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2018 Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe

Making His Case for Governor of Wisconsin
by Mike McCabe
August 2018

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe states his case for his bid for governor in 2018 in this Op-Ed


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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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Lita Ford rocking Ho-Chunk Casino in Wisconsin Dells - photo by Tricia Starr - TStarr Photography

Lita Ford

Lita Ford at Ho-Chunk Casino on August 4th for Rockn' The Dells
by Tommy Rage
July 2018

Lita Ford talks about writing her book, her longtime friendship with Dee Snider and how her biggest hit “Close My Eyes Forever” came about.


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Blacktop Mojo

Blacktop Mojo 2018

An interview with Singer Matt James
by Michelle Harper
July 2018

It’s not that throwing axes while drinking whisky is a bad idea. It’s just a better idea if you’re with Blacktop Mojo.
The guys from Palestine Texas (Matt James, Nathan Gillis, Ryan Kiefer, Matt Curtis, along with newest member, guitarist Chuck Wepfer from Milwaukee Wisconsin) are touring the country in support of their second album “Burn the Ships”. They just played their first festival, Rock fest, in Cadott Wisconsin, and joined rock’s elite by getting photographed and promoted by the infamous Lou Brutus. Blacktop Mojo’s down and dirty Texas grunge style is getting noticed, but not just for their original music. They do covers like no one else.


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In This Moment

In This Moment

In This Moment’s Ritual review and playing the Orpheum on August 9th
by Tommy Rage
July 2018

Speaking with founding member and lead guitarist Chris Howorth, we talk about the up-coming Madison show at the Orpheum Theatre on August 9th, about In This Moment’s release Ritual and working with the Metal God Rob Halford.


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Group Shot of Marah in the Mainsail - photo by Tricia Starr-- TStarr Photography

Marah In The Mainsail

Storytelling with Marah
by Al Brzostowski
July 2018

Minneapolis musicians Marah in The Mainsail don’t fit in with most mainstream genres. Their sense of storytelling opens a door that few bands walk through. Unique sound paired with Nightmare Before Christmas get-ups gives audiences a reason to watch closely as they take the stage.

A moment with them, brought clarity to their story at High Noon Saloon last Thursday.


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Kris Lager on the cover of Maximum Ink

Kris Lager Band

From Omaha to AtwoodFest 2018
by Tommy Rage
July 2018

A few rules to live by if you are a blues musician: Your happiness is directly linked to the day of the week, the preacher man is frequently of no comfort, and trusting people that you meet at the Crossroads is unwise. Unless you come upon a crossroad that leads you directly to AtwoodFest on Sunday July 29th, on the Madison Heritage Stage at 3:45 pm. The unique heavy soulful guitar workings of the Kris Lager Band bring foot-tapping blues and funky boogie-rhythm to the community festival.

The latest release from the Nebraska foursome Love Songs & Life Lines share the band’s tales from the road on songs like “Where The Green Grass Grows Tall” and “San Francisco Bound.”


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Mississippi Cactus plays the Madison Heritage Stage AtwoodFest 2018 on 7/28 @ 6:15PM

AtwoodFest 2018

A Preview of Artists Performing AtwoodFest
by Rökker
July 2018

Here is a quick preview of the music lineup for AtwoodFest 2018 happening July 28 & 29 on Atwood Avenue in Madison. The festival also features a KidsFest, MakerMarket, arts & crafts vendors and plenty of food! Go AtwoodFest.com for more.


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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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