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Tin Can Diamonds

by Mike Huberty
May 2016

With a joyous and bluesy sound, TIN CAN DIAMONDS are a young Madison band that mixes elements of folk and rock. The folk ingredients are the way vocalist Aarushi Agni powerful and confident voice mixes with Mitch Johnson’s guitars and harmony vocals. The rock foundation is the rhythm section of bassist Ben Strohbeen and drummer Dave Janus. They’ll be releasing their first album at Bright Red Studios on May 21st and we talked with Aarushi, Dave, and Ben about the band and their new album.


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Motherhive of Madison, Wisconsin

Motherhive

An interview with singer Michael Kerwin
by Mike Huberty
April 2016

With a performance coming up at Maximum Ink’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, Bomblastica, Madison’s MOTHERHIVE is bringing classic heavy metal thunder and aggression magnified through a funky lens to the party.  If you get down to FAITH NO MORE, TOOL, or LED ZEPPELIN, then your head will bang to MOTHERHIVE. After several years of blasting their way around the Madison area in the first decade of this century as THE MOTHERHIVE SYNDICATE, guitarist Sven Hansen and singer Michael Kerwin found a new rhythm section in drummer Scott Chazan and bassist Matt Acker. With the new lineup, they re-christened themselves to simply MOTHERHIVE.  We talked with Kerwin about what their music is all about and what they’ve got planned for the big show at the Frequency on April 16th.


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The Haunted Club Tavern in Middleton, WI

The Ghost of Club Tavern

An interview with Moose Werner, owner of the haunted Middleton music venue, Club Tavern
by Mike Huberty
March 2016

Middleton’s Club Tavern has been a mainstay for live music on the west side for decades. The bar itself has been around for a lot longer than that and was even featured in the 1975 book, “Blue-collar Aristocrats: Life-styles at a Working-class Tavern”, a sociological study that looked through the other end of the hippie spectrum during the Vietnam generation, but what excited me the most about the place was the fact that I’ve heard several times from the staff that the Club Tavern was haunted.


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Circleswitch singer Kenny James, photo by Absolute Eddy - photo by Absolute Eddy

CIRCLESWITCH

An interview with Danny Rodic and Kenny James from Milwaukee's Circleswitch
by Mike Huberty
March 2016

Melodic hard rockers, CIRCLESWITCH, has been busy tearing up stages for Midwestern headbangers since we last talked to them in 2013, releasing their album, *Daybreak* and a stream of music videos. Their latest video, “Alibi” will be released in March (found on their website, www.circleswitch.com) and they’ll be performing in Madison at The Red Zone Annex on April 2nd. We talked to guitarist Danny Rodic and lead singer, Kenny James, in advance of the show.


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Vanishing Kids Live!

Mesmerized In Madison Compilation CD

An interview with Vanishing Kids' Jason Hartman, the man behind the "Mesmerized In Madison" compilation
by Mike Huberty
January 2016

Jason Hartman has been part of the driving force behind Madison (and for a few years, the Pacific Northwest) electronic art-rock band, VANISHING KIDS, as well as touring Europe and North America with psychedelic doom metallers JEX THOTH. He’s put together a limited release CD and vinyl compilation of some exclusive and unreleased tracks from his favorite Madison bands that’s coming out this month. The official party will be at Mickey’s Tavern on February 13th and I talked to Jason about the new compilation entitled “Mesmerized In Madison”.


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Teddy Davenport

An interview with Madison folk singer/songwriter Teddy Davenport
by Mike Huberty
December 2015

With a spirit and sound recalling the halcyon days of BOB DYLAN and ARLO GUTHRIE, Madison guitarist and vocalist TEDDY DAVENPORT is playing earnest honest-to-goodness classic acoustic American Folk music. His new EP is called *Middle of A Miracle* and he’ll be releasing it at Door Creek Church on December 12th supported by Krause Family Band, Madison Malone, and Tyler Preston. We took a minute to talk to him about his new release, his inspirations and the upcoming show.


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The Mad Mad Ones  - photo by Kris Eidnes

The THE MAD MAD ONES

An interview with The Mad Mad Ones drummer, Nick Bretl
by Mike Huberty
November 2015

Straight outta Wausau, THE MAD MAD ONES are alternative-style hard rock that will make you think of the big rock anthems of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ first record (still their best) and the wails and screams of JANE’S ADDICTION’s groove-metal head bangers. Guitarist/vocalist Ted Fox, drummer Nick Bretl, guitarist Jeff Sandbom, and bassist Ryan Anderson have delivered a monster in the form of Down The Rabbit Hole, their debut album. It’s all belching guitars, piercing vocals, and relentless drums that evoke equal parts ALICE IN CHAINS and WOLFMOTHER. I went down the rabbit hole with Nick to talk about their album and their upcoming Madison show at the Willy Street Pub and Grill (AKA The Wisco) on Friday December 11th.


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Go Play God

GO PLAY GOD

An interview with Madison hard rockers, Go Play God
by Mike Huberty
November 2015

Sludgy and aggressive, GO PLAY GOD, is vintage hard rock that borrows a little from grunge like ALICE IN CHAINS, a little from classic heavy metal like BLACK SABBATH, and sounds a lot like a more modern version of GODSMACK.


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Pachinko plays Maximum Ink's Halloween Spooktakular - photo by Mary Sweeney Photography

Pachinko

An interview with Pachinko singer and guitarist, Brian Brech
by Mike Huberty
October 2015

Named after a Japanese pinball machine, punk/metal hybrids, PACHINKO, combines the brutality and technical precision of metal with the wild abandon of punk rock. Formed by Wisconsin punk rock label Bovine Records founder, Steve Wipfli in the early 90s and featuring Magma (Michael Henry) from stoner metal Madison legends, BONGZILLA, PACHINKO has been led by vocalist/guitarist Brian Brech for over two decades. After signing to Jello Biafra’s (DEAD KENNEDYS) record label, Alternative Tentacles, and touring the US and Europe, the band has endured a series of lineup changes and took a hiatus in the mid-2000s. They’ve recently reformed and we talked to Brian Brech about where the band is going.


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Angels or Insects 2015 - photo by Mary Sweeney Photography

ANGELS OR INSECTS 2015

After 15 years, AOI is getting back together
by Mike Huberty
September 2015

Buried underneath that morass of backwards baseball caps, bands with deejays, and walking erection macho posturing at the turn of the century, an industrial movement was brewing. The tracks and loops and synths that we expect today from mainstream rock bands like MUSE and 30 SECONDS TO MARS all started with the brave acts who would bring massive keyboards and digital samplers onstage when you couldn’t just use blast backing tracks through your iPhone.  And in the Madison rock scene at the time, no other industrial metal act was bringing as many people to clubs or building more of a buzz than ANGELS OR INSECTS.


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