Josh Harty sang in a Midwestern bar room last night. This is what he does. Very well. Madison’s new folk and Americana music scene is bursting at the seams. On any given night there’s a quality indie singer, a country […]
The intergalactic music subsidiary known as NRBQ unpacked a trunk filled with fifty years of music at Madison’s High Noon Saloon last night. As if that trunk needed any more cargo, the ageless band’s new record Brass Tacks provided some […]
All bangs and ponytail, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra is an enigma. That’s because, for all her classic beauty and mainstream accomplishment, she’s a bad ass who is formerly homeless and who is a tireless crusader for the […]
Chuck Prophet waged war on rock and roll last night at Madison’s High Noon Saloon. He won. There were casualties. Buddy Holly took a shot for the team. Prophet magically inhabited Holly’s realm both musically and physically: wide-eyed earnestness on […]
West Plains, Missouri, has seen more than its share of trouble. The town was burned to the ground during the Civil War. It’s had a string of dance hall explosions, failed banks, and tornadoes ever since. It’s the kind of […]
Justin Vernon isn’t the only Wisconsin songwriter who vanished into a northwoods cabin and emerged with an album full of songs. So did Viroqua native Simon Balto. In 2013 Balto released The Roads That Make Men Weary. Like Vernon’s music, […]
Like a lot of roots musicians, Evan Murdock began in bluegrass. His mandolin work for Madison’s infamous Lonesome Rogues was front and center in live shows during their six-year, weekly residency at Madison’s Wonder’s Pub. The venerable tavern eventually closed […]
While it didn’t generate the same Cheeseland buzz as this weekend’s Packer vs. Seahawks game will, there was plenty to cheer about at Wednesday night’s world premiere of Tight Tiger. Lead singer/songwriter Brian Knapp’s new quartet turned a birthday show […]
Lollapalooza 2014 is a showcase of female artistry. Friday’s line-up allowed a fest-goer to be spellbound from start to finish and never once encounter more than a boy or two on stage. Lucius, L.A.’s Warpaint, Scotland’s Lauren Mayberry and Chvrches, […]
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