Brooklyn experimental soloist Jonah Parzen-Johnson on Madison, gentrification and art collectives

Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Jonah Parzen-Johnson, the experimental instrumentalist who favors baritone sax and analog synthesizer, is visiting Madison for a second time this year. Johnson is touring behind a paperback Travelogue “Three Reasons To Live Here” that chronicles his road travels this past summer through the U.S. and Canada in support of his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow. We caught up with him, via phone, somewhere in the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' "Sweet Disorder!" b/w “Stars” single dedicated to the memory of pioneering openly gay Birmingham musician

Lee Baines

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are not your stereotypical southern rock band. The Alabama foursome have roots from Birmingham steeped in blistering guitars and piercing lead solos, but you won't find them defending the Confederate Flag. You will find introspective lyrics dealing with social and political issues packaged into one hell of a live show.

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Acoustic Minstrels: Jonny Fritz, Matt Vasquez, Robert Ellis and Ian O’Neil hit King Street

Delta Spirit and friends
L to R, Jonny Fritz, Matt Vasquez, Robert Ellis & Ian O'Neil 

What does any smart touring indie ensemble do on their night off in Wisconsin? You park your tour bus on East Doty Street in downtown Madison and take in the vibe of the Capitol Square. To keep your chops fresh, maybe put together a free impromptu acoustic show at Ancora Coffee Roasters? That's exactly what Delta Spirit and a few close friends did on a quiet Tuesday evening.

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