Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Michael Perry and the Long Beds Release Live Album

For their third album, Michael Perry and the Long Beds went live. The 23 tracks that fill Bootlegged at the Big Top were recorded under the big tent at the Big Top Chautauqua, up north in Bayfield, through which Perry hosts ...

Nickolas Butler Short Story Collection Coming

Nickolas Butler is having an amazing 2014. Released in March, his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, has already become a national best-seller and the source of major critical acclaim. But as the year comes to a close, it’s only right ...

Award-Winning Poet Nye to Headline 2015 Book Fest

Fresh off a successful 2014 event, the organizers of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival aren’t resting on their literary laurels. They’ve already announced a headliner for their 2015 festival: internationally renowned Palestinian-American poet ...

A Little Lighter

Sarah Krueger’s newest LP shines with unique voice, impressive supporting cast

Issue #268 November 27, 2014

The Dark Season

"In our closest neighbor’s field winter wheat has come up, a desperate, violently green blanket. / Further down the road they’ve left last year’s corn stubble all season, not bothering to plant. / There was no spring fug of “old gold” being ..."

Off the Top

Improv Fest organizers ‘Yes, and...’ their way to bigger and better festival

Chaos Theory

retired UWEC professor’s book explores the role of chance in our lives

Issue #267 November 13, 2014

20 Minutes or Less Film Festival Calling for Submissions

If you haven’t started thinking about your short film for the 20 Minutes or Less Film Festival, you’re probably in good company. But the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls has afforded plenty of breathing room, as the deadline for ...

Getting In Touch With Your Artistic Side

Releasing your inner artist isn’t something that many establishments offer, but Craving Canvas & Ceramic Studio, 2759 London Road, can do just that and much more. This new studio gives anyone the chance to experience the artistic process ...

Love Letter Songs

We Are The Willows latest inspired by grandparents’ WWII-era correspondence

Closing the Book

UWEC’s Max Garland reflects on his term as state’s poet laureate

Silver Screenings

Woodland Theater offers facilities, films the Valley wouldn’t normally get

Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Reporting Back

Field Report, Aero Flynn House of Rock gig marks homecoming for both

Stitch Your Entry Into Contest’s Poetic Quilt

Composing poetry may be a solitary act, but the end result need not be about solitude. In its Poetry Quilt Contest, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is seeking “poems that show the poet’s connection and response to others rather ...

Musicians Band Together for Wildlife Fundraiser

Musicians like Howard “Guitar” Luedtke, Gordy Bischoff, and the Larry Heagle band are all coming together in the spirit of wildlife conservation for the biannual Chippewa Valley Musicians Fundraiser for Wildlife Rehabilitation Nov. 2 ...

Chigliak Preps 12 Rods Vinyl Reissue

12 Rods were a pop group from Minneapolis who called it quits after their last album, Lost Time, which was released – as coincidence would have it – 12 years ago. Now with the help of Justin Vernon’s “lost art” record-revival label ...

Justin Jay Arnold Ponders Life and Death on New LP

The idea of “home” can surface a myriad of feelings, depending on your personal experience with that idea. However, “home” is meant to be a place of peace, joy, warmth, and love. When writing “Long Way Home,” from his recently released album ...

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 ...

Ode to the Lovers Upstairs

Just one floor above us, they pound the joists / with such intensity our windows shake / and our plaster ceiling reverberates / with each groan and turn and spring-loaded creak.

Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Symphony Seeks Posters Designed by Students

What do you see when you listen to music? If you’re a student in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Chippewa Valley, you can share you vision and help promote the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra! K-12 students ...

UWEC Alum Joins Cast of "Homeland" in New Season

Laila Robins, a 1981 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will join the likes of Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend as she is cast in the upcoming season of Homeland, an Emmy-nominated series on Showtime. She will play ...

Wisconsin Film Festival Accepting Submissions

Got a film with Wisconsin ties that’s so good you can taste it, but you haven’t really shown it to anybody? Here’s an opportunity. The Wisconsin Film Festival is now officially accepting submissions for next spring’s fest in Madison ...

Digging In

Menomonie librarian takes time off to write epic fantasy

Sage Leary: a debut album at age 14

How many people can say they released a debut album at the age of 14? For the young and very talented Sage Leary, this is something he recently accomplished with the release of his first album, Feel the Sound. This instrumental album ...

Ingrid Michaelson Heading to Zorn Arena

If you think Ingrid Michaelson sounds amazeballs over the radio, then you better get ready for some mind-blowing music when she comes to UW–Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena this November. As one of the biggest indie-pop musicians of her time ...

The Next Big Fest?

Vernon-headed music and arts festival seeks approval to use Country Jam grounds

Issue #264 October 2, 2014

Roosters Crowing

In Red and orange early light / Coming from chores this morning, / I stopped as usual by the gate / To watch my roosters crowing.

Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Eau Queer Gears Up for Fifth Film Festival at UWEC

The Eau Queer Film Festival is an especially unique chance to bring LGBT films to the Chippewa Valley every fall at UW-Eau Claire, and it almost didn’t happen. “It’s just the fifth year,” said Jerrika Christianson, the fesitval’s director ...

Trailing Off

tour through art and spaces of western Wisconsin

Meandering through Fall Colors and Art Spaces

What’s not to like about the leaves changing colors on trees combined with visiting colors of a different sort at art galleries and studios? The gallery owners and studio artists of Northwest Wisconsin are hosting their 5th annual ...

Lyrical Locale

local bands shout out their ’hoods through the magic of song

Power Chords

multi-tasking drummer takes solo, electronic plunge as White Dune

Fall Harvest 2014

Falling for Art

annual tour of artists’ studios will leaf you wanting more

Football Fever 2014
Issue #262 September 4, 2014

The Millenium Brings Pop Punk Sound to ... America

In February, The Millenium released their album It’s So Much Friendlier With Two. Since then, the band has been hard at work honing their craft and touring around the U.S. They even recently released a new music video for their song ...

Stalwarts Whale House Crank Out New EP

Making good on their promise to deliver a consistent flow of tunes over the course of the year, alt-rock trio Whale House are following up their year-beginning dual song project, Stand Out,with a second EP, The Negative Space. Following the trend ...

Meet Gristled Blues Rockers, The Strips

Earlier this year, Eau Claire blues rockers The Strips released their debut album Welcome to our Basement on April 22 and have been magnetic in picking up a following along the way. New to the scene they may be, but with Trey Sharpe’s gristly ...

A Quick, Ambient Turnaround for New Hounds Before Lions EP

Hounds Before Lions used to be fairly buttoned-up, writing achingly charming indie rock songs, but I don’t know what happened. With previous releases, you’d hear drums and bass and rock convention in a sweet little package. But now with their ...

Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Rooftop Sounds

rooftop concert will raise funds for public school music

Hard-Working Stout Grad Illustrating Up a Storm

Since landing herself on New York Times’ bestseller list in the spring of 2013, children’s author and Chippewa Valley familiar Eliza Wheeler has whipped up a healthy batch of stories geared for young minds. In addition to writing and illustrating ...

Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Granite Rose to Tour with Saving Abel

Local musicians Granite Rose are making headway in upcoming tour with southern rock sensation Saving Abel. The opportunity was founded by dedication, a lot of hard work and ambition, and a modern resource known as networking. Granite Rose ...

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