Connect with Isthmus on Twitter · Facebook · Flickr · Newsletters 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 46.0° F  Overcast
The Daily


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club jumpstart their career with the inspired album Specter at the Feast

Leather-clad rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sound tough in a Hell's Angels sort of way, but they're just as emotional as the rest of us. The death of lead singer Robert Levon Been's father, Michael Been, who was also frontman of new wave band the Call, was a loss for the entire group. Luckily, the loud and pouty group found solace in creating music. >More
 Ablaze with live music, Revelry is a bright spot on a stormy Mifflin Street Block Party weekend

The UW's first Revelry Music & Arts Festival was a tame success, proving to be a welcome addition to the Madison music scene. Off to a questionable beginning with rainy weather, the energy and audience grew as the sun came out mid-day. The festival's music ranged from hip-hop by Chance the Rapper and peppy pop-rock by The Mowgli's to indie folk from locals PHOX, who proved they could hold their own among national touring artists. >More
 Ancora String Quartet bring powerful Shostakovich to First Unitarian Society's new performance space

The Ancora String Quartet gave their final performance of the 2012-13 season at the First Unitarian Society on May 4. The novelty was that the performance was given not in the usual setting in the building complex, the original meeting hall that is now called the "Landmark" auditorium, but in the new "Atrium" hall. >More
 Cowboy Winter combine Detroit's soul and garage-rock traditions

Cowboy Winter take a novel approach to soul and R&B on their debut album, Magic or Tragic. Instead of polishing their Motown influences like a session band would, the local group give them the bare immediacy of garage-rock. Lead vocalist Kevin Willmott declaims songs like "The Difficult One" with both achy sincerity and theatrical screams. >More
 Luna Mortis are back in action

Madison metal band Luna Mortis recently announced that they'll reunite after nearly three years of silence. >More
 Ian MacKaye takes fans behind the scenes of the early hardcore punk movement at UW talk

Before giving a talk Tuesday night at the UW's Red Gym, Ian MacKaye chatted with Robin Davies, bassist of Tar Babies, a Madison hardcore band from the 1980s. The group crossed paths with MacKaye's band Minor Threat in the early '80s. During two hours of Q&A with the audience, MacKaye's most entertaining remarks drew on other relationships he's formed during his years touring with Minor Threat and Fugazi and running the estimable Dischord Records. >More
 Danny Brown leads a fantastically filthy hip-hop sing-along at the High Noon Saloon

When Danny Brown performed for a sweaty, sold-out High Noon Saloon Saturday night, all the chips stacked against him toppled. There's no reason -- well, except for his filthy lyrics -- that this guy shouldn't be the biggest rapper on Earth. His electric live show falls somewhere between Mötley Crüe's live ribaldry and a hardcore-punk thrasher. >More
 Madison Opera's Don Giovanni is a fully realized portrayal of a libertine and his many victims

The final production of the 2012-13 season for Madison Opera, Mozart's Don Giovanni, opened most impressively at Overture Hall on Friday night. >More
 Colias 1 gathers ambient music from Madison and beyond

Colias 1, a new album from Madison's Mine All Mine Records, is proof of how focused yet ragtag our city's electronic musicians can be. The double-disc compilation will be released at Bright Red Studios at a show on Friday, April 26. >More
 The Hussy blow this popsicle stand

Psychedelic garage rockers Bobby and Heather Hussy aren't a romantic couple, but they are a couple of turkeys. They're goofy, wild and, at times, quite noisy. It took them four years to learn how to fly, but they've been defying gravity ever since. >More
Select a Movie
Select a Theater

Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar