The Sets List:
Blitzen Trapper, New Pornographers, Rickie Lee Jones, more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 06:19

Blitzen Trapper. — PHOTO: Courtesy

With Blitzen Trapper in town, it really will be a fantastic holiday weekend for Madisonians. The experimental country/folk act got its start in Portland, Oregon, and stayed there for a while, but when their self-released album Wild Mountain Nation went big in 2007, they found themselves sharing their gifts with the world and picking up influences from it too. New album VII carries on the tradition, with bluesy motifs lifted from their travels throughout the country.

Eaux Claires an ‘artist-driven’ festival

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:34

Eaux Claires co-founders Aaron Dessner (left) of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver want to build a whole new kind of festival in western Wisconsin.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Why does the Eaux Claires Festival exist?

Music reviews: Adam Lambert, James Taylor, more

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:29

Adam Lambert. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Adam Lambert :: ‘The Original High’

Scientists chart evolution of pop music

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 20:10

New research from a team of biologists and computer scientists finds that diversity is a driving force in music development.

New music:Kacey Musgraves, Neil Young, Leon Bridges, Miguel

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:14

Kacey Musgraves’ unexpected Grammys last year for best country album and best country song were no fluke, and this album proves it. Ignoring contemporary standards for commercial country music, Pageant Material is a beautiful follow-up that will soothe with its melodies and delight with its simple, direct lyrics. Lead single “Biscuits” offers a tongue-and-cheek chorus line, “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

Grateful Again: The Dead perform first of final shows

Written by LISA LEFF
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 06:00

The songs still ran long. To the uninitiated, the communal rituals of the faithful fans probably looked strange. Was it trippy? Well, this was a Grateful Dead show, after all, the first in a handful over the next week that are said to be the last.

The four surviving members of the Dead, joined by a trio of well-versed companions, launched their “Fare Thee Well” mini-tour on June 27 in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago and almost two decades after the death of beloved lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

WiG's progressive, alternative guide to Summerfest

Written by Maddy Hughes, Bill Lamb
and Matthew Reddin,
contributing writers
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:19

Summerfest is the world's largest music festival, bringing in more than 800 acts from across the globe. So how do you figure out what to see? This year, we're offering our help, with a guide to the artists big and small who we recommend you check out at this year's event, running June 24 to July 5.

Paul Dano as the young Brian Wilson in 'Love and Mercy'

Brian Wilson, as he himself has sung, wasn't made for these times. Or any others, for that matter, which is part of the reason his music has remained so timeless through all of his breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Rickie Lee Jones examines 'Desire' on new album

Written by Maddy Hughes,
contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:51

After a decade without writing a song, beat icon Rickie Lee Jones has returned with The Other Side of Desire, a brand-new album that takes its inspiration from her life of music and her new home city of New Orleans. She'll play at the Pabst Theatre July 16.

Our progressive, alternative guide to Summerfest

Written by Compiled by
Maddy Hughes,
Bill Lamb
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:35

When they call Summerfest “the Big Gig,” boy, do they mean it. The 11-day event is the world’s largest music festival, bringing in more than 800 acts from across the globe.

Choir helps dementia patients form musical bonds

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 23:04

Organizers say the Amazing Grace Choir helps its members connect with family and form new memories despite the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
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Milwaukee’s Amazing Grace Choir is special, and not just for its talent. The ensemble is made up of people who suffer from early Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers.

The Sets List:
Maritime, Imagine Dragons, Barenaked Ladies & Violent Femmes

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 13:16

Maritime. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Originally formed with members of two of the more underrated acts of the ‘90s in their respective genres (The Promise Ring, an emo band with a cult following, and The Dismemberment Plan, considered a precursor to the dance-punk movement of the ‘00s), it’s too bad Maritime has to be called underrated as well.