Issue #252 April 17, 2014

A Collection of Stories

Singer and songwriter Mike Quick released his fourth album House of Dreams last December. This collaborative work showcases many local talents, such as Yata and Dixie Duffey. Being able to draw on so many different musicians allowed Quick to ...

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Jon Sunde Goes It Alone

For years, The Daredevil Christopher Wright was one of Eau Claire’s most beloved bands – both within and outside our boundaries. Though the group has all but disbanded, frontman Jon Sunde is embarking on his own, recently announcing his debut ...

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Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Dessa On the Mic

The Twin Cities’ first lady of hip-hop, Dessa – a solo artist and member of the Doomtree collective – is bringing a taste of the Midwest’s finest flow to Eau Claire on Thursday, April 17, with a performance that includes Rhymesayers special ...

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Back to the Roots

Once local singer-songwriter, turned Nashville star, Anna Johnson has a new album entitled, Here. Since moving to Nashville in 2009, Johnson has produced three professional albums. She has had the opportunity to play with artists such as ...

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Music of the Mid West

Though it’s across the border and on the other side of the Mighty Mississip’, Winona, Minn. isn’t actually that far away. And that’s good for us because every year the small college town plays host to the homegrown Mid West Music Festival ...

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Issue #250 March 20, 2014

High School Musical

For 10 years now Wisconsin high schoolers have had an outlet to get some pretty sweet attention, studio time and gear from the statewide Launchpad Battle Of The Bands. The competition pits high school bands of all varieties (rock, metal, ska ...

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Tapes Before Lions

Hounds Before Lions has been creeping up in the Eau Claire music scene, bringing its contemplative indie rock to venues around town. The group finished its first recordings late in 2013, but now they have a physical release ...

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Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Heart of the Matter

Eau Claire music veterans Jonathon Seeley, Adam Thoms and Alyssa Rieper have banded together to create a new expansive folk/country group, Heart Of The Heart. The three-piece – with the help of a handful of other EC musicians including ...

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Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Decadent Cabaret 'tis on the way!

Break out the wigs and bell bottoms, ladies and gentlemen: It’s time for Decadent Cabaret. The weekend-long festival at House Of Rock will turn 35 this year and will celebrate with 35 sets over three nights March 6-8. Oh, what’s that? You’ve ...

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Listening to the Rivers

The word “rivers” can mean a lot in Eau Claire, but another meaning is three years in the making. Rivers consists of experienced local musicians Dexter Wolfe (Sky Lion), Pat Kuehn (Adelyn Rose, Thresher Shark) and Colin Carey (Dust Of Men) ...

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Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

Music of America

Think you know the musical landscape of America? Well, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra will have you think again with its upcoming concert “American Music, Through the Years.” American music is as diverse and ever changing as our history ...

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Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

North House Preps New EP

Eau Claire electronic musician North House is a workhorse. Alex Tronson, the 20-something UW-Eau Claire student behind North House, keeps his Bandcamp page active, constantly posting new tracks, remixes, and mixtapes that show a surprisingly ...

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Sad Ewok Infiltrates House of Rock

While this might be one of the weirder stories of the year, it’s not too surprising considering who it comes from. Minneapolis experimental band Marijuana Deathsquads (headed by Eau Clairian Ryan Olson) has a new video for their song ...

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Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014
Issue #244 Dec. 19, 2013

Dwarfcraft Adds to Its Stable of Pedals

Dwarfcraft Devices has been serving up fuzz and noise to the world from right here in the Chippewa Valley for years, but a recent acquisition might branch them out even more. The Eau Claire-based guitar pedal company recently took over ...

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Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013
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Issue #241 Nov. 7, 2013
Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

New Poliça Album Features Local Ties

Poliça’s sophomore record, Shulamith, starts with a bang in the opening track “Chain My Name” – staccato synth notes ride above a heavy bed of bass and drums that create a ready-made dance track. The new album from the Minneapolis-based indie-pop ...

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Issue #239 Oct. 10, 2013

District Co. Changes Tune

The District Company is trying something new. First opening as a coffee and sandwich shop trying to appeal to entrepreneurs, it has evolved into an all-ages music and performance venue. For all of the readers who were fans of the countless flavors of soda that The District Company was known for, do not fret ...

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Issue #237 Sept. 12, 2013

Double B Plus

Double B’s songs have a certain bounce to them. The Menomonie rapper has a throwback style reminiscent to late ‘90s hip-hop, laying down narrative lyrics over live instrumental beats. These classic elements have gained Double B – or Brady Benn ...

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Issue #236 August 29, 2013

Monolyth Makes Move

The Chippewa Valley has a new face in the electronic hip-hop scene. Altoona native Markus Sherman writes and produces his own beats and harmonies under his producing name, Monolyth. Complicated rhythms incorporated with trippy harmonic lines ...

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Issue #235 August 15, 2013

Biesterveld Album Features Ensemble Cast

Over the past few months Eau Claire-based musician Jim Ulwelling has been recording This Old Town, a compilation of his folk-rock tunes from his B Squat Woody and the Bicycle Kids days back in the ’90s. The solo project, which he ...

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Issue #234 August 1, 2013

New Single Sees the Light

Local prolific singer-songwriter Brian Bethke has always done things on his own, self releasing a number of records over the his career. But with his newest release he takes that to a whole new level. The Light, a new single from Bethke will be ...

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Issue #233 July 18, 2013

Chigliak Label Releases Record Number Two

Last year after years of Eau Clairians reminiscing on days past, we finally got more Amateur Love. Well, not new Amateur Love, but at least reissued. The local indie-pop band that begat Megafaun and Laarks would’ve topped the charts ...

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Phil Cook Takes It Solo Once Again

Former local Phil Cook, who you might know from Megafaun or The Shouting Matches, has increasingly been going his own way, releasing a solo record in 2011 and playing a handful of solo shows and showcases over the last few years ...

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Issue #232 July 4, 2013

The Lads Go Live

Eau Claire’s own traditional Irish music entertainment franchise,The Shillelagh Lads, has released its first CD, “Live!” Recorded live at Houligans Steak and Seafood Pub in Eau Claire, where the Lads are its official house band, the CD instantly ...

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Issue #231 June 20, 2013

Two Strangers, One Album

Kids With Boats is a truly collaborative effort. The new Eau Claire based experimental rock group is made up of John Bowman IV and Eric C. Thompson, who met using a creative classified listing in Volume One. While they came from different ...

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Issue #230 June 6, 2013
Issue #229 May 23, 2013

Supporting the Strings

A few UW-Eau Claire music students are going to one heck of a helping hand from a new scholarship at the university. The Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship will grant a full ride to four UW-Eau Claire string players each year, as well as ...

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Issue #228 May 9, 2013
Issue #227 April 25, 2013

New Chance to Unwind

Eau Claire native Brad “DJ Unwind” LaBarbera, who is now based in Minneapolis, has had a number of successes in recent years. His downtempo, chillout-style music has been...

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Issue #226 April 11, 2013
Issue #225 Mar. 28, 2013

All That Jazz

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the Midwest happens right here in our back yard. Jazz Fest returns this year April 5-7 at locations around the Chippewa Valley. The festival includes performances and classes and brings in hundreds of...

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Issue #224 Mar. 14, 2013
Issue #223 Feb. 28, 2013

Joe Neary Seeks Some Kickstarter Cash

Joe Neary leads a trio that defines itself with simple, laid-back guitar and melodic vocals that play a large role within the music. The group consists of UW-Milwaukee graduate Joe Neary on guitar and vocals, UW-Eau Claire graduate Chris Halbauer...

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Issue #222 Feb. 14, 2013

Here Comes the Cabaret

The air seems to get a little more energetic around the end of February as bands around the Chippewa Valley start channeling their favorite musicians in preparation for Decadent Cabaret. The three-day festival – in its 34th year – showcases ...

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