Cranberry, Hovvdy

By Shaye Graves, Editor-in-Chief SCORE: 7.1 By this point in Hovvdy’s now two-album discography, it’s clear their tracks are never hard hitters. The Austin-based duo Charlie Martin and Will Taylor only semi-jokingly refer to their music as “pillowcore,” but it’s worth noting that what they lack in adrenaline they make up for in steady momentum. Their latest record, Cranberry, follows up last year’s Taster quite … Continue reading Cranberry, Hovvdy

Life on Mars: Michelle Zauner on Soft Sounds From Another Planet

By Shaye Graves and Amileah Sutliff This story appears in the Fall 2017 issue of EMMIE Magazine. The way Michelle Zauner fills sizeable venues with her screams, you’d never guess she’s so tiny. Tucked into a conference-room-turned-green-room two hours before her set at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she barely filled an office chair. Her dark hair was thrown into a bun at the nape of her neck, … Continue reading Life on Mars: Michelle Zauner on Soft Sounds From Another Planet

FRZN Fest 2018

By Shaye Graves, Editor-in-Chief Madison winters can be a bummer for a number of reasons, but poor live music isn’t one of them. FRZN Fest is one highlight in our seasonal programming that year after year, since 2012, has presented concertgoers with notable lineups filled with new and exciting artists. Chance the Rapper was an opener in 2013, and Chairlift, Nothing, Superchunk and Big Thief … Continue reading FRZN Fest 2018

Turn Out the Lights, Julien Baker

By Shaye Graves, Editor-in-Chief SCORE: 7.1 Can you imagine listening to a happy song by Julien Baker? The concept is so off-brand that it’s novel to think about. With the release of her second album, Turn Out the Lights, 22-year-old Baker has firmly established herself as fundamentally despondent. She’s someone you could easily consider one of your all-time favorite artists — she’s that talented, and … Continue reading Turn Out the Lights, Julien Baker

Snake on the Lake 2017

By EMMIE Magazine Staff Snake on the Lake returns to The Frequency this Saturday for a juiced up night of free live music to kick off the new school year. Co-hosted by WSUM Student Radio and WUD Music, the annual concert has become a standout among countless other welcome-back events thrown by UW organizations each year. Masses of students lined up around the block to get into last year’s … Continue reading Snake on the Lake 2017