Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Emcee vs. Emcee

No Coast rap battle returns to backroom at The Plus

by Natalie Rosenkranz

Guess who’s back? Back again? Mr. Pizzy and Romes are bringing No Coast Raps back to The Plus! (Tell a friend.) On Sept. 23 in the Plus backroom on Graham Avenue (a.k.a. The Venue), No Coast Raps is holding ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Faux Fab Four

1964 The Tribute bringing Beatles to life at the State

by Tom Giffey

Short of inventing a time machine, I’m resigned to the sad fact that I’m never going to see the Beatles live in concert. My last chance was when they climbed onto to the roof of the Apple Corps building ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Hushed, Worldly Sounds

Yohuna embraces her new life with a stunning LP

by Eric Christenson

As she blossomed outside of the Chippewa Valley, traveled the world, met knew friends, tried new things, and started writing new songs, Johanne Swanson invented a mantra for herself: “Patientness.” ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Barely Alive, Kicking Hard

Arms Aloft’s new album a pessimistic tribute to how ugly the world can be

by Eric Christenson

Up until this point, it was commonplace to find local punk band Arms Aloft, playing loud, sweaty, charged-up songs to sweaty kids in a basement. It’s what they know. This is a band that has sweat it out touring ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Where FM Means Fine Music

a look inside humble, independent Chippewa Falls radio station WCFW, its eclectic programming, and the spirit behind it all

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I’ll never forget the moment I first stumbled upon the oddball frequency – I had just moved to Eau Claire and was in my car scanning through local stations when I landed on a Rosemary Clooney ballad ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Not So Secret Show

cozy show planned for Michael Perry and The Long Beds

by Sammy Gibbons

The nights of September, evenings of rich late-summer, early-fall weather, are meant to be spent listening to the crooning of local artists. Pine Hollow Studios offers cozy, intimate musical experiences perfect for these times, at shows for audiences ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Harmonious Legacy

after 25 years with UWEC music program, Schwartzhoff says goodbye

by Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thirteen international tours. Some 30 juried performances. Hundreds of concerts. Thousands of faces. That barely scratches the surface of Gary Schwartzhoff’s time as a professor of music ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Learning to Strum Along

fundraising efforts to bring more ukuleles to Flynn Elementary music class

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Liz Soules, music teacher for Flynn Elementary School, starts her two fourth-grade music classes with 25 to 26 students in each room, there’s a lot of moving around. But not for rhythmic reasons ...

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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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