San Francisco-raised rapper should appeal to fest-goers who haven't embraced hip-hop as well as his longtime fans. >More
 Ten years of tunes at the High Noon Saloon

The High Noon Saloon celebrates its 10th anniversary with -- you guessed it -- live music this Sunday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Take a journey back through the venerable venue's history, from the early years following the demise of O'Cayz Corral to recent shows like FRZN Fest, complete with pictures and memories. >More
 The Garza show that pickiness pays off on their debut LP

What do you get when a giant stoner monster and warring androids walk into a Japanese gambling hall in Brainerd, Minn.? Madison supergroup the Garza, of course. Composed of bassist Shawn Blackler, guitarist Nate Bush, and drummer and singer Mike "Magma" Henry, the band have a resume that includes prominent roles in area rock groups Bongzilla, Brainerd, Droids Attack, Pachinko and Striking Irwin. >More
 Plague Vendor: Free to Eat

There's a wonderful story of misinterpretation behind the name of California band Plague Vendor. The moniker was taken from the Mexican folktale "The Pulque Vendor Tricks the Devil." A street vendor makes a deal with the devil and then gets him drunk on fermented juice (pulque), causing him to miss the deadline to complete the deal. Plague Vendor's new album feels like it's trying to hoodwink you in a similar way. >More
 Sweden's Movits! blend hip-hop with humor that transcends cultural differences

Madison crowds aren't always eager to dance, but they won't be able to stand still at the High Noon Saloon on March 31. That's when Movits! -- a group from Luleå, a town near the cold northern border of Sweden -- will hit the stage. For the past seven years, they've been making a unique brand of hip-hop mixed with big-band horns and a gradually increasing amount of electronic dance music. >More
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