Concert Review: George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic Usher In Party Atmosphere To Weekend Festival
2017 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic Usher In Party Atmosphere To Weekend Festival

Funk Legend Headlines Annual Madison Brat Festival While history can recognize some of the injustices committed in the past, this can mean little for those living in the present. Musical innovators, for one, are often hailed and cited by their sonic descendants, but that recognition doesn’t have monetary value attached, nor does it mean some … Continue reading

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries
2015 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries

Although the members of the Dave Rawlings Machine took the stage in Madison Friday night dressed as every rural American archetype, the reason wasn’t to get a start on Halloween trick-or-treating. This Appalachia-loving string band was just getting in character to do what musical evangelist do best: Bring the fire to the people. Continue reading

Concert Review: Slint Resurrects ’90s Masterpiece With Cold, Calculating Precision
2014 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Slint Resurrects ’90s Masterpiece With Cold, Calculating Precision

More than 20 years after releasing their seminal album and then breaking up, post-hardcore band Slint has temporarily reunited to highlight a box-set version of the record. But at the group’s recent show in Chicago, the combo proved they could still execute the music’s bold vision, but not with anything approaching a visionary’s passion. Continue reading

Concert Review: Neutral Milk Hotel’s Return Is Bonafide Second Coming
2014 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Neutral Milk Hotel’s Return Is Bonafide Second Coming

After years of self-imposed exile from music-making, Jeff Mangum and his underground-rock group Neutral Milk Hotel have seen cult-like audiences grow in their absence — one that sees the group as indie-rock messiahs. Their concert in Madison on Saturday night was a second coming that proved miracles really do happen. Continue reading