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Ugly Muggin’

We scoured Valley thrift and antique stores for the cheesiest and weirdest coffee mugs around.

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The Embellishment Reunites for One-Off Show

If Pavement can do it, what the hay! Eau Claire band The Embellishment may have disbanded nearly 15 years ago, but that’s not stopping them from assembling a one-time reunion show at the House of Rock (422 Water St.) Saturday, Nov. 22 ...

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Fur, Metal, and Glass

Like a snarling werewolf leaping from the bursting windshield of a crashing hot rod, The Jaggernauts are back with album number two. It’s called Safe, and whad’ya know – it’s their 10th year together, too. Noel and the ’nauts are in their ...

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Lyrical Locale

“We’re at the Grand Illusion/Exile on Water Street ...” starts the second verse of “Fiasco A Go-Go.” Bandleader Jim Pullman sings the line over clanging guitars and drummer Joey Gunderson and bassist Eric Thompson’s tempered beats ...

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Reckless Fools

In a sleepy neighborhood on the north side of Eau Claire comes the sound of buzzing guitars, high-hat hisses and a boy’s wail from a blue rambler’s closed garage door. Three cages of rabbits sit outside on the driveway; perhaps the garage is ...

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DECI Grant Encourages Downtown Building Makeovers

Attention downtown businesses: If you’re considering rehabilitating an existing building or hope to pursue another brick-and-mortar project, DECI may be able to hook you up with some cash. They recently announced a new program that will ...

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Bike & Pedestrian Plan Wins Major Planning Award

Eau Claire’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has received recognition from a regional planning group. The American Planning Association - Wisconsin Chapter Northwest District, which includes planners across 26 counties, honored the blueprint in ...

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Get a Room

Looking forward to releasing their first full-length album next month, don’t mistake The Blue Room for new blood in town. Featuring Joe Samolinski, Tommy Tainter, Adam Thoms, and the brothers Vang, Alex, and Anthony, The Blue Room is a ...

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Bon Iver superfan attends Eau Claire shows ... from Japan

Shuhei Fujita is an eminent Bon Iver Superfan. He traveled all the way from the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan for Bon Iver’s two homecoming shows at Zorn Arena. n Tuesday night, when Shuhei came in to The Local Store and began asking about local ...

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National Novel Writing Month: The Eau Claire Chapter

To some Chippewa Valley writers, this precipitous final week of October means less about Halloween than it does about gearing up for the massive exercise in creative writing called National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short).

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International Folk Fair

Imagine yourself hungry for adventure on a slightly chilly Sunday afternoon .. maybe you’re just out of church, or just out of bed. But this day is a basketball, and you are compelled to give it a backboard-shattering slam dunk with fist pump finish.

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'Rock for the Rules' Charitable CD Released

Yesterday, City Pages featured a touching article on Twin Cities music scene imports Rob & Leah Rule, a local husband 'n wife duo who for ten years helped bring St. Paul's Turf Club to the forefront of the metro area's music venues ...

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Beacon James

The trio of lady singers that largely front the up-’n-coming folk-‘n-roll ensemble Beacon James prod, joke, and chuckle with each other on a curiously comfy couch at Racy’s Coffeehouse.

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Carnivore Rock

If The Jim Pullman Band’s last album, 2008’s The End of the Beginning, aimed a new rock ‘n roll energy following a stark lineup change, the brand-spankin’ new release Jackals and Wolves aims for Jim Pullman at his most essential and honest ...

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Mahli Thai

When Mahli Thai owner Terri Wilson first discovered the former Bridge Street Station in downtown Chippewa Falls was an empty lot for sale, inspiration and possibility burst from her curious mind. It was early 2011 and she and her husband Tom were ...

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Found Footage Festival

When UW-Eau Claire college buddies Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher served up an eclectic lineup of out-of-touch instructional videos, community television tapes, and other obscure audio-visual candy for live audiences, little did they know their video..

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Roster McCabe

Let’s get past one thing right now: This Wednesday night business. Wednesday nights do not regularly inspire thoughts like most excellent concert experience or whiskey a-go-go, but both are happening at the House of Rock on March 2.

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Electrolyte Empire

“I love my family, I love my kids, but sometimes I need to jam with my friends, sweat, and have a blast playing rock ‘n roll.” – Justin LeMay, drummer for Electrolyte Empire

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The Finesse EP

The Finesse’s rock-rooted funk ‘n’ roll mojo is hooky, well constructed and fit for weekend dancing.

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Don't Fear the Expert

When I was really young I wrote two “books.” They were each about five notebook pages long and had about a dozen staples on the left margin.

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Powerglove

Expect recognizable rock from back when Mario, Megaman, and Link were getting their start, larger-than-life costumes (although battle gear might be the better word for it), and a measure of extreme that both Dragonforce and Bowser, King of the Koopas can

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Haley Bonar

She might be Minnesota’s brightest indie folk starlet. Haley Bonar, born around Winnipeg, Canada, raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota ...

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Charles Morgan

“Just how Phil (from Future Leaders of the World) has tried to get me into the national scene, I want to do the same for local people.”

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Barrelful of Rock

Downtown Eau Claire’s Bottle & Barrel Bar (209 Graham Ave.) is now featuring live music and comedy on Friday nights

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En Garde!

On both sides of the clash, all are parrying strikes, making the killing blow, casting spells, or sailing arrows at each other smack dab in the middle of Eau Claire’s Owen Park on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon.

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Carver

“I never told a lie, not one of my rhymes. This time I’m making sure that I’m living my life.”

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Baby Steps

I pity the young ones forced to eat any meat-based baby food. Seriously, it was gross.

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