Thom Fountain

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Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Grandiose Ambience

Thom Fountain

Waldemar’s debut EP aims high and delivers

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

So, What Makes a Craft Cocktail?

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Let’s cut to the chase here: We’re going to spend a lot of time here just talking about booze. But booze plays an important role in our culture. We gather in bars to watch sports and talk politics and go on first dates and celebrate our lives ...

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

From Farm to Glass

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

the freshest ingredients make the freshest cocktails

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

Son of a Printer Man

Thom Fountain

emotional experience informs Kalispell’s new album Printer’s Son

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

Eau Claire: Music City?

Thom Fountain

an international report outlines what it takes to be a music city. local musicians tell us if we make the cut

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

It's Only 90 Miles

Thom Fountain

many twin cities musicians have Eau Claire roots, but the road goes both ways

Tue. Jul. 8th, 2014

Field Reporting In

Thom Fountain

Former Eau Clairian Chris Porterfield made some waves with his first album as Field Report, picking up national press and touring the country many times over.

Tue. Jun. 24th, 2014

Filming the Farm

Thom Fountain

a chat with Inga Witscher, host of local TV series Around The Farm Table

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 24th, 2014

Field Report announces sophomore LP

Thom Fountain

Former Eau Clairian Chris Porterfield made some waves with his first album as Field Report, picking up national press and touring the country many times over. The now Milwaukee native also snagged locals Shane Leonard and Ben Lester to join ...

Wed. Apr. 30th, 2014

Living Up

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

exploring loft apartments in downtown Eau Claire

Fri. Apr. 4th, 2014

Music of the Mid West

Thom Fountain

Though it’s across the border and on the other side of the Mighty Mississip’, Winona, Minn. isn’t actually that far away. And that’s good for us because every year the small college town plays host to the homegrown Mid West Music Festival ...

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

Feasting On Tomfoolery

Thom Fountain

a Q&A with the Found Footage guys on their latest prank

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

High School Musical

Thom Fountain

For 10 years now Wisconsin high schoolers have had an outlet to get some pretty sweet attention, studio time and gear from the statewide Launchpad Battle Of The Bands. The competition pits high school bands of all varieties (rock, metal, ska ...

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

Tapes Before Lions

Thom Fountain

Hounds Before Lions has been creeping up in the Eau Claire music scene, bringing its contemplative indie rock to venues around town. The group finished its first recordings late in 2013, but now they have a physical release ...

Wed. Mar. 19th, 2014

Natural Instincts

Thom Fountain

S. Carey’s sophomore album connects with the world around us

Wed. Mar. 12th, 2014

Eight-Foot Squid Preps Newest Film, Telemarketer

Thom Fountain

Your pals over at Eight-Foot Squid have something up their sleeves. The film production company that has brought the Chippewa Valley a variety of films over the last few years (Grand Theft Matrimony, Fenris Unchained) is beginning work ...

Wed. Mar. 12th, 2014

Arts West Hits 35 Years with a Bang

Thom Fountain, photos by Anna Mateffy

ArtsWest is the annual showcase of some of the best artists in the Chippewa Valley and it’s back this year in full force. The 35th iteration of the art show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire runs until April 4 ...

Wed. Mar. 12th, 2014

UW-Barron County Launches Fest for Writers

Thom Fountain

UW-Barron County up in Rice Lake wants to talk to you, Chippewa Valley writers. Yeah, you. This May 10 the college is planning the Northwest Wisconsin Writers Festival and it’s asking local writers and authors to attend. The festival will ...

Wed. Mar. 5th, 2014

Heart of the Matter

Thom Fountain

Eau Claire music veterans Jonathon Seeley, Adam Thoms and Alyssa Rieper have banded together to create a new expansive folk/country group, Heart Of The Heart. The three-piece – with the help of a handful of other EC musicians including ...

Wed. Feb. 19th, 2014

Knock On Wood

Thom Fountain

renowned type museum brings collection to UWEC

Wed. Feb. 19th, 2014

City Residents' Online Input Favors Confluence

Thom Fountain

In the second use of the City of Eau Claire’s new public perception tool – the Electronic Eau Claire Conversation, or E2C2 – City Manager Russ Van Gompel posed a question that’s on everyone’s minds these days: “What do you think about ..."

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Feb. 17th, 2014

Revival Records spins down the street

Thom Fountain, photos by Tyler Tronson

The new space – which was previously occupied by When I’m 64 – will give Revival more room that can be used to expand genres and get more records out on the floor for customers to dig through as well as provide space for a stage to create an ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Feb. 3rd, 2014

S. Carey is bringing it home

Thom Fountain

S. Carey might be known by many as a Bon Iver off-shoot, but that’s dismissing a lot of what this local singer / songwriter / composer / all-around-great-guy brings to the table. His first album was a gorgeously organic, jazz-inspired record that sho

Thu. Jan. 23rd, 2014

Creative Crawling

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Banbury Art Crawl is back, expands to new building

Tue. Jan. 21st, 2014

North House Preps New EP

Thom Fountain

Eau Claire electronic musician North House is a workhorse. Alex Tronson, the 20-something UW-Eau Claire student behind North House, keeps his Bandcamp page active, constantly posting new tracks, remixes, and mixtapes that show a surprisingly ...

Tue. Jan. 21st, 2014

Sad Ewok Infiltrates House of Rock

Thom Fountain

While this might be one of the weirder stories of the year, it’s not too surprising considering who it comes from. Minneapolis experimental band Marijuana Deathsquads (headed by Eau Clairian Ryan Olson) has a new video for their song ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jan. 20th, 2014

Get Supercharged

Thom Fountain

Tesla Motors – the electric car company that took the auto world by storm behind leader Elan Musk – is starting to creep into Eau Claire. Tesla has installed new Supercharger stations off I-94, behind Fired Up Pizza, Mac Man, Sports Clips ...

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014

Volume One's 2013 Year in Review

Thom Fountain, Tom Giffey, Mike Paulus, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2013 WAS A ONE HECK OF A YEAR. The Confluence Project pushed forward, our downtown experienced development ups and downs, and we got to know a host of new community leaders. Now, as the year wraps up, we take a look back at the last year in the ...

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014

Into the Sky

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

annual ski jump fest returns

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014

The Shafers take over Volume One Gallery with new show

Thom Fountain

A true power couple in the world of Eau Claire art will be joining forces at the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St., with a new show in January and February. Anders and Barbara Shafer, both professors emeriti at UW-Eau Claire, will present ...

Wed. Jan. 8th, 2014

Punch to the Gut

Thom Fountain

diverse local musicians take hardcore swing

Fri. Dec. 20th, 2013

Dwarfcraft Adds to Its Stable of Pedals

Thom Fountain

Dwarfcraft Devices has been serving up fuzz and noise to the world from right here in the Chippewa Valley for years, but a recent acquisition might branch them out even more. The Eau Claire-based guitar pedal company recently took over ...

Wed. Dec. 18th, 2013

Catchin’ the Red Eye

Thom Fountain

IT’S A PRETTY UNIQUE THRILL to be skiing down a mountain, poles up bouncing off the fresh powder as you guide yourself through the pristine winter scene. For the last 40 years, the Red Eye Ski Club has pursued that exact feeling, taking trips ...

Wed. Dec. 18th, 2013

Über Shows on the Way

Thom Fountain, Dustin Hahn

Eau Claire House of Rock bringing the hits in coming weeks

Wed. Dec. 18th, 2013

Get the Party Started

Thom Fountain

Sometimes the only thing to do in winter is throw a party. That’s exactly what three artists are doing at the Acoustic Café, 102 Main St., in Menomonie all through the month of December. Art Party is a show featuring the work of local artists ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 4th, 2013

Help make the new Kalispell album

Thom Fountain

Shane Leonard has been a staple in the Chippewa Valley arts community for some time, his presence even felt over the last year that he's relocated to Chicago. Leonard played jazz around town, plays drums and banjo in Field Report, taught and ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Nov. 26th, 2013

US Bank rallies around the Confluence Project

Thom Fountain, photos by Thom Fountain

Joining other companies like RCU and JAMF Software, US Bank pledged $100,000 to The Confluence Project Tuesday at an afternoon pep rally that brought ENTER NUMBER of supporters to the State Theatre.

Thu. Nov. 21st, 2013

Making the Place

Thom Fountain

Placemaking sounds like some urban planning buzzword, and it should because, well, it is. But despite the negative connotation of ‘buzzword,’ placemaking can actually be an integral ...