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Dweezil Zappa and his band

Madcity Nights - November 2018

Show Previews for Madison and surrounding areas
by Max Ink
November 2018

This month in Madcity Nights show previews: Let’s Go Democrazy, Mollie O’Brien/Rich Moore, The Fuss, Cursive, A Perfect Circle, Jim Liban, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Dweezil Zappa, Ezra Furman, Howard Levy Four, Fareed Haque


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Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the cover of Max Ink for November 2018

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

An interview with Blues guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
by Mike Huberty
November 2018

Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be returning to the Barrymore in Madison on November 14th and he has a kinship with city that goes back a long time. “One of the radio stations there was one of the first, if not the first, in the entire country to add my first single into radio rotation.”, he says. “So I’ve always had a very special place in my heart for Madison just because they were out of the box one of the first cities outside of my hometown to support my music. Over the years we’ve always felt the love and support from the area. We connected with them a very long time ago and the connection has always stayed strong.”


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Madison Ghost Walks tour guide Lisa Van Buskirk in front of the haunted Majestic Theatre - photo by Emily Wayland

Madison’s Haunted Music Venues

Celebrate Halloween at Some of Madison's Haunted Clubs and Theaters
by Mike Huberty
October 2018

October means that it’s Halloween season and that means it’s time for ghost stories! While you check out the live performances at these places, make sure to keep your eyes peeled because the other people watching the show just might e a ticket holder from beyond the grave!


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Ninja Sex Party on Conan - photo by #teamcoco

Ninja Sex Party

An interview with Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht of comedy rock band, Ninja Sex Party
by Mike Huberty
October 2018

Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht dial up the ridiculousness with their comedy rock band, NINJA SEX PARTY. Influenced by other musical humor acts like Jack Black’s TENACIOUS D and Andy Samberg’s THE LONELY ISLAND, their personas of a Teller-eqsue silent ninja musician and nebbish-y horny unitard-sporting wannabe rockstar Danny Sexbang form a comedy duo that takes inspiration from 80s rock and synth pop classics and sings songs with titles like “If We Were Gay” and “Heart Boner”. Their latest single, “Danny Don’t You Know” is a straight up “Sister Christian”-style ballad where young Danny Sexbang is portrayed by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as he is visited by the older version of himself that regales him with tales of the rock stardom that awaits if he just makes it through his awkward teenage years.


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Willy Street Fair 2018 - photo by David Michael Miller

Madcity Nights - September 2018

Previews of shows around Madison and surrounding areas
by Max Ink
September 2018

Madcity Nights for September features show picks and previews by Maximum Ink staff writers. This month: Willy Street Fair and many more!


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Fiona Grey on the cover of Maximum Ink for September 2018

Fiona Grey

An interview with Dark Pop singer/songwriter, Fiona Grey
by Mike Huberty
September 2018

Fiona Grey is modern Top 40-ready Pop with a million dollar voice. Passionate and powerful, this Chicagoland native went west to LA to find her muse and has found success on a national tour with the band KITTEN (opening for huge artists like CHARLI XCX). Striking out on her own with her EP, Belladona, she’s following it up with a new EP Cult Classic coming out September 14th as well as a full North American tour. Her and her band are stopping by the Wisco on Sunday September 9th to play a show in Madison (this might be the only time that you get to see a mainstream-style Pop band at the Wisco, so it’s definitely gonna be something different for that place!) We talked to her about what everyone can expect for a Sunday night party on Willy Street.


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Los Angeles rockers Shiver

SHIVER

An interview with Los Angeles Rockers, Shiver
by Mike Huberty
July 2018

Edgy guitar-based Pop Rock with a twist of strings, LA band SHIVER is giving Madison a double shot of music by performing at Ruby Lounge on August 24th and High Noon Saloon on August 26th. Consisting of Rosalind Darbeau on violin, Justin Blair (a Wisconsin ex-pat formerly of Madison glam-rockers LIVEWIRE) on guitar and vocals, Tyler Horn on guitar, and the awesomely named Bas Janssen on drums and percussion, we talked with the band to get a preview of the shows.


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Madison's Moodtrain - photo by Sam Antha

MoodTrain

An interview with Verge Manyen and Travis Ziegler of improvisational rock duo, MoodTrain
by Mike Huberty
July 2018

Making up songs on the fly is hard, but improvisation is in the soul of live music. It’s what brought GRATEFUL DEAD fans back show after show because they didn’t know what to expect from night to night. If music is emotion made sound, then improvisation is what happens when you explore those emotions intuitively and in depth. That’s what Madison drummer Verge Manyen and guitarist Travis Ziegler do in MOODTRAIN. It’s improvisational instrumental rock where Verge and Travis feed off each other to create something unique every single time. They just released their first album, “Great Lakes Airlines volume 1”, an entirely off-the-cuff 30-minute jam. They’ll be playing outside at the Cheba Hut in downtown Madison on September 7th for a free show at 4:30pm. I talked with Verge and Travis about the new record and the band.


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Jaedyn James

Jaedyn James and the Hunger

Sultry Power Funk From Minneapolis
by Mike Huberty
July 2018

Sultry and powerful R&B from Minneapolis, JAEDYN JAMES & THE HUNGER is funk and soul fronted by fierce female vocals backed up a ten-piece band. They will be headlining AtwoodFest 2018 at 8:15pm on Saturday July 28th by the Alchemy Bar and if you love the classic Motown or James Brown-style, then this will be the set you’ve been waiting for. We spoke to lead singer, Jaedyn James herself, to preview the show and get the lowdown before the getdown.

MI: Who are some of your favorite artists and what inspired you to pick up the microphone?
JJ:
Whitney Houston. Etta James. Patsy Cline. James Brown. Willie Nelson.  I grew up in a house where my mother sang to us all the time. Singing has always been a part of my family’s language. I’ve known for forever that music is the most sacred thing to me. Singing is my way of connecting to music, to myself, and of course, to others too. 


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Old Soul Society

Old Soul Society

An interview with Singer/Songwriter Derek Ramnarace from Old Soul Society
by Mike Huberty
June 2018

Blending sincere Folk with energetic Americana, singer-songwriter Derek Ramnarace and OLD SOUL SOCIETY can easily remind you of COUNTING CROWS one minute and THE BAND the next. Flanked by Ben Rohde on drums, Andrew Steeno on bass, Mark Davini on keys, Joe Gantzer on guitar, and WHEELHOUSE’s badass Kenny Leiser on violin and guitar, Ramnarace has assembled a killer lineup for his Baraboo-based band. Derek has been putting together the Ragged Roots festival in Wisconsin Dells for years and he took the Between The Waves festival lead duties after the tragic passing of his friend, Luke Jourgensen. OLD SOUL SOCIETY will be performing at the Between The Waves music festival on June 16th at the High Noon Saloon outdoor stage at 6pm, and BTW founder Roy Elkins has even lauded them as “Gregg Allman playing with Eric Clapton”! We talked with Derek about the band and his involvement with the festival to preview the show and the big event.


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