Reporting and comment on the arts in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tone Madison covers music and culture in Madison, Wisconsin. Our journalism reflects a smart, curious, complex, and flawed city.

Tone Madison is wholly owned and operated by its editors and writers. No shilling, no filler—just our best efforts at providing stories, conversations, and viewpoints you can't get from any other local outlet.

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In addition to the stories we post throughout the week, we also produce a weekly podcast and frequently present curated shows and other events.

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Site Editors

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon

Scott is the editor and co-founder of Tone Madison. He has covered music and lots of other things for outlets including The A.V. Club, Wisconsin Public Radio, and WORT-FM.
Mark Riechers

Mark Riechers

Mark likes video games, beer, and yelling about buses in Madison, having gotten accustomed to that during a stint in Chicago. He helped found both the Arts Extract Podcast and this website.​
Joel Shanahan

Joel Shanahan

Joel makes music as Golden Donna and writes for Tone Madison.

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Contributors

Russell Emerson Hall

Russell Emerson Hall

Russell Emerson Hall is a grizzled post-punk vet and long-time Madison churl.
Zack Stafford

Zack Stafford

Zack Stafford is a recent UW graduate currently listening to records on the east side of Madison.
Sasha Debevec-McKenney

Sasha Debevec-McKenney

Sasha Debevec-McKenney is a graduate of Beloit College living and working in Madison.
Ross Adam

Ross Adam

Ross Adam is a local amateur musician.
David Wolinsky

David Wolinsky

David Wolinsky is a journalist and creator of the videogames website Don't Die.
Francisco Velazquez

Francisco Velazquez

Francisco Velazquez (Fran Vela) is a 19-year-old spoken word artist, journalist, workshop facilitator, personal trainer, and activist from Atlanta. He is currently a sophomore at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a part of the OMAI/First Wave Scholarship; through his continued determination to find the uncomfortable answers, he finds the growth in words.
Liz DiNovella

Liz DiNovella

Liz DiNovella is a cultural critic and digital reporter in Madison, Wisconsin.
Grant Phipps

Grant Phipps

Grant Phipps resides in Madison and writes film and music criticism for outlets including LakeFrontRow.com and NoRipcord.com.
Emili Earhart

Emili Earhart

Emili is a musician studying at UW-Madison, and Program Director at WSUM.
Robin Davies

Robin Davies

Robin Davies is a Midwest monster of the highest grade.
Maija Inveiss

Maija Inveiss

Maija Inveiss is a senior studying journalism, strategic communications and French at UW-Madison.
Chali Pittman

Chali Pittman

Chali Pittman studies philosophy and political science at UW-Madison. She also does radio stuff at WPR and WORT.
Sarah Witman

Sarah Witman

Sarah is a journalist living on the near-east side of Madison. She enjoys looking for good stories in everyday experiences.
Lisa Marine

Lisa Marine

Lisa Marine is an image historian, a musician, and a writer. She lives in Madison with her husband, her daughter, and a surly cat named Tula.
Michael Penn II

Michael Penn II

Michael Penn II (rap name CRASHprez) is a 22-year-old hip-hop artist, journalist, facilitator, and curator from a suburb of Black folks called Fort Washington, MD. He spent his four undergrad years in Wisconsin—through the First Wave scholarship—searching for the perfect chicken spot and learning to turn shit up on the page and on the stage.
Dave Stoler

Dave Stoler

Dave Stoler is a professional keyboardist based in Madison. He performs with his own trio, The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band, and The Darren Sterud Orchestra, and co-leads Steely Dane (a Steely Dan tribute band).
Rob Lundberg

Rob Lundberg

Rob Lundberg is a musician, photographer/artist, and environmentalist currently based in Madison. He plays in JOBS, Nestle, Skeletons and a number of other projects and is pursuing a dual MS/JD degree program at the University of Wisconsin.
Dylan Brogan

Dylan Brogan

Dylan Brogan is a Madison journalist, radio producer, and comedian frequently heard on WORT 89.9 FM.
Catie Rutledge

Catie Rutledge

Catie Rutledge is a recent BFA grad living in Madison and just trying to "figure it all out."
Emily Mills

Emily Mills

Emily Mills is the editor of Our Lives, Madison's LGBTQ magazine, as well as the drummer/singer in Damsel Trash and Little Red Wolf.
Dave Labedz

Dave Labedz

Dave Labedz is a writer, poverty lifestyle guru, nerdcore rapper, and former Madisonian. He currently resides in Chicago.
Maia Pujara

Maia Pujara

Maia Pujara is currently a graduate student getting her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mike Noto

Mike Noto

Mike Noto is a freelance writer and musician living in Madison.
Erica Motz

Erica Motz

Erica Motz is a recent UW graduate living a life on the west side of Madison.
Marc Eisen

Marc Eisen

Marc Eisen is a Madison writer and editor.
Cameron Connors

Cameron Connors

Cameron is a Madison-based writer and editor who has contributed to Isthmus, The A.V. Club, and other publications.
DB Pedersen

DB Pedersen

DB Pedersen is a Madison-based musician who performs and records under is own name and in a variety of collaborative settings.
Angela Richardson

Angela Richardson

Angela Richardson is a performer, visual artist, and longtime Madison resident.
Bianca Martin

Bianca Martin

Bianca is an east-sider who produces things and contributes to Tone Madison.
 Lewis Peterson and Nick Propheter

Lewis Peterson and Nick Propheter

Lewis Peterson and Nick Propheter are staff members at Four Star Video Heaven, Madison's long-running independent video store.
Deon Green

Deon Green

Deon Green is a Madison-based comedian and musician trying to bring more love into the world.
Kristian Knutsen

Kristian Knutsen

Kristian Knutsen is a writer and editor who lives in downtown Madison.
Jess Horn

Jess Horn

Contemporary Portrait and Documentary Photographer. Cleveland, Ohio and Upper-Midwest, USA.
Andrew Winistorfer

Andrew Winistorfer

Andrew Winistorfer is senior editor at Vinyl Me, Please. His work has appeared on Noisey, Milwaukee Record, The A.V. Club, and elsewhere. He's your mom's favorite music writer.
David Klein

David Klein

David Klein edits the Madison film website LakeFrontRow.
James Kreul

James Kreul

James Kreul is the co-founder of Madison Film Forum.
Frankie Mastrangelo

Frankie Mastrangelo

Frankie Mastrangelo is a feminist killjoy living and writing in Milwaukee.
Claire Warhus

Claire Warhus

Claire Warhus is a Madison-based artist and illustrator.
Adam Powell

Adam Powell

Adam Powell is a Madison-based food, culture, and tech writer. He wrote Mad City Eats and Mad City Eats: Second Helping, the definitive books on food in Madison, WI.
Kelly Hiser

Kelly Hiser

Kelly Hiser a is PhD candidate in music history at the UW-Madison who recently spent a year working with the Bubbler and the Yahara Music Library at the Madison Public Library.
Alan Talaga

Alan Talaga

Comedian, writer, video making person.
Chris Lay

Chris Lay

Chris Lay is occasional standup comedian and sometimes storyteller living in Madison. He writes stuff for Tone Madison and Isthmus every now and again.
Joel Shanahan

Joel Shanahan

Joel makes music as Golden Donna and writes for Tone Madison.
Ben Munson

Ben Munson

Ben Munson loves pizza forever.
Mark Riechers

Mark Riechers

Mark likes video games, beer, and yelling about buses in Madison, having gotten accustomed to that during a stint in Chicago. He helped found both the Arts Extract Podcast and this website.​
Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon

Scott is the editor and co-founder of Tone Madison. He has covered music and lots of other things for outlets including The A.V. Club, Wisconsin Public Radio, and WORT-FM.