Eric Christenson

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The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Dec. 4th, 2018

Blue Ox Music Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson

The Blue Ox Music Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday in summer 2019 (June 13-15) amongst the trees of Eau Claire’s Whispering Pines Campground, and today they dropped a lineup of musical acts that have become downright mainstays ...

Tue. Nov. 27th, 2018

Q&A: Comedian Sean Patton talks Comedy and Eau Claire

Eric Christenson

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that Sean Patton is one of the funniest working comics in the country. For years, this man has been making the world bust a gut with his one-of-a-kind act which celebrates the goofiness of existence and the absurdity of life itself ...

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

Good Times, Bad Art

Eric Christenson

a one-day music fest at the Pablo for locals, by locals

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Gentle Men: After an 8-year gap, the Gentle Guest drops new LP

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s been a long and dry eight years since The Gentle Guest dropped their classic LP Cast Off Your Human Form. That 2010 record by the self-described “whiskey-fueled blasphemy machine” was a pristine collection ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Oct. 23rd, 2018

Country Jam Reveals 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson

We haven’t quite slipped into winter’s chilly grasp yet here in Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already look forward to next summer. And, c’mon, what better way to do that than by daydreaming of Country Jam ...

Wed. Oct. 17th, 2018

Music Quick Hits |October 2018

Eric Christenson

S. Carey recently dropped a cool mini-documentary shot over the days leading up to his latest tour for his album Hundred Acres. The film, which was shot and edited by filmmaker Peter Eaton, shows the band rehearsing and hanging ...

Wed. Oct. 3rd, 2018

Long Live the Queens: Inside the Valley's vivacious drag scene

Katie Vagnino, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Over the past decade, the drag scene in the Chippewa Valley has blossomed from a subculture limited to a handful of venues to something much more visible and vibrant.

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

‘Too Easy’

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mr. Pizzy and Mistah connect on infectious collab album Game Changers

Tue. Aug. 21st, 2018

The Gentle Guest Plans New Album Unholy Mess

Eric Christenson, photos by Zach Oliphant

Eau Claire band The Gentle Guest – who used to actively slay the local scene with their firebrand style of country punk – has been relatively quiet for a couple years. Frontman Eric Rykal has been focusing ...

Thu. Aug. 9th, 2018

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Tom Giffey, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2018

Loud & Proud

Eric Christenson

there’s nothing out there quite like Gash

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 9th, 2018

Eaux Claires IV: Recapped

Eric Christenson, photos by Branden Nall, Luong Huynh

“Fly or fall on feeling.” That was at the core of Eaux Claires’ no-lineup philosophy for 2018. Feeling. And there’s a lot of feelings out there ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | June 2018

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Upon the release of his forthcoming record People Are My Drug (which is streaming now), Phil Cook will make his way home to the Chippewa Valley to perform on Oct. 20 in the Jamf Theater ...

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2018

The Young and the Restless

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

high school rockers The Third Ward unleash their debut

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Apr. 19th, 2018

Eaux Claires 2018, Artist-Led Festivals, and the No-Lineup Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

At this point, it’s been well established that the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is doing stuff differently for their fourth annual installment on July 6 and 7. Most significantly, curators Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner are intentionally not releasing a lineup of music acts. At least not in the traditional sense ...

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Local Music Veterans Make a Dreamy New Rock Record

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jim Pullman has been making rock songs and records for almost two decades, and the lion’s share of those songs have come from personal stories and experiences. But for his band’s latest full length ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | April 2018

Eric Christenson

Get set for some for some larger-than-life musical performances coming our way this spring. In the last couple weeks, a handful of notable concert announcements have made their way across the collective V1 desk ...

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

Music Quick Hits | Mar. 21, 2018

Eric Christenson

It was only last fall when we heard the most recent output from Chippewa Valley duo DeKam & Johnson who make acoustic upbeat pop songs in the area. Their string of EPs caught on nicely, and now they’re back ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | February 2018

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire synth pop artists Sniffle Party just got some serious love from HBO. In the latest episode of High Maintenance, which tells miniature stories connected by the same nameless bicycle-bound weed dealer in New York ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

THIS WEEK: Decadent Cabaret Moves to the Metro

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Metro – downtown Eau Claire's newest live music venue – is the new host of legendary Eau Claire festival Decadent Cabaret, where dozens of local bands come together and play tribute sets of their favorite artists. The organizers just released the full lineup of bands for the 39th installment of the weekend-long event on March 1-3.

Thu. Feb. 22nd, 2018

S. Carey’s Newest Finds Fresh Confidence and Purpose

Eric Christenson

If you’ve never woken up one morning to realize that Taylor Swift put one of your songs on a Spotify playlist of her favorite tracks, you’re probably not Sean Carey. “More I See,” a lush single from his forthcoming ...

Wed. Feb. 21st, 2018

2018 Vanguard Awards - Becca Cooke

Eric Christenson, video by Joel Pearish

Owner of Red’s Mercantile, active member of community boards and business-centric workshops and programs

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 30th, 2018

Rock Fest Reveals 2018 Lineup

Eric Christenson

It’s an extremely huge year for Rock Fest, one of the Valley’s craziest music festivals that celebrates that most powerful of musical genres and the culture of fans that make it great ...

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | January 2018

Eric Christenson

Milwaukee-via-Eau Claire band Field Report dropped a sunny new single called “Never Look Back” last week and announced a brand new record called Summertime Songs releasing on March 23. The new ...

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | Jan. 2018

Eric Christenson

A rare treat from the northwoods of Minnesota is coming to Eau Claire for a one-night-only concert with some of the richest folk music ever to tingle your heartstrings. Classically trained violinist ...

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | Dec. 13, 2017

Eric Christenson

It’s been a hot minute since we heard the sweet sounds of Idle Empress’ debut self-titled EP, but now – having recently relocated to the Twin Cities – the trio is back with two brand new singles, “Envy” and “Habits.” The songs, which premiered ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 6th, 2017

Blue Ox Unleashes 2018 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

For its fourth year, the Blue Ox Music Festival is back with a loaded lineup of rootsy greats to come play some tunes in the pine and hardwood forests just outside of Eau Claire. Hosted by Minneapolis band Pert Near Sandstone ...

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017

Orchid Eaton: Eau Claire born-and-bred

Eric Christenson

You’re gonna want to keep tabs on Orchid Eaton, a new project from Eau Claire born-and-bred native Matthew Leavitt, formerly of EMOT. It’s a stark basement pop project that features another local native ...