Madison (Wisconsin)

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Wisconsin's pay-for-snuggle business is already closed

    RIP, Snuggle House. We hardly knew ye.THE BACKSTORY: Pay-for-snuggle business to open in Wisconsin, swears it's all platonic Just weeks after it opened, Madison's pay-for-snuggle business is already closed. The Snuggle House's Facebook page indicates it finally succumbed to pressure from city offici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Authorities can't stop Weird Wisconsin beach sex

    In 2012, Wisconsin authorities closed the public forest around the Madison-area Mazo nudie beach in hopes it'd curtail people from going in the woods and getting it on. But it didn't do the trick, and so earlier this year, they closed the beach on weekdays.SEE ALSO: Wisconsin man arrested for humpin ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2013

    Summer Set returns this weekend

    The music and camping festival aims to get one big party going

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir announce new album, Repave

    After making their stunning U.S. live debut with a memorable show at the Cedar Cultural Center back in March of 2011, Volcano Choir (a collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Wisconsin experimental rock outfit Collections of Colonies of Bees) are keeping their fruitful musical partnership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Dessa, Field Report, Solid Gold headline First Avenue's SXSW 2013 day party

    Music fans heading down to Austin, Texas in March for this year's SXSW should mark the afternoon of Friday, March 15 on their schedule. Gimme Noise has partnered with the Current and Etix, as well as two of the Midwest's most revered music venues, our own First Avenue and Madison's Majestic Theater, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Wisconsin Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton lived double life as prostitute, worked in Mpls

    Three-time Olympian and nine-time NCAA champion Suzy Favor Hamilton has confessed to leading a secret life as a high-end prostitute since December of last year.SEE ALSO:-- Minneapolis sixth-horniest city; St. Paul considerably less aroused, study finds-- Woodbury and Edina rated as top extramarital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Minneapolis residents have top average credit score in America, says Experian

    We ride bikes and go skinny dipping in urban lakes. And when we stop for a beer on the way home and charge it to our credit card, we pay that thing down more promptly than folks anywhere else in the country. According to Experian's latest analysis of credit scores across the country, Minneapolitans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Matt Mueller's tremendous passion for life and music remembered by friends

    See Also:Matt Mueller, former Pachyderm Studio owner, dies in car accidentMatt Mueller, a businessman, father of two, and music devotee with strong ties throughout the Midwest, was tragically killed in a traffic accident on Monday evening. He was 42, and was best known in the Minnesota community as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Night Moves share "Country Queen," announce Colored Emotions release show

    See Also: Night Moves reveal Colored Emotions tracklist and release date Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inch Local retro-rockers Night Moves have kept the Twin City music community (and the rest of the world) waiting patiently for their Domino Records release of their de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Summer Set's Jack Trash on SoundTown, EDM, and building Midwest memories

    See Also:SoundTown and Minnesota's music festival fatigueSoundTown 2012 has been canceledSummer Set Festival 2012 lineupThis past Tuesday, Gimme Noise delved into the cancellation of the SoundTown Festival, and the implications for other festivals here in the Twin Cities. Somewhat overlooked in all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    The Onion stops printing in Twin Cities, closes A.V. Club in four markets

    Today marks the final day of The Onion's local presence in the Twin Cities. Both the print publication of the satirical newspaper, owned by the Pioneer Press, and the companion A.V. Club coverage of local arts and entertainment have closed for financial reasons, according to A.V. Club's Jason Zabel. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 22

    Related:We Are the Willows tour diary Vol. 21Tour Diary archiveMy name is Peter and I write and play tunes under the name We Are the Willows. What follows are some thoughts and stories about being on the road playing music. Since returning home from my three-month-long tour last summer, I've manag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Local competitive eater tries to break chicken salad sandwich world record today [VIDEO]

    Eric Dahl is literally eating for his education.The 21-year-old Delano native is currently in his senior year at the University of Wisconsin, where he's studying to earn a degree in computer science. Like many other students, Dahl works during the week to help fund his school costs. But the way he d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Polica make TV debut on Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, unveil U.S. tour

    Related:SXSW: Polica as the road teamPolica at First Avenue (with cover shoot outtakes) River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupAlthough MInneapolis electro-percussive soul collective Polica aren't quite at the level of an Ellen DeGeneres shout-out yet, they're about to get a huge a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Faerie Tale Burlesque Theatre brings burlesque to St. Paul: Win tickets!

    ​ While a plethora of burlesque troupes -- including Lili's Burlesque, Black Hearts Burlesque, and Le Cirque Rouge -- have heated up Minneapolis in recent years by hosting ongoing nights and special performances, the city of St. Paul has often missed out on the action. This will change this weeken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Doomtree release "Bangarang" video before starting enormous U.S. tour

    ​As the Doomtree crew are all getting psyched for their sprawling 2-month-long U.S. tour which starts tomorrow night, they dropped a lighthearted, no-frills video for "Bangarang," one of the most rousing tracks on their recent No Kings album. The clip features all the members of the Doomtree colle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Katherine Windels ordered to stop threatening Wisconsin Republicans

    Katherine Windels got carried away.​There's no doubt that pro- and anti-union forces used almost every trick in the book during the assembly battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. But while there was a lot of shouting, scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Hennepin County: Not so healthy, but it could be worse

    It looks pretty healthy, right?​Hennepin County is the most populous county in Minnesota. It encompasses a city that regularly breaks the Top 10 in all sorts of quality of life studies. But if you want the healthiest county, you're going to need to look west. According to a University of Wisc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    James Beard Awards finalists announced

    ​The field has further narrowed, and we have two Twin Cities chefs among the final contenders for the James Beard Awards' Best Chef Midwest. Drumroll, please........:

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 14

    ​Chicago deep dish pizza!!!!!!  That's basically all my brain had been able to think about for about two weeks before I played in Chicago.  I got into town, and immediately found a place to get some.  I ate three pieces and then I almost exploded.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Minnesota Republicans want to be like Wisconsin

    Is it time to protest in St. Paul?​After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts. One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Wisconsin protesters' Capitol invasion caught on video

    State troopers and protesters clash.​Tempers are flaring in Madison, where Republicans in the Assembly have used a controversial and possibly illegal maneuver to ram through a public employee union-busting bill. The Senate voted on the measure last night. The Assembly takes it up today -- if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Scott Walker tanking in another Wisconsin poll [UPDATE]

    Scott Walker is falling in the polls.​There's more bad poll news for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who insists he's going to stand firm in his budget battle to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Rasmussen Reports is out with a new survey of Wisconsin voters showing that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Scott Walker: Wisconsin has buyer's remorse

    Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.​Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wisconsin senate Democrats getting homesick, Republican says

    Sen. Scott Fitzgerald says some of the 14 Democrats want to come home.​As long as 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats stay on the lam, GOP Gov. Scott Walker can't push his controversial union busting bill through the Legislature. So he threatened again today to start laying off 1,500 public sector ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    "Boobies" banned in Wisconsin middle school, ACLU alerted

    Banned in Wisconsin.​The "I Heart Boobies" breast cancer awareness bracelets that made Fairmont High School officials blush last September have now been banned at Wisconsin's Sauk Prairie Middle School. And thanks to seventh-grader Kaisey Jenkins' older sister, the American Civil Liberties U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    200 cows drop dead on Wisconsin farm

    Martin CathraeWhy did 200 cows drop dead on a Wisconsin farm?​Add this to the list of spooky animal deaths this month: 200 cows have up and died of causes unknown in Stockton, Wis. There's also no explanation yet as to why thousands of blackbirds fell dead out of the sky in Arkansas on New Year's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Wisconsin Culver's gunslingers secure their rights

    Photo: Willie LunchmeatOn the menu in Wisconsin​Five pistol-packin' strangers recently scared the dickens out of a 62-year-old woman at a Madison Culver's, and she called the cops. But now the cops are the ones who are in trouble. They'd walked into a piece of Second Amendment street theat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Carleton, Macalester rated among nerdiest U.S. campuses

    Carleton College, where nerds rule.​Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth eat your hearts out. Some of the biggest college brains in the country, who go to class just for the sheer delight of exercising their cerebral cortex, can be found at Carelton and Macalester colleges. Rating website Unigo arrive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Top 10 forbidden foods

    WikipediaDon't eat that: Dog meat cooking in Southeast Asia​ Earlier this week came news that a homeless man named Nathan J. Kittoe, in Madison, Wisconsin, was in trouble with police for attacking a woman in a local park for trying to stop him from killing a goose, which he was planning on hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Wisconsin homeless man Nathan J. Kittoe dines on park geese

    Via WikipediaFleeing Kittoe?​We will resist the temptation here to claim that we've found a solution to two problems: Feeding the homeless, and ridding public parks of geese that insist on crapping everywhere we try to sit and relax with a cold adult beverage on a hot summer's day. That said, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Wisconsin homeless man Nathan J. Kittoe dines on park geese

    Via WikipediaFleeing Kittoe?​We will resist the temptation here to claim that we've found a solution to two problems: Feeding the homeless, and ridding public parks of geese that insist on crapping everywhere we try to sit and relax with a cold adult beverage on a hot summer's day. That said, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Minerva Lopez sentenced in starvation and beating of daughter

    Minerva Lopez will spend 20 years behind bars​Minerva Lopez told police she beat her teenage daughter with a broomstick, a metal rod and a frying pan, scalded her with hot water, choked her, cut her wrist with a kitchen knife and bit her face. Now the 33-year-old Madison woman is going to pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Three Wisconsin breweries you should know (if you don't already)

    For all the exciting news recently on the Minnesota beer front, there's arguably just as many cool things going down in the land of cheese to our east. While the state's beer history is impressive (and includes a little company you may have heard of called Miller), the real action is what's being br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Sleep-deprived Monster drink trucker mistaken for bomber

    Photo: jontintinjordanThe cops say Beant Singh Gill was sleepy. Maybe he should have cracked a Monster​Evidently Beant Singh Gill, of British Columbia, doesn't speak much English. And he drives a semi-trailer when he hasn't had enough sleep. Erratically, too, according to police. Which is how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Ben Ivascu on crushing the drums: Nine bands, no waiting

    Photo by Erik Hess​"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun announce 7-inch and spring tour

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Two popular local psych rock bands, Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun, are preparing to leave on a massive month and a half tour of the US. The two bands are also getting ready to release a split 7-inch (preview the first track on the Modern Radio site), which will drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Minneapolis is 80th drunkest U.S. city; St. Paul is No. 87

    Sometimes, we're happy to let the folks from Wisconsin have the upper hand.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Trampled by Turtles announce new album, tour

    The bluegrass quintet will release Palomino on April 13.

  • News

    December 9, 2009

    Allison Pottinger going for curling gold at Winter Olympics

    U.S. women's curling team hopes to win big in Vancouver

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Brother Ali announces new album, release show

    His new record, Us, will hit stores September 22.

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    May 26, 2009
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    February 19, 2009

    Feb. 19, 2009: Solid Gold, Muja & Pennywise

    New Solid Gold video, new Daughters of the Sun, updated Heiruspecs dates & Pennywise to play the Myth.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    How The Onion made it

    It's easy for us here in the Midwest to remember when The Onion was just a small publication making its mark out in Madison, Wis.

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2008
  • Music

    January 24, 2007

    Before the Law

    A lawyer, a bartender, a modern classical guitarist, and a drum teacher rock out in Cougar

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2003

    Rijsttafel Ramblings

    Dear Dara answers questions, both asked and unasked, about the foods you seek

  • Arts

    June 25, 2003

    Body Rock

    Heads and Bodies take off their clothes, shower in beer, and shake what punk rock gave them

  • Music

    December 5, 2001

    No Rock Stars Need Apply

    A Hangdog Comeback From the "Other" Dylan

  • Arts

    September 9, 1998

    Bring in the Noise

    From Wrong's free-improv chaos to Savage Aural Hotbed's circle-saw precision, a disparate local noise scene maps the sound of modern anxiety

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