Issue #276 March 18, 2015
Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Brett Newski

EC native tours globe, works with ex-Violent Femme

Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Skatin' the Dream

the Eau Claire Skaters Association is throwing all kinds of shows to help fund a new park

Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Arms Abroad

local pop-punk sensation, Arms Aloft, reflects on their handful of European tours.

Issue #272 January 21, 2015

Music Quick Hits | Jan. 21, 2015

You might recognize some things about the new set of orchestral indie pop songs by Sufjan Stevens, called Carrie & Lowell. First off, in the album credits both Sean Carey (of S. Carey) and Ben Lester (of Aero Flynn) as having provided some ...

Issue #271 January 7, 2015
Issue #270 December 23, 2014

Sarah Lou Steps Out from Behind the Curtain

Hudson-born Sarah Lou Richards released a new country-pop album in November. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, SLR moved the Nashville to grow her singer/songwriter career. She uses a diminutive typeface on the album cover of her third ...

Ian Alexy Amid The Plus's First Ever Music Residency

Even though he just recently relocated to the Chippewa Valley, former Minneapolis singer/songwriter/producer Ian Alexy is already making waves in the community’s busy music scene. In tandem with The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St., he is ...

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 ...

A Little Lighter

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

Issue #268 November 27, 2014
Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Love Letter Songs

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

Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Reporting Back

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

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 ...

Issue #265 October 16, 2014

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 #263 September 18, 2014

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

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

Adelyn Rose Strikes Off on Tour, Exclusive EP in Hand

Don’t think of it as a test run, but folk-rockers Adelyn Rose are just getting back from a three-week East Coast tour (with pals Softly, Dear) where they’ve been pedaling a secret little EP, exclusively available at live shows. Titled Summering ...

Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Pit Wagon Rolls In

boozy folk trio keeps it simple and harmonious with songs invoking the countryside

Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Post EP, Stay Strong Drops Video for Big Single

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 ...

Yata Rocks

longtime singer/songwriter takes new direction

Eau Claire Bands Bound for Rock County Folk Symposium

Starting in 2010, the Rock County Folk Symposium used to be sort of a private thing. The Janesville arts and music festival used to cater to friends and such pretty exclusively. But this year, the organizers pushed to sell around 250 tickets ...

Issue #258 July 10, 2014

A Single Sunde

J.E. Sunde unveils debut solo album, post-Daredevil C. Wright

Field Reporting In

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.

Issue #257 June 26, 2014
Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Back Again

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

School's Out for Summer – Unless You're a Rockstar

Calling all rockers: The Eau Claire Music School is raising awareness about its latest project, “ECMS Rock Experience!” The two-week workshop, inspired by a similar program run by Mike Olson and the Madison Music Factory, offers a chance to ...

Out of the Dark

A steady fusion of horns, woodwinds, and acoustic guitar binds together Eau Claire local Tony Rongstad’s debut album, Dark Third. Released March 1, the folk-inspired LP features all original songs and delivers an earthy, natural sound throughout ...

Of Dusk

Rivers releases thoughtful full-length debut

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 ...

Dave Powered

longtime local drummer hammers out his first solo

Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Smith's Stacker Songs

Terry Smith of Cornell who has been playing music for more than 45 years. It all started on February 9, 1964, when his brother dragged him to their grandparents’ house to watch The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. After this, he ...

Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Great Scott

alt-rock icon Weiland still alive and grunging

Rock Kings

Pullman’s EP Monarchs features new band lineup

End Notes

symphony season’s final concert features last works

Issue #252 April 17, 2014

A Collection of Stories

Singer and songwriter Mike Quick released his fourth album House of Dreams last December. This collaborative work showcases many local talents, such as Yata and Dixie Duffey. Being able to draw on so many different musicians allowed Quick to ...

Jon Sunde Goes It Alone

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 ...

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