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Tue. Jul. 22nd, 2014

Post EP, Stay Strong Drops Video for Big Single

Thom Fountain

Despite their debut EP’s name, Eau Claire pop-rockers Stay Strong know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to catchy guitar rock. That three-song EP, What The Hell Are We Doing? came out late this winter, and the band has now followed up ...

Tue. Jul. 22nd, 2014

Yata Rocks

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

longtime singer/songwriter takes new direction

Tue. Jun. 24th, 2014

Taking the Initiative

Thom Fountain

Sick and tired of the United States’ political system? Fed up with our two national parties? Well, does Richard L. Freitag have a deal for you. The retired Eau Claire businessman’s newest book, The Citizens Initiative Party, details Freitag’s ...

Tue. Jun. 10th, 2014

Versus the Volcano

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Downstage Left goes local with ‘Volcanic’ script

Tue. Jun. 10th, 2014

Back Again

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Meridene returns with b-sides EP, talk of new full-length

Tue. May. 27th, 2014

Dave Powered

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longtime local drummer hammers out his first solo

Tue. May. 27th, 2014

Gaming History

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Chippewa Valley Museum collaborates with Stout program for an interactive experience

Tue. Apr. 15th, 2014

Jon Sunde Goes It Alone

Thom Fountain

For years, The Daredevil Christopher Wright was one of Eau Claire’s most beloved bands – both within and outside our boundaries. Though the group has all but disbanded, frontman Jon Sunde is embarking on his own, recently announcing his debut ...

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Drip, Drop, Drip

Thom Fountain, photos by Thom Fountain

Half Moon Tea & Spice might specialize in the leaves, but they’ve also got beans roasted around the region for “pour over” coffee.

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Stuffed Animals

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UWEC gallery explores different approaches to taxidermy

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

White Goes Dark

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

local troubadour takes new direction with latest album

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2013

Autumn-Infused

Emily Albrent, Thom Fountain

Autumn is near and that means cooler weather and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. We are always fans of people getting into the holiday spirit and one of those ways is by eating and drinking fun, weird, surprising foods that only seem ...

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2013

Local Darlings

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three bands with local ties descend on House Of Rock

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Swimmers Unleashed

Thom Fountain, photos by Betsy Olaussen

local canines to make a splash at Doggie Swim Fest

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Time for a Goddess

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folk deity Dar Williams headed to State Theatre

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Next BareBones Show Will Baby Its Audience

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What’s in a name? Well, a decent amount according to Baby With The Bathwater – a play by Christopher Durang. The local comedic theater troupe BareBones Ensemble will be staging this absurdist comedy Aug. 16-17 at The Grand Theatre on Grand ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Local Ball

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

book covers turn-of-the-century baseball in EC

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Local Author Hopes Own Experiences Can Help Teens

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There’s probably no shortage of adult advice for teenagers. Do this, do that. Don’t do this, don’t do that. But local author Rebekah Palmer is taking a different perspective on advice for teens: Things she learned and documented as a ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Two Businesses Take the Leap With Jump-Start Awards

Thom Fountain

A couple of downtown businesses are getting a little boost from Downtown Eau Claire Inc. DECI’s annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition announced its 2013 winners Aug. 8. The grand prize went to a new downtown business ...

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

Dancing the Can-can

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

aluminum revolution in craft brewing finds its way to the Valley

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

More Monk Than Ever

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire’s Lazy Monk tap room greatly expands

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

Things You Should Know with Jordan Duroe

Thom Fountain

Do you ever find yourself thinking, ‘Man, I wish I just knew more things!’ Well, luckily local comedian Jordan Duroe has you covered. The funnyman brings his absurdist, deadpan humor to a new short film called Stuff You Should Know With ...

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

UW-Stout Showcases Students' Summer Art

Thom Fountain

Just because it’s summer vacation doesn’t mean UW-Stout’s art students are resting. Gallery 209 at UW-Stout is hanging a student show called Exposing Our Underdraws throughout the summer featuring about 20 pieces of art across different mediums ...

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

Perry's Visiting Tom Comes to Stay in Paperback

Thom Fountain

I think it’s fair to say Fall Creek author Michael Perry’s newest book Visiting Tom was a huge success. The book – which details the life and stories of Tom Hartwig, a local legend who’s known for his team of oxen and has a particular disdain for the ...

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

New Single Sees the Light

Thom Fountain

Local prolific singer-songwriter Brian Bethke has always done things on his own, self releasing a number of records over the his career. But with his newest release he takes that to a whole new level. The Light, a new single from Bethke will be ...

Fri. Jul. 26th, 2013

Chigliak Label Releases Record Number Two

Thom Fountain

Last year after years of Eau Clairians reminiscing on days past, we finally got more Amateur Love. Well, not new Amateur Love, but at least reissued. The local indie-pop band that begat Megafaun and Laarks would’ve topped the charts ...

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2013

The Return of the Rock-N-Roll Kickball Classic

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It’s back, baby. After a year hiatus, the much-begged-for Rock-n-Roll Kickball Classic will return this September in all its glory. The two day festival and kickball tournament will run Friday and Saturday Sept. 6-7 at Cinder City Park in Altoona ...

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2013

Out of Left Field

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new theater company puts on The Shape Of Things

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Glenn’s Team

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

local baseball legend pens history of Eau Claire ball

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Big Time Big Band

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

local drummer lands dream gig with Glenn Miller Orchestra

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Two Strangers, One Album

Thom Fountain

Kids With Boats is a truly collaborative effort. The new Eau Claire based experimental rock group is made up of John Bowman IV and Eric C. Thompson, who met using a creative classified listing in Volume One. While they came from different ...

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

Entering the District

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new downtown café The District Co. aims for something different

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

Let There Be Laarks

Thom Fountain, photos by Nick Meyer

long wait pays off with rockers’ release, Fiat Lux

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 28th, 2013

TONIGHT: Laarks unveils Fiat Lux

Thom Fountain, photos by Zach Oliphant

It's been over three and a half years since we heard Laarks' debut album, An Exaltation of Laarks and that's a long wait for new music from Eau Claire's premiere indie rockers. The four-piece has spent that time meticulously working on their ...

Wed. May. 22nd, 2013

Supporting the Strings

Thom Fountain

A few UW-Eau Claire music students are going to one heck of a helping hand from a new scholarship at the university. The Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship will grant a full ride to four UW-Eau Claire string players each year, as well as ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2013

Bon Iver goes gold ... twice

Thom Fountain

Well, this is certainly interesting. Eau Claire’s own hit-maker Bon Iver’s two releases – released two and a half years apart – both were certified gold in this last cycle by the Recording Industry Association of America. Bon Iver, Bon Iver and ...

Wed. Dec. 12th, 2012

The October Session

Thom Fountain

Local music juggernaut Brian Bethke is releasing a new recording called The October Session. The new seven-track release officially comes out January 1, but is available now online at BrianBethke.com. The songs are sparse and simple, but ...