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Welcome Back! Fall Semester ‘19 Previews

Madison is home to dozens of venues for taking in movies, plays, musicals and concerts. The Daily Cardinal highlights some highly anticipated events happening on campus this fall semester, as well as a few movies and shows for you to enjoy in between studies!


Lollapalooza 2019: Four-day Festival Highlights

The Daily Cardinal's Francisco Velazquez went down to Lollapalozza for the first time. Many of the most popular artists in the world were present for this year's festival. From Normani to Childish Gambino, here is a breakdown of the highlights from the four day music event.


Superorganism wows at the Majestic with eccentric, captivating theatricality

Superorganism is a well-oiled machine (assuming in this metaphor that machines are coalitions of incredibly theatrical, talented and artistic people and “well-oiled” refers to their well-put-togetherness and not to the amount of oil on them). The quirky octet displayed their musicianship with a multi-faceted and highly entertaining show at the Majestic on May 1. 


National Geographic Symphony calls for change through music, visuals

The Overture Center was filled with a varied audience on March 30 when “A Symphony for Our World” blew through. It drew in a range of personas from music fanatics to nature buffs to families with children. The five-part symphony composed by Bleeding Fingers Music was performed by a live orchestra and chorus.  


Breaking Benjamin sparks embers with a fiery performance in Madison

Now a five-piece well-oiled machine, many fans, critics and even founder Ben Burnley himself feel the band is heavier and more complete than in the past. With their headlining performance at The Sylvee last Monday in mind, I can only attest that this perception of the band’s current state is correct: Breaking Benjamin is simply the best it has ever been.


Ben Burnley, Breaking Benjamin a consistent force in rock

Breaking Benjamin has traversed an always-morphing musical landscape, survived several member changes and has simply gotten the better of time itself. The one constant throughout the entire journey has been founder Ben Burnley, the band’s lead singer and guitarist who also served as the creative mind behind most of the band’s music dating back to the its inception.


Aglow and alive, Hippie Sabotage electrifies Madison

Hippie Sabotage, the EDM duo consisting of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer, infected the Sylvee last Wednesday with one killer jam sesh. As someone who doesn’t frequently indulge in EDM and rave culture, this concert was a really interesting step into that world. 


Rainbow Kitten Surprise serves up mellow Monday soul food at the Sylvee

As I rushed to the Rainbow Kitten Surprise concert at the Sylvee this past Monday night, I had high expectations after their gig at Majestic Theatre last year, which was full of head-bang worthy rock-inspired renditions of their classics and an intimate feel despite Sam Melo’s overwhelmingly energetic stage presence. However, this show was quite different from the last time I saw RKS — mellow undertones dominated, and I felt as though I was digging into a giant, steaming bowl of soul food during their set. 

Lauv's magnetic stage presence combined with his obvious love for performing electrified the theater and gave the audience a diverse show filled with fast-paced moments and slow ballads.

​Lauv brings down-to-earth atmosphere to The Sylvee

The Sylvee was washed with blue light and smoke as it came alive with the dynamic rhythms of Lauv last Friday night. His magnetic stage presence combined with his obvious love for performing electrified the theater and gave the audience a show filled with fast-paced moments, slow ballads and occasional times of laughter.

Greta Van Fleet performed at the Sylvee earlier this month. The band will be returning to Madison on June 4, 2019 at the Breese Stevens Field.

New Greta Van Fleet album tries too hard to imitate something much older, much better

I will begin this review with a disclaimer: I’d never listened to Greta Van Fleet before I heard this album. I was going into it with an open mind — music-savvy friends had shown me snippets of singles the band had released over the past couple years, and I wasn’t interested in knowing them any better. I came upon Anthem of the Peaceful Army hoping to have my mind changed.

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