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Trapt

Trapt's Chris Taylor Brown Strumming His Way into Madtown. An Acoustic Experience at The Annex/Red Zone.
by Al Brzostowski
March 2018

Chris Taylor Brown, Vocalist from California -based Trapt, is currently on tour doing an all-acoustic set list. Drum box backed and stripped down vocals and acoustic guitar, the sting of fan favorites are still felt through his playing.  Songs like “Black Rose”, “These Walls” and “Too Close” still carried the original tracks’ emotions. “Headstrong”, “Echo” and the night closer, “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight” had evolved into a more soulful version than the original.

Last night I had the experience to chat with Chris before hitting the stage at The Annex at the Red Zone in Madison.


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Judas Priest circa 2018

Judas Priest

Rob Halford talks about the new Judas Priest album FIREPOWER
by Tommy Rage
March 2018

Rob Halford talks about the new Judas Priest album FIREPOWER, the tragic news of Glenn Tipton and his personal plea for a new motorcycle. 


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Madcity's own Anna Wang - photo by Anna Wang

Anna Wang

an interview with Madison songwriter Anna Wang
by Teri Barr
March 2018

Anna Wang is no stranger to the area music scene. She made a big impression as lead singer and main songwriter for Anna Wang and The Oh Boys!, and in a 2012 Maximum Ink interview talked about sharing the power of songs, mixed with the joy of pop music, while taking on the world with her band. Some scheduling issues and line-up changes meant the eventual end of one project, some time off, and the creation of Tortoise and the Finch. Her talent helped take this duo to the top of the Project M Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2017. But even this success was short-lived. Anna is now a solo artist, but if you think it means she is quietly playing in a corner all alone, you don’t know Anna. She just released a new album of electronic-pop, and commands your attention—whether you are listening to her CD or watching her live—Anna is playing an entire band of instruments and every note of her songs. She’ll be joining with several other musicians, and sharing what she’s learned as part of a multi-part workshop, “The Six Questions of Songwriting,” starting Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm at 702 East Johnson Street in Madison, as well as solo shows including one she is really looking forward to at ArtIn on East Washington Avenue in Madison on May 17th. Keep reading to learn how Anna feels about being in this current place where she is in control of her music, and her life.


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Madcity Nights - March 2018

Previews of shows during March 2018 in Madison and surrounding area
by Max Ink
March 2018

Previews of shows during March 2018 in Madison and surrounding area


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Saint Tragedy

Saint Tragedy

Making it big with Saint Tragedy as lead singer Wayne Wiginton discuss the new EP Prolonging The Agony.
by Tommy Rage
March 2018

Making it big with Saint Tragedy as lead singer Wayne Wiginton discuss the new EP Prolonging The Agony…


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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

A Paranormal Ghost Story with Alice Cooper
by Mike Huberty
March 2018

At 70 years old, the former Vincent Furnier (ALICE COOPER was originally the name of the band and only later became the name of the singer) isn’t really shocking anyone anymore. The decades of boundary-pushing artists that his music and wildly theatrical show have inspired make his Halloween haunted house stage show seem almost quaint. ALICE COOPER returns to Madison at the Orpheum Theatre on State Street on March 14th. I hope he brings the guillotine, because you guys haven’t seen a rock show until you’ve seen a dude cut his own head off onstage!


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Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker

The Michael Schenker Fest is a "Resurrection" of all things Schenker!
by Sal Serio
March 2018

German guitarist Michael Schenker made a name for himself in the 70’s by playing on classic rock recordings by UFO and The Scorpions, before branching out on his own with the Michael Schenker Group. Schenker’s latest project is the Michael Schenker Fest, which features 3 vocalists from the classic 80’s line-up of MSG (Gary Barden, Robin McAuley, Graham Bonnet), as well as singer Doogie White, who performed with Schenker in the group Temple Of Rock. Also present will be the MSG rhythm section of Chris Glen and Ted McKenna. The Michael Schenker Fest comes to the Concord Music Hall in Chicago on March 17, and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on March 18.


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Sam Ness - photo by JC Dunst

Sam Ness

A Musical Journeyman
by Teri Barr
February 2018

“Music is a release for me when life gets hard. It’s a friend I can always count on. It’s a connection to so many amazing people around the world. It’s a second language, a hobby, a business, a friend, an enemy, sometimes it feels like the air that I breathe. I don’t know what the moment was I realized it, but I’ll never live without being close to music. It’s just as ingrained in me as my own heartbeat.”
Sam Ness

He found his voice, while wandering the streets of Europe. But Sam Ness brought his songs home, to record in places he loves, in Wisconsin. His album is a magical musical journey, and not only features his thoughts about where he’s been; but as one of the youngest and exciting new voices on the scene here, it’s a reflection on where he still wants to go. So, just before he leaves in search of some new inspiration, Sam took time to talk about his reason for traveling, why he loves busking while he’s on the road, and how some bad busking experiences in Madison have pushed him to try and change the law here.


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Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes true passion is human rights in Rock Against Trafficking
by Tommy Rage
February 2018

Glenn Hughes shares how this issue is important to him, his one-take recording style, and how changing his life-style helped him give back to this great cause. Read More…


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Sabaton

Sabaton

An interview with bassist Pär Sundström
by Michelle Harper
February 2018

Nothing can prepare you for the epic sound of Swedish metal band Sabaton. Except maybe, a shield, sword and battle gear.

Sabaton, which translates into “a knight’s foot armor”, draws their musical inspiration directly from the great wars and battles throughout history. Their ninth album entitled “The Last Stand” was released in 2016 to rave reviews. Drawing inspiration from famous “last stands” in great historic battles, the songs in this concept album march from the triumphant echoes of victorious anthems to chanting battle cries in minor keys, each track masterfully depicting the spirit of heroic last efforts of soldiers of yore. The album’s first track entitled “Sparta” intensely recaptures the heroic yet tragic last stand of the famous “300” Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae. And the fast and furious driving sound of “Shiroyama” rigorously illustrates the last stand of the Samurai in the 1877 Samurai rebellion on Japan’s Mount Shiroyama.

Sabaton bassist and co-founder Pär Sundström talked with me about Sabaton’s partnership with international game developer and publisher Wargaming, a once-in-a lifetime fan experience and why he’s one of the few metal musicians who love sitting behind a desk doing office work.


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