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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
 Concerts on the Square 2012 kicks off with shaky sound, strong selections

With no much-wanted rain to threaten, and with excessive heat no deterrent, the first of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square for 2012 came off before a large public. A few inevitable exceptions aside, the audience was pretty well-behaved, in the area where I sat. I was, however, again concerned about the sound system. >More
 Concert at Farley's celebrates a restored, historic Wisconsin piano

In 1877, the family of the state's first millionaire, Hercules Dousman, brought a magnificent Steinway & Sons Centennial grand piano to their elegant Villa Louis estate in Prairie du Chien. The instrument will soon be heard for the first time since the 1980s. Today the mansion is a museum operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. As for the piano, "it was really played to death, just worn out," says Tim Farley, owner of Farley's House of Pianos in Madison. >More
 Billy Bragg will dedicate his Barrymore set to the Wisconsin protesters

The American left needs Billy Bragg more than ever. Many of the London songwriter-guitarist's songs, including "There Is Power in a Union," lend themselves to use as rousing anthems. But he has a way of avoiding the traps liberal public figures so often hit. >More
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