Cafe Coda gives jazz a proper welcome to Madison

By Mia Sato Hanah Jon Taylor can’t remember a time in his life without music. As a child growing up on the southside of Chicago, jazz and blues rang through the streets and in the home – he recalls his father bringing home hard-to-find records from his trips as a Pullman porter, and once, he and a friend heard live jazz spilling out from a bar … Continue reading Cafe Coda gives jazz a proper welcome to Madison

SweetSexySavage, Kehlani

By Mia Sato SCORE: 7.0 Following the release of two well-received mixtapes, Kehlani, a dancer-turned-singer hailing from Oakland, California launched into the new year on a strong note with the release of her debut album SweetSexySavage (Atlantic Records). Though it’s her first major label effort, she’s by no means a newcomer: you may have heard her on Mind of Mine, last year’s release by R&B/pop contemporary … Continue reading SweetSexySavage, Kehlani

Jesse McCartney on touring, Wisconsin and his first cheese curd

By Mia Sato Early-2000s pop sensation and actor Jesse McCartney made a stop in Madison on Jan. 29, much to the delight of longtime fans (including a few Emmie staff members). In an Emmie magazine exclusive, McCartney answered our questions via email despite his busy touring schedule. Here’s what he had to say about Wisconsin and our cheese curds, getting back out on the road … Continue reading Jesse McCartney on touring, Wisconsin and his first cheese curd