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Madison Savoyards stage a treat of a Pirates of Penzance

Now embarked upon their 50th annual summer season, Madison Savoyards have again demonstrated their capacity for enduring self-renewal and for artistic vitality. This year's production, which opened Friday in UW Music Hall, offers the sure-fire Gilbert-and-Sullivan hit, The Pirates of Penzance >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street with Cloud Cult, MS MR and Nick Nice (slideshow)

Cloud Cult, MS MR and DJ Nick Nice filled the east end of Madison's Capitol Square with music Friday night. Here's what it looked like. >More
 Photos and tweets from Live on King Street with Cloud Cult, MS MR

Hundreds gathered on King Street on a picturesque Madison summer evening Friday to take in the sounds of Cloud Cult and MS MR. Thankfully, many of them also chronicled the event on social media. >More
 Charlie Brooks finds life after Funky Mondays

Charlie Brooks says his Fourth of July nearly ended in a coma after he passed out following an outdoor performance in Mount Horeb. Doctors who know Brooks, 62, is fighting liver cancer helped him pull through and released him the next morning. "Got home, took a nap," Brooks says, almost flippantly. >More
 Cloud Cult taps into gut emotions

Craig Minowa is jogging his teething baby girl down a country road near Viroqua when he takes my call about his band Cloud Cult and their show on Friday, July 20. "Sorry I'm kind of out of breath," he says, the beat in the background of his feet hitting gravel. "She just likes the movement of watching the leaves flying overhead." >More
 Fun with Big K.R.I.T.'s guest verses

It's only right that Big K.R.I.T. spreads out so much as an MC and producer on his new album Live From The Underground, despite a skit in which someone tells him, "You're in the mainstream! This is A&R-ville!" During his short and busy time in the public ear, the Mississippi native's self-produced tracks and guest spots have revealed a tough but friendly style that can't be neatly pegged as Southern, underground or mainstream. >More
 Volunteer Musicians Brigade unites performers and seniors

Jentri Colello spends a lot of time pondering time. As a professional gardener, she watches plants reach toward the sun all summer, then retreat as frost approaches in the fall. When singing with her band, Land of Vandals, she watches clock hands creep toward 2 a.m. at local bars. She yearns to visit the past in her imagination, but she often can't picture it -- not without hearing good stories. >More
 Billy Bragg joins Solidarity Sing Along on Wisconsin Capitol Square (updated with video)

The English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg joined the Solidarity Sing Along, the daily musical protest at the Wisconsin Capitol, for some pro-labor, anti-Scott Walker tunes, including "There is Power in a Union," a song he wrote. >More
 Greg Ginter's Guitar Shop of Wisconsin faces rough recovery after fire

Greg Ginter stood in his Guitar Shop of Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon lamenting a Pizza Pal Electric Oven. Ginter's inventory of about 500 guitars and 300 amplifiers was largely unscathed in a fire that broke out last Thursday afternoon at the store, at 2215 Atwood Avenue. But he said he'd never be able to replace the frozen-pizza contraption -- which he says he acquired from a Hazel Green, Wisconsin, bar in 1977 -- and he now has to temporarily move his business while he repairs the space. >More
 Loud planet: Madisonians report back from musical trips abroad

With all due respect for that quick summer jaunt your band has planned to the East Coast and back, a few involved in Madison music have the jump on you. I checked in recently with an eclectic handful of Madisonians after, or in the midst of, their international musical travels. >More
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