Trevor Kupfer

Trevor started contributing to Volume One in 2005 as a writer for the cinema section, doing snarky previews and the like. That is, until June 2008 when he became the Special Projects Editor, heading up all special sections, guides, and Downtown Ink. Later that year he moved up to Managing Editor, and currently heads up most everything you see in print. He previously worked for Capital Newspapers (Wisconsin Dells Events), Tribune Media Services (Cable Channel Guide), and The Spectator. If you disagree with something he wrote, or just want to say hey, e-mail him at trevor@volumeone.org.

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A Toilet Paper Tradition

Every fall, as the people of the Chippewa Valley “ooh” and “ahh” at the array of colors, I can’t help but feel a tiny void in my heart. There’s just something missing. They really need some long wisps of pastel pink, baby blue, and quilted white ...

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Cover Show

Over the course of Volume One’s 10-year history, there’s no question the organization and publication have continued to evolve. That said, the focus and core mission have remained the same: local culture. And for proof, you need look no further ...

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According to Plans

Eau Claire is currently experiencing a "planning boom," and with each new plan, the schematic of a bold and exciting city takes shape.

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New exhibit to feature Volume One cover artists

The Art of Volume One: Ten Years Covering the Chippewa Valley showcases both the publication cover and original artwork, side-by-side, illustrating an interesting contrast between in-person and in-print. The retrospective is a sampling of covers ...

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On the Move

Usually at this point you’re buckling yourself up to read about riveting local happenings and Volume One’s take on what it means to the progression of our community. If you’ve already done said buckling ...

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It's Gettin' Real

A massive collaboration between UW-Eau Claire, Commonweal Development, Market & Johnson, and Eau Claire Regional Arts Center will lead to a roughly $85 million project at the Haymarket Site along the confluence that includes a community arts ...

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Along for the Ride

With the lack of snowfall these past few winters, many outdoor hounds have had to keep their skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles in storage, praying that in nine months we’ll see powder again. But one group you won’t hear complaining is the Chippewa ...

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Playing Through

Because we live in an area originally settled by northern Europeans, the Chippewa Vallians of yore had very little contact with minority groups. What contact we did have came thanks to baseball, believe it or not. In the first half of the ...

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Diary-Style Exhibition Adorns Library Walls

To take in the new art exhibition at LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, called Connect/Disconnect, is to have a glimpse into a fractured diary. Each piece has the consistent outline of two opened pages, but each is distinct in its content and ...

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Chippewa River water monster! [UPDATED AGAIN]

The mystery of the Anonymous Chippewa River Sculptor grew even more perplexing recently, as thatcarved yellow rabbit-face thing vanished (washed away?) and was replaced by a water serpent. Resembling the infamous Loch Ness Monster of Scotland ...

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Downtown Durand to get Artisan Bakery

An artisan bakery is coming to downtown Durand, and will be headed by two bakers from the former Creamery in Downsville. River Valley Bakery (as it’s intended to be called) is slated to open in late May at 216 W Main St, producing bread, rolls, ...

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Stout Students Recreate Menomonie Drive-In

Starting April 20, Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie will host a new exhibit about the city’s former drive-in movie theater. Created by Stout design and construction students from testimonials and a Google maps image, the exhibit ...

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Ronald Raygun unleashes single for Record Store Day

Just when you thought Bon Iver’s Flaming Lips collaboration was the only local music nugget to look forward to on Record Store Day (this Saturday, April 21), The Ronald Raygun swoops in and drops news of a 7” single release. The awesomely named ...

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Out of the Woodwork: Oliver Snare Drums

Eric Lee is a long-time drummer (Franklin Airmen, I Torrent, Oliver Humanzee, and Bon Iver’s drum tech last summer), but before he landed back in Eau Claire he was moving around so frequently that he decided to ditch his drum set. When his living ...

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Phoenix Gardens to Get Swanky Pavilion this Summer

This summer the Phoenix Community Gardens and North River Fronts Neighborhood will get a multi-faceted structure that seeks to be a community gathering space, place to store gardening tools and process crops, and collect rain water to irrigate ...

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Swanky new Mega Foods trying something new

In recent years, the local grocery superstore triad of Festival, Mega, and Gordy’s have been building up their brands and vying for the official stronghold on where Chippewa Vallians buy their food. The exhibition of one-up-manship recently ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 9)

Another trio of local musicians – Jeff Walk, Addie Strei, and Greg Hirsch – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. An interesting window into the souls and iPods of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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A Duo of Tributes

There’s a vast difference between “cover bands” and “tribute bands.” If you know a handful of other musicians’ songs, you can be a cover band. That’s why there’s so many, and the talent gamut is a vast one. To be a tribute band, however ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 8)

Another trio of local musicians – Josh Ingersoll, Peter Diedrick, and Eric Bertrand – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. An interesting window into the souls and iPods of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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Orders from the Top

It’s easy to ask friends and acquaintances about their favorite foodstuffs and eateries, but what about the owners themselves? What do they like to order off their own menu? And where do they like to go on the rare occasions that they eat elsewhere?

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Talkin’ Taverns

The Joynt on Water St. is a mildly hidden gem between the piles of birthday mugs and Journey standards of Brothers and the bold yellow awning of New York Pizza and Deli. But, that said, locals know it well for the sheer character it exudes. The ...

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Decadent Cabaret Returns

A 30+ year tradition of costumes, cover tunes, and all-out madness needs little more than a whispered mention of “Decadent” in mixed company to get a bunch of locals riled up. If you’re new to this annual event, it’s a three-day stint in which ...

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Local Pre-Teens Create Their Own Stage Musical

We have new playwrights in our midst. Only this time they’re not from Community Arts or are local English teachers trying their hand at something new – they’re fifth graders. That’s right, Altoona fifth graders Anna Haigh and Linnea McClintock ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 7)

Another trio of local musicians – Jeff White, Faith Ulwelling, and Jason Sunde – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. An interesting window into the souls and iPods of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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Connecting Galloway to Phoenix Park

By the time you read this, Eau Claire’s Redevelopment Authority will have met with leaders at Royal Credit Union to discuss the next major opportunity for Phoenix Park. RCU’s cooperation could mean the extension of Galloway Street by two blocks ...

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The Album that Changed You

People, mostly audiophile friends of mine, talk about the first album that blew them away with such passion and detail. They talk about precisely what was going on when they first heard it, how it physically moved them (goosebumps), and seemed to ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 6)

Another trio of local musicians – Joey G, Jamie Hansen, and Nick Arnold – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. An interesting window into the souls and iPods of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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Chicken Eliminated

Ever since the Hastings Way construction got underway last year, Eau Clairians have been abuzz* about Chicken Unlimited – the red-and-white beacon of fried poultry that has staked its claim at 1410 S Hastings Way for a half-century until ...

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The Perennials

In my experience, an indicator of a good band is if they’re hard to describe. In many cases it’s because they bring together so many influences that on their own are all fine and great, but together create something wholly new and ...

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Pizza, Plus a New Owner

New Year’s marked the end of an era for 208 S Barstow St., and at the beginning of February a new one will already begin. The Kitzberger family that ran Bottle & Barrel (established 1957) and Pizza Plus (established 1984) closed their doors for ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 5)

Yet another three local musicians – Shane Leonard, Joe Larkin, and Brian Bethke – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. An interesting window into the souls and Walkmans of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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Chicken Eliminated

Ever since the Hastings Way construction got underway last year, Eau Clairians have been abuzz* about Chicken Unlimited – the red-and-white beacon of fried poultry that has staked its claim at 1410 S. Hastings Way for a half-century until they ...

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Local Musicians Pick Six (Part 4)

Three more local musicians – Ben Hinz, Eric Rykal, and Thom Fountain – pick six songs, albums, and/or artists that have shaped them in some way. It's an interesting window into the souls and Walkmans of Chippewa Valley music makers ...

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Our favorite press kit from 2011

Warning: Grandma will not like this band. Most of the press kits we get are from non-local bands, usually just a simple CD and press release. Not so with this band. Last time they sent us a poster with a guy in a lion mask vomiting a rainbow, plus...

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Short Drive Shows (now-March 31)

Check out this list of big upcoming entertainment options just outside our area. These totally drive-to-able events maybe just thing to scratch your mini-road trip itch. Or, if you just need to get out of town for the day you might as well have ...

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New local video from Blinded

Long-time local hip-hopper Blinded (aka Chapin Turner) has just released a music video for his track Remember When. The barrage of wipe edits and picture-in-picture-resembling shots unfolds like a video collage of Eau Claire. As shot and directed...

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Get ‘Em Hooked On WInter

If you have kids (or plan to in the future), get them outside and having fun in winter. Because according to loads of officials* around the country, they’re more likely to grow up an environmental steward with physical and emotional well-being ...

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Retro Distortion

If you’re ever in the market to revisit your childhood or find that one last random item on a gift shopping list, Retro Distortion is probably the place. With its brightly colored walls and eclectic collection of merchandise...

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He Managed: Q&A with Mike Huggins

After growing up in Independence, Kansas, then graduating from Kansas University, and getting his start working for cities in Kansas, Mike Huggins was poised to quite possibly spend ...

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Anonymous Art

For the past month or so, a few of the minds at Volume One have been boggled by what appeared to be a distant wooden sculpture on the Chippewa River. As seen from downtown’s Madison Street, one could faintly see a weird bird-looking structure...

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Interview: Justin Vernon

“I just want to be able to start being more of a part of my community, because for the last four years I haven’t have time, and the 26 years before that I was just trying to become a musician and make...”

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Getting Vocal

“It’s acting. That’s what it’s considered. You’re playing a character. I don’t mean a mom or an office worker, but more of an image or idea.” – Eau Claire-based voice talent Tess Morgan

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Make Yourself a Merry Little Truffle

Before we get started, you should know that tempering chocolate is the difficult part of this process. When I teach this truffle lesson in Chocolate 101 at our downtown location (18 S Barstow St.), we spend a good chunk of time going into the ...

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Chippewa River mystery sculpture revealed! Sort of.

For the past month or so, a few of us at Volume One have been boggled by what appeared to be a wooden sculpture nestled on the shoreline of the Chippewa River. As seen from downtown’s Madison Street bridge (as you drive/walk towards Family Video)...

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Skating Through Your Holidays

Have you ever noticed that every musical, movie, or TV show with a kidsy angle is made that much more awesome by adding the phrase “on ice?” Think about it. Disney On Ice: genius. Sesame Street On Ice: brilliant.

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Adventures in Veggies

With the national childhood obesity problem and the rise of sustainable local eating, parents are increasingly concerned with staying ahead of the curve on their child’s nutrition. But with kids’ natural hatred for vegetables, what is a parent to do?

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The Greenery Scene

In the summer of 2003, an Eau Claire hardcore band formed under the namesake “Sky Tree and the Greenery Scene.” In the years that followed, the band became divided on the name conjured up by guitarist Brad Johnson, so they changed it to In Reverence.

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Downtown Vision Quest

“You look around at all the banners, and they’re great, but every downtown has those. Everyone is ‘live, work, play, shop.’ We need to find our niche.”

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FEATURE: Dodging the Down Economy

We looked into some recent economic statistics about the Eau Claire Metropolitan Area, and to our untrained eyes, it appears as though there’s evidence we’re on the economic rise (and frankly, that things were never all that bad here to begin with).

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Racy's to Host Cycling Snapshots

A one-day art exhibition at Racy’s (on Eau Claire’s Water Street) will celebrate the ever-rising cycling scene in the city. Organized by bike enthusiast and former Local Independence anchor David Smuhl ...

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“Where the deer at?”

Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...

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Saturday: Found vs. Found

This show promises hilarious videos, written notes, and a two-on-two battle of epic proportions between Found Footage Festival and Found Magazine, so it’s safe to say fans of comedy (and cool stuff in general) won’t want to miss it.

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Designing Downtown

With the Eau Claire City Council’s recent approval of the preferred alternative for the Downtown Riverfront District the biggest question marks in the design phase now surround the area of LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, U.S. Bank and City Hall.

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Ramping Up the Terror

You’d think a debut event that attracted more than 10,000 people would make the organizers celebrate. But by the time the Village of Terror was over last year, organizers were too busy to celebrate, they were already starting to plan for next year.

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It’s A-MAZE-ing

“They’ll be presented with a scenario that they’ll be able to ‘act’ through. They’ll still be led through a haunted maze, but things will come up that play into the plot and setting.” – Ryan Peterson, MTG’s maze director

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Locally Rooted Company Takes to the Airwaves

Remember a little over a year ago when we told you about BandwithRadio, a global indie music company started right here in Eau Claire? The web-based service essentially provides a place for underground/unsigned acts to get their music out there...

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Party in the Back

For me, tailgating isn’t “half the fun of going” (as some might say), but “somewhere between 90 and 99 percent of the fun of going.”

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Coriolis Effect

The energy put off by the musical output of the new jazz group Coriolis Effect is palpable. They just formed in July, and already are releasing a five-song EP in which, over 40 minutes, the sounds of jazz standards meet modern harmonies...

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Domesticity

“I’m going to have to have written reminders all over the living room telling me not to do anything stupid.” – Art grad Kerri Kiernan, whose home will have a camera in it throughout October so you can see an art installation from the Foster Gallery

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Peter Cries Again

If you buy the dozen or so reviews of Peter Wolf Crier’s sophomore album, then the duo has streamlined their sound to be more produced and thoughtful. And that’s what you get when you spend more than one day on material.

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Lazy Monk Releases Oktoberfest Brew

Since the local brews of Lucette and Lazy Monk debuted in the past year, local drinkers have responded and the production has gone like gangbusters. Well now we can rejoice in yet another brew, as Lazy Monk unveils its Oktoberfest.

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Point vs. Leinie's

Leinie’s Original is always a solid choice among run-of-the-mill beers when you’re looking to drink something for long periods (bringing a case to a party, for instance). But you’ll find light beer drinkers opting away from it if it’s in...

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Monday: Solberg Comes Back

When some hear “Eau Claire blues legend,” they’ll think of Howard Luedtke. But those truly in the know will also think of James Solberg. The Thorpe native is Grammy nominated, won the ...

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Sculpture Tour Winner Announced

With the advent of Sculpture Tour, not only does it bring 25+ sculptures to downtown Eau Claire every year, but the public’s favorites will actually stay in the city permanently ...

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Watch Your Ash

We have 28,815 publicly managed trees in the city, and 32 percent of them are ash. That’s 9,000 trees (on top of an estimated 30,000 more on private property). So we stand to lose nearly 40,000 trees in Eau Claire alone.

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On Deck for Phoenix Park

“We’re not so much targeting an age group as a mindset, which is the urban renewal.” – Commonweal Development’s Scott Schaefer, on the new phase of Phoenix Park

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Short Drive Shows (Now-Oct. 31)

Lotsa locals! Check out this list of big upcoming entertainment options just outside our area. These totally drive-to-able events maybe just thing to scratch your mini-road trip itch. Or, if you just need to get out of town for the day ...

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Say 'Yes' to UWEC Players new show

One of the craziest stage plays ever written is getting a suitable treatment from the university's quirky renegade troupe. The UWEC Players, whose quirkiness and renegade-ness have ...

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FEATURE: Back to the Front

For decades, the public interest in community involvement, neighborhood building, and placemaking the nation over was in decline. Quite simply, our sense of community was dying. So a bunch of experts got together and decided to ...

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Billboard puts Amble Down founder on "30 Under 30" list

Billboard places Amble Down Records founder Kyle Frenette on its annual power players list, "30 Under 30." A Chippewa Falls native, Kyle decided as a mere teenager to start a record label out of his bedroom. The purpose: to shed light on ...

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New downtown Eau Claire redesign plans look great

Several people (us included) came out of last night’s public meeting for the Downtown Riverfront Redesign plan feeling optimistic. And though there are definitely concerns from a variety of residents and business owners, the overall picture ...

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FEATURE: Tube Town

The Chippewa Valley has a massive inner-tube floating scene, and this guide breaks down the local origin of the activity, what the big annual events are all about, the economic impact of it, plus what you need, where to go, and how to do it right.

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Time To Wail

Sandwiched between a heating a cooling shop and some storage units in Altoona is Wail House. You might not think much of it as you drive past, but within lies a music haven space that houses Dwarfcraft Devices’ pedal workshop

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When Drivers Can't Steer Traffic

While the discussions on what’s best for the streets of downtown Eau Claire rage forward, an article just released by The New York Times begs – nay, practically demands – us to stop and ask if we’re going the right direction.

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Funds for the 'Hood

There’s no need to tell you about the state of the economy, budget cuts, and the state’s political hullabaloo. Suffice it to say, it’s easy for these big-picture things to add up (or maybe “pile on” is more suitable) and make individuals feel small.

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Committee decides, "We need a place for humungoid events!"

A Clear Vision Eau Claire sub-committee has come forth to report survey findings claiming people of our dear city want bigger events and a place to hold them that isn't Minneapolis or La Crosse. In short, "We need to build something. Something big."

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Give 'Em a (Jazz) Hand!

If replication is the greatest compliment that can be paid to an artist, then what do you call being asked to record a legend’s unreleased material? That’s exactly what has went down for UWEC’s Jazz ...

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The Music was 'Calling'

Sitting in Phoenix Park after Al Julson and Larry Past just finished a set, I reluctantly admit to the duo that I have no idea how to describe them. “It’s hard to pinpoint your sound. I can hear a twinge of 90s pop rock in there, some 70s singer-song

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Bird's Eye View

Having a pet in the lobby of a business is a fairly popular thing in the Chippewa Valley. These domesticated patrons serve as unofficial mascots who greet visitors (especially kids), and – let’s face it – who doesn’t like to greet an animal from time

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Hymn for Her

When you get a press package and see a photo like this one, it makes you curious. When you see that this duo includes a wife who plays a cigar-box guitar

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JPB music video shot at Sea Horse Inn

Everyone who has been there knows Eau Claire’s Sea Horse Inn is a time capsule. Well, this ironically embraced watering hole got a proper homage on the evening of June 16, as The Jim Pullman Band shot a music video.

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