Hypheria wins Warm Glow Studios Artist Spotlight Video Contest

Hypheria from Madison won the Warm Glow Studios Artist Spotlight Video Contest. The Madison based band receives more than $3,000 worth of prizes for winning.

“I was thrilled to win Warm Glow Studios’ video contest,” said James Killian of Hypheria. “The contest was set up where you had to get enough fan votes to make it to the top 10, then the studio picked which artist they liked the most to sponsor. There were over 60 entrants so I’m very thankful for all the fan support that the band received during the voting. I’m also grateful that the team at Warm Glow enjoyed our music so much that they chose to work with Hypheria, even though we didn’t have the most votes. To me, this means that we are on the same creative wavelength, and that we’re about to produce some really funky tunes together!”

For winning the contest, Hypheria wins recording, mixing, and mastering of 1-4 songs, one year of digital distribution, social media marketing consultation for launch, two VIP tickets to the Between the Waves Music Conference and Festival, custom merch courtesy of DLK Printing, one year Broadjam membership, radio interview on The Jimmy K Show, Custom Nerve DJ Radio promo package, Facebook Live interview with Warm Glow Studios, and a launch party at Yahara Bay Distillery.

Schmoolio and Help Desk hosting release show for new albums

Schmoolio and Help Desk is having their official CD release shows for their respective new albums, on Saturday, April 27, at BarleyPop Live (in the old Frequency Space, 121 W. Main St., Madison). This will be BarleyPop Live’s first show ever. The show will also feature the band Not Dead Yet.
For the show, they collaborated with Working Draft Brewery to brew a Help Desk themed beer called “Control Alt Wheat” which will be released as well. The beer release is at 6 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.
“Being the first show at BarleyPop Live, the release of a brand new beer, and two Madison bands releasing new albums, its going to be a party you’ll kick yourself for missing,” said Dan Schmuhl of Schmoolio. “This is how pop punk should be done!”
Attendees can get both albums and the beer (while supplies last) for $10.
For more info, see the Facebook event page here.

Armchair Boogie, Craig Baumann & The Story, among those announced for Wise Fest 2019

Wise Farm Productions, the group coordinating Wise Fest, announced the lineup for Wise Fest 2019, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn.

Wise Fest is the creation of husband and wife local band Wise Jennings (Melissa and Jeff Weishaaar) who hail from northern Wisconsin but now make the town of Lyons their home.  They, along with their good friend Joe Pierce, wanted to do something special for their community that brought together good people, music, for a good cause and thus began Wise Fest 2018.

The lineup includes: Armchair Boogie, Craig Baumann & The Story, Cullah & The Comrades, Dear Karma, Kyle Young Band, Layers & Layers, Michael Castle (Pretty Beggar), Mike Stone Trio, Old Soul Society, Pat Garrett, Party Marty & The Dirtbags, Pidgin, Ronnie Nyles, The Thriftones, Wax Lips, Wise Jennings, and Woodrow.

“If you love music, all kinds of music, original music, and like great surprises, and all for a great cause, you will love Wise Fest,” said Melissa. “Wise Fest finds the diamonds in the rough, the kind of talent y’ou hear and think to yourself ‘why aren’t they a national act, or how is that I have never heard of this band.  No single genre is king at Wise Fest.  We carefully curate a lineup that touches all genres and that celebrates only nice people who are exceptionally creative.  Then, we throw a festival and hand over all proceeds to a charity of our choice.”

This year’s charity is the Walworth County Fairgrounds.

The event is possible because of partners:  Wise Farm Productions, Thrivent Financial, and Black Circle Records.

For more information, go to

Find the Facebook event page here.