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Madison Arts Reads: Jan. 11, 2013

Post by Scott Gordon on 1/11/2013 12:21pm

Welcome to Arts Reads, a weekly roundup of Madison's best arts journalism.

Some of Madison's music writers must be feeling surly this week. 77 Square spotlights the vicious noise-rock outfit STNNNG ahead of the band's Saturday show at the Dragonfly, and Isthmus' Jessica Steinhoff checks in with Wisconsin punks Jetty Boys and Direct Hit!, who play the Majestic's punk showcase on Friday night. See also my Isthmus report on the rugged emotions Nick Brown will be exploring in a Friday CD-release show at the High Noon Saloon.

In other arts news, the Wisconsin State Journal's Gayle Worland reports on the risks the Madison Public Library is shouldering as it prepares to take over the Wisconsin Book Festival. Visual-art shows opening this weekend include EcoSquared at Hatch Art House, which 77 Square's Lindsay Christians reviews here.

Lastly, if you've ever wondered what goes on at the Sector 67 "hackerspace" on Winnebago Street, Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program has this dispatch.

Below: "Brain Dumb" by STNNNG

Scott Gordon is the co-host and editor of, a podcast and website covering arts and entertainment in Madison, Wisconsin. He has covered Madison arts and entertainment extensively for The A.V. Club, Isthmus, and Dane101.