Issue #349 Jan. 10, 2018

High Time for a Ragtime Revival

jaunty genre warms up winter for a good cause

Tom Giffey

The final chord from the final Eau Claire Ragtime Festival may have reverberated four years ago, but affection for this uniquely American musical genre remains strong in the Chippewa Valley. At its center is Eau Claire’s own ...

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Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017

Elemental Evolution

UWEC a cappella group adds first female singer, drops album of ’80s classics

Emily Kinzel

Entering their 20th year, UW-Eau Claire’s very own a capella group, Fifth Element, has embraced change. With the debut of their most recent album, Neon, and the addition of the group’s first female singer ...

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Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017

Songs Unspoken

Xavly’s first album Exit mixes personal struggles with electronic tones

Measha Vieth

One day in 2015 a friendship ended. The next day, Austin Steinke found himself writing about it in the Books a Million parking lot. This day was just the beginning of Steinke’s music project, Xavly, and his first album ...

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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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