Electronic producer North House (aka Alex Tronson) just released a brand new pop single “Dirt Nap” with a promise of a forthcoming EP. The song chirps with a pitched Lana Del Rey sample and throbs with sunny synths unearthed by intricate drum programming. The EC-via-Minneapolis beatmaker has not only his own EP on the way in the coming weeks, but a four-day statewide tour DJing and performing with Eau Claire rapper Sayth in mid-March dubbed “The Get Lit Quick Tour.” Smart logic says the EP – Tronson’s proper debut – will drop sometime before or around the tour.
An array of different people and faces mouth the words to JE Sunde’s “I’m Gonna Disappoint You” in the folk singer’s new video for the single off of 2014’s Shapes The Kiss The Lips Of God. The video for the single was directed by Josh Ford. You can catch JE Sunde pioneering the first-ever Music At The Minema night at the Flyway Minema in Pepin on March 7. Sunde will be joined by Minneapolis violinist LOTT (Leah Ottman), who currently performs with former locals, We Are The Willows.
S. Carey’s Supermoon EP is available now via Jagjaguwar records. During the astronomical (and social media) phenomenon known as a Supermoon in August, S. Carey sat down to harness the moon’s power and record an EP. The result was stripped-down re-workings of two of Carey’s songs from his 2014 album Range Of Light, one brand new tune, and a Radiohead cover. Carey is currently living-room-touring the West Coast.
A new collective of bands including the Mike Rambo Project, Honeytree, and 513FREE is putting together a collaborative concept album centered around the idea of “toxic charity,” or put simply: When helping hurts. Details are scarce on the fundraising album from the yet-to-be-named collective, but it is scheduled to release this fall.
Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire will soon be able to operate its volleyball leagues year-round. On Monday, its owners got permission from the city Plan Commission to build an inflatable 35-foot-tall dome to shield the outdoor volleyball courts from the Wisconsin weather. The 18,000-square-foot dome would encompass two existing outdoor sand volleyball courts west of the bowling center as well as a yet-to-be-built third court. But the dome would also cover part of the adjacent parking lot, which could impact your life even if you never set your foot upon the volleyball sand. You see, the dome would block a popular traffic shortcut through Wagner’s parking lot. The shortcut, which connects Brackett Avenue on the north (between Papa Murphy’s and Kwik Trip) to Fairfax Street on the south, is used by so many cars that it’s easy to forget that it’s a route through a private parking lot, not a public thoroughfare. According to the Leader-Telegram, the city’s Community Development Department has determined that nearby streets should be able to handle the extra traffic if the shortcut is domed-off. Owner David Berg told the L-T that the dome will help Wagner’s accommodate booming volleyball leagues, which have expanded from 10 to 78 teams in just two years. Berg’s decision to go ahead with the project was contingent on Plan Commission approval, so now the dome could be coming in the near future.
Winter is about to wind down, so the days are numbered for all you avid – and wannabe – snowshoers out there. Best get to it …
S1 County Highway K, Fall Creek • You can spend an entire afternoon in the quiet beauty of the hundreds of acres of woods here. Beaver Creek Reserve has a number of wooded, groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Rental equipment is available, as are periodic guided snowshoe hikes and snowshoe-making classes.
740th Avenue, Menomonie • With 707 acres of preserved and restored wooded hills, wetlands, and prairie, Hoffman HIlls is a great place to hike. During the snowy season there are nine miles of groomed ski trails (which snowshoers should avoid) and several miles of snowshoe trails (which snowshoers should tackle). Stride through the snow while feasting your eyes on spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
5238 S. Lowes Creek Rd., Eau Claire • Just minutes south of Eau Claire, experience 250 acres of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and pet-walking bliss. Trails for snowshoers and skiers are adjacent but separate, and they have many loops and shortcuts, offering a wide variety of routes. Trails twist up and down hills, through creek bottoms and white pine forests, and range from easy to difficult, so a trail map is a good idea. Vehicle passes required.
955 S. 82nd Ave., Eau Claire • Tower Ridge is a great place to enjoy the snow and work out, offering snowshoe trails next to (but separated from) the lighted cross-country ski trails – creating the tantalizing possibility of a romantic night outing amid the glowing snow. There are hilly and flat trails for all ability levels, as well as a chalet. Winter vehicle entry passes are required.
Sandberg Road off Hwy. 37, Eau Claire • This little-known Eau Claire County park has been called a “hidden gem.” You’ll find it about seven miles southwest of Eau Claire in the town of Brunswick. The 123 acres are open for snowshoeing, hiking, and wildlife watching, although there are no groomed trails.
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