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Lamb Sliders at the Merchant in Madison

The Merchant - Foodie Review

Craft Cocktails and Food in the Madcity
by Robin Gray
April 2018

Given its proximity to the Majestic Theatre, Merchant is one of the obvious choices for dining and drinking before or after catching some music at the Majestic and that is what I did on a recent Saturday evening. Although it was technically spring they were still serving their winter menu for both cocktails and food. We began with drinks.


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Wurk plays 420 Fest on Friday, April 20th at the Brink Lounge

Madcity Nights - April 2018

Previews for shows around the Madison area
by Max Ink
April 2018

April 2018


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Uncle Eddie promo shot circa late 1990's

Uncle Eddie

A Conversation with Guitarist Darwin Sampson
by Teri Barr
April 2018

Sometimes, when history repeats itself, there’s a good reason behind it. So, when planning for the annual Maximum Ink Bomblastica Party for the People 2018 began, the conversation around who would play meant turning the clock back in time, and asking a hard-hitting early 1990’ish band, Uncle Eddie to make a reappearance.

Now, according to guitarist Darwin Sampson, who is also known as the venerable owner of The Frequency in Madison, Uncle Eddie never truly went away. On and off for the right reasons or the right parties the last twenty-years, original members including Sampson, Nate Arnold on bass, and Chad Ovshak on drums, would clean off the cobwebs, and make music as Uncle Eddie. All three have been, and are, in other bands since the days which Sampson tells me started for him in a house in the Fox Valley area, eventually brought him to jam in the laundry room of Ovshak’s Mom’s house, and led to big basement shows in a house on old University Avenue—one of the first which included a then brand-new band, Sunspot, now a solid regular on the Madison scene.  Those early basement shows turned into Uncle Eddie becoming a regular at The Inferno, Spooners, and O’Kayz Corral, three of the spots Sampson says he’d only wished he could play as a kid. “Madison, and some of the venues at that time, seemed like a dream,” Sampson says. “We met a lot of bands just before their time. Nirvana, Green Day, Husker Du. Some we’d play on a bill with, others found us not punk enough or too jammy, but we made so many friends. We just weren’t sure what we wanted to do with Uncle Eddie.”


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Pat Furgeson on the Cover of Maximum Ink for April 2018 - photo by Ty Halbech

Pat Ferguson

by Teri Barr
April 2018

He isn’t new to the music scene, but Pat Ferguson has a new feeling about it. “There are exciting things happening right now for the groups coming out of Madison. Really exciting times around here,” Ferguson says.

And his own timing may be contributing to the excitement, as he is on the road promoting his first solo album, “Light of Day / Dark of Night,” after touring with a band for years. Pat also has a regular Wednesday night residency at HotelRED in Madison, which he says has helped fuel much of the material on the new album. Pat will be releasing the album for the first time at a show on April 27, 2018 at the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, and took time to answer our questions about this new stage of his career, and how he’s always been connected to music.


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Ministry at Turner Hall 2018 - photo by Emily Sisson

Ministry

An interview with Ministry's Sin Quirin
by Tommy Rage
April 2018

Sin Quirin discusses the new Ministry’s album AmeriKKKant.


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Great White

Great White

Mark Kendall discusses the new Great White album FULL CIRCLE
by Tommy Rage
April 2018

Mark Kendall discusses the new Great White album and how it has come FULL CIRCLE.


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Zeroed Hero

Zeroed Hero

An interview with vocalist Dean Kesler and bassist Chris Franczek of Zeroed Hero
by Mike Huberty
April 2018

Vocalist Dean Kesler and bassist Chris Franczek are long-time collaborators and musicians in the Madison scene. Their latest project, ZEROED HERO, adds Alison Margaret on keyboards and vocals and Tony Kille on drums. The band’s new album Love Letters To A Mannequin is guitar-driven alt-rock that ranges from the crunchy (“Precipice”) to the Americana-flavored (“Read Just Like My Heart”) to the metallic (“Dog Years”). Many of the songs have a tight riff-y sound from a careful interlocking of the rock n’ roll standard guitar, bass, and drums, but that’s important because it exposes the lyrics before they open into powerful and dramatic choruses. Kesler’s voice is sweetened by Margaret’s female harmonies that add a certain melancholy to the songs. Local axeslinger Dain Di Mattia (from MICHAEL ALEXANDER & BIG WHISKEY) handled much of the guitar work on the record, but Steve Truesdell will be handling the duties live. File Love Letters under Modern Power Pop that blends the earnest conviction of 70s rock with the precise sonic power of late 90s alternative.


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HellMuff

HellMuff

An interview with Madison punk band, HellMuff
by Mike Huberty
April 2018

HellMuff calls their music “songs in the key of truth”and it’s a straight ahead classic punk rock assault. Forming in 2016 with singer Blythe Gamble, guitarist Shannon Calloway, drummer Michael Pann, and bassist, they’ve been playing venues like The Frequency, and Bus Meadery. They’ll be performing at Bomblastica 2018 on April 28th at The Frequency with Madison classic power trio UNCLE EDDIE as well as bass and drum duo MHOS & OHMS. We talked with the whole band about their music and the show.


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Black Star Riders - photo by Richard Stow

Black Star Riders

An interview with vocalist Ricky Warwick
by Sal Serio
April 2018

Black Star Riders formed in 2012 when the most recent members of Thin Lizzy were writing and recording new songs, but decided that it would not be appropriate to release the upcoming album (2013’s ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’) under the Thin Lizzy name. Vocalist Ricky Warwick chose the “Black Star Riders” moniker after being inspired by the movie “Tombstone” (1993) which features an outlaw gang of the same name. The current line-up of Black Star Riders is: Warwick, with guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, bass player Robbie Crane, and drummer Chad Szeliga. Touring in support of their 3rd album, ‘Heavy Fire’, the hard rocking group hits the Upper Midwest for the following dates: Mon. April 2 at the Minneapolis Armory (w/ Judas Priest & Saxon); Tues. April 3 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee (w/ Judas Priest & Saxon); Thurs. April 5 at the Resch Center in Green Bay (w/ Judas Priest & Saxon); Fri. April 6 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL; and Sat. April 7 at Potawatomi in Milwaukee (w/ Saxon).


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Tavis Stanley of Art of Dying(Left) Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way(Right) - photo by Tricia Starr - TStarr Photography

Adelitas Way

Interview with Tavis Stanley From ART OF DYING
by Al Brzostowski
March 2018

Tavis Stanley, Tour Manager and Guitarist from Art of Dying, is currently on tour with Adelitas Way as their guitarist.  Adelitas Way is on the #Notorious tour, hitting the U.S. in support of the album “Notorious”, which was released in October. Also on tour with Adelitas Way are the Sons Of Texas, Stone Broken, Taking Dawn and Static Signal.
Adelitas Way and Tavis Stanley, which plays The Annex in Madison with special guests, rocking the single “Notorious,” one of the band’s most successful songs.
With the line-up change and a U.S. tour underway, I spoke with Tavis Stanley. Here’s his take on things to come.


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