Issue #312 July 27, 2016

A Rail of a Tale

Swampers kick of Pure Water Days with musical revue

by Tom Giffey

Last year, Chippewa Falls’ favorite – and possibly only – “swampgrass” band presented an original show dedicated to the mighty, Valley-carving Chippewa River. This year, the Swampers will use their instrumental (including violin, banjo, guitar, and even kazoo) and vocal (they promise “4 ½-part harmony”) talents to explore another historic means of transportation ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Ain't Worried 'Bout It

rap crew Big Business make a grand statement on new 19-track album

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The name Big Business isn’t as capitalistic as it seems, but the sounds and effort pouring out of the Chippewa Valley-based hip hop crew is anything but small. The dedicated group of rappers ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Frankly in Love with Music

conductor brings passion to new chamber orchestra gig

by Barbara Arnold

Frank A. Watkins, the new music director and conductor of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, is a man who lives music 24/7, whether raising his baton with a choir or orchestra in tuxedo and tails or conducting in the air with his earbuds ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

The World's Flautists Unite

annual convention brings flute pioneers together in song

by Sammy Gibbons

The fluttery notes of flutes from around the world will waft over Eau Claire on July 27-31 when UW-Eau Claire hosts the 2016 World Flute Society Convention. The afternoons and evenings of these days will fill the Haas Fine Arts Center with ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Teen Dreams

Fall Creek grad lays down positive pop / hip hop EP

by Sammy Gibbons

Fall Creek born-and-raised Brayton Meyer drops unique hip-hop and pop beats on his new solo EP, Real Life. Meyer sends positive vibes through his lyrics on the five-track effort ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Radio Waves & Local Faves

Blugold Radio gives indie rock a voice in the Valley

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In the middle of a cornfield near the intersection of county highways 64 and 40 just north of Bloomer sits a small hut. Inside, there are air conditioners, transmitter boxes, and a whole bunch of radio wizardry this writer couldn’t even begin to explain ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

A Whole New Hollow

Pine Hollow Studio's Evan Middlesworth talks shop

by Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Pine Hollow Audio, a recording studio in the outskirts of Eau Claire, has been one of the local music scene’s most valuable players in recent years. So many of the Chippewa Valley’s ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

Holy Tones

vibe with The Nunnery's soothing, echoey vocal loops

by Sammy Gibbons

The illustrious Eau Claire sound continues to resonate as new local artists and venues are popping up frequently. One of the latest blossoming acts is The Nunnery ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Son of a Printer Man

emotional experience informs Kalispell’s new album Printer’s Son

by Thom Fountain

Printer’s Son opens with a rising tide. Strings and woodwinds slowly build on each other, culminating first in a loose soundscape, then a subtle melody ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Keep Your Defenses Up

new group Stare Across comes with major heaviness

by Andrew Patrie

The bar is milling with people out on a warm, mid-May Tuesday night, so we (bassist Jackson McMahon, guitarist Rich Till, and drummer Joseph Gunderson) follow Tony Stamm (vocals) ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

2016 Summer Music Schedule

all the wheres and whens for summer music in the Chippewa Valley

by James Johonnott, photos by Mike O'Brien

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One’s Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

One Night Only

a couple of summer one-off shows to which we're really looking forward

by Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Swedish-born indie folk artist The Tallest Man On Earth will play The State Theatre in Eau Claire on July 16. Kristian Mattson’s once-sparse solo folk project has now bloomed into a full band experience ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

2016 Concert Series

here in the Valley, we like our tunes outside

by Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Life in the north isn’t for the faint of heart. We endure lengthy winters, and our summer skies are short-lived. Our northern lifestyle looks like toughness, but it’s not just being tough. We believe hard work leads to good times ...

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