Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

A Decade of Bluegrass

WHYS Radio’s annual festival celebrates 10 years of music and community

Measha Vieth, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tucked among the trees at Lake Altoona County Park on Aug. 19 there will stand two stages filled to the brim with bluegrass and roots music of all kinds. Musicians from Eau Claire such as the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Healing With Music

album of local talent will combat substance abuse

Max Martinson

Jennifer Coyne is a licensed therapist and local musician who has used the power of music in her efforts to combat substance abuse in the Chippewa Valley. During years working as a therapist ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Sweet Release

acoustic duo Olive Sings finds joy in music

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In the sleepy hours of day, Seth and Kayla’s words tugged at my heart. As the lyrics of “Sweet Release” continued, I felt my heart ache and dance all at once. I know – without a doubt – that Kayla Zoltak and Seth Gamble of Chippewa Falls ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Just Call It Art-cadia

Ashley for the Arts transforms town with music, more

Kendra Lamer

Ashley for the Arts, one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events – last year it drew more than 30,000 people – will take place Aug. 10-12 at Memorial Park in Arcadia. The three-day festival is packed with music ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Take the Keys

Kurt Fischer takes his piano on a sonic journey

Max Martinson

Kurt Fischer’s first album, Soundscapes, is the result of a 40-year relationship with the piano. Recorded entirely in Kurt’s home studio, the instrumental album features solo piano, synthesizers ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Big Business' Big Summer

rap collective pops off a bunch of songs and a new artist showcase

Eric Christenson

It’s already been a big summer for local rapper Raymond Clayton a.k.a. Mistah, and he’s not slowing down one bit. In May, he dropped a powerful 7-track solo album called ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Belting It Out

hard-touring hardcore band Conveyor releases new disc at home

Hillary Bell

After traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada multiple times, hardcore punk band Conveyer is making its way back to its roots in good old Eau Claire for the release of a new album, No Future ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Pushing Through the Ceiling

sister trio LASKA grows and evolves on new album

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Something in their song, Creatures, pulled that memory out of the darkness. Try as I might, I couldn’t put it to sleep again. In the course of four and a half minutes I felt things that I forced myself to lock away ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Grand Prex

Prex Claires lineup of local music is pretty crazy

Eric Christenson

This year, in the shadow of Eaux Claires comes a collaborative effort between Downtown Eau Claire Inc. and Blugold Radio 99.9FM which hopes to shine a collective light on all of the pre-fest events happening on June 15, the night before the big fest, when you can catch local music at different ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Their Very Own Fest

with the help of some musician friends, an Eau Claire couple throws a sonic shindig in their own backyard

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley is abuzz with music festivals this time of year. You’ve got relative newcomers like Eaux Claires and Blue Ox as well as older standbys such as Country Jam and the two Fests (Rock and Country, respectively).

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Artistic Evolution

Eaux Claires Troix’s art program is focused on interaction

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

In the last two iterations of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, the bands were good. OK, they were great. But what truly made the whole shebang unique and magical was the artists ...

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Mother's Day Music

Bo Weber pens album Wendy for his late mother

Nikki Lanzer

This Mother’s Day, Minneapolis musician Bo Weber will skip out on the flowers and chocolate to give his mom something a little more personal – a self-produced album written in her memory ...

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Short 'N Sweet

Pat Keen’s new collection packs a ton of punch in about 20 minutes

Eric Christenson, photos by Jesse Johnson

Pat Keen was looking to shoot some press photos to accompany his brand new debut LP, Albatross. The cover of his 2015 record Leaving showed him emerging from a hot tub with an uncomfortable grimace on his face. He wanted to keep the “wet” theme consistent ...

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