Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Nothing Really Mattress

a new Distant Friends album for dark times

Andrew Patrie, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s not every band who can claim a “cease and desist” order from Lucasfilm as part of its history, but Eau Claire’s power-pop / “no coast” surf punks Distant Friends can. In 2016, the group, then known ...

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Issue #346 Nov. 29, 2017

Orchid Eaton

Eric Christenson

You’re gonna want to keep tabs on Orchid Eaton, a new project from Eau Claire born-and-bred native Matthew Leavitt, formerly of EMOT. It’s a stark basement pop project that features another local native ...

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Issue #346 Nov. 29, 2017

Miles Ahead

EC rapper wants his mixtape to mean something

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

So where to begin? / It’s something within / Something of panic and trouble / I’m manic and double a mannequin’s struggle to grin. These lines are those of Phil Faucett, 22, also known as rap artist Miles Blvd ...

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Issue #345 Nov. 15, 2017

Feminine Melodies

Menomonie Singers to feature compositions by women

Emily Kinzel

“Woman up” with powerful pieces by female composers presented by the Menomonie Singers on Nov. 19 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Enjoy the music ...

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Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Loud Whispers

The Jaggernauts are back with a fierce new record

Measha Vieth, photos by Luong Huynh

They lure you in with short and sweet, grungy alt rock songs. Lyrics reflecting experiences at bars and concerts. Local favorite The Jaggernauts are here to party! It’s been a few years since their last album ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

Letting Their Lights Shine

choir for Chippewa Valley seniors dealing with dementia lifts spirits, makes memories

Tom Giffey

The heads of the performers, gray and not-so-gray, bob in anticipation above their music-filled spiral notebooks as they prepare to sing. This selection for the Stand in the Light Choir is an arrangement ...

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Issue #342 Oct. 4, 2017

Master Singers Celebrate Silver

2017-18 season marks 25th anniversary of the renowned local choral group

Emily Kinzel

Many musical happenings take place in our lovely Eau Claire, however this year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Master Singers. Happy 25 years guys! Director and Conductor Gary Schwartzhoff ...

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