Eric Christenson

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Thu. Oct. 3rd, 2019

Music Quick Hits | October 2019

Eric Christenson

Lo-fi pop rockers Velvet Groove surprised us with a brand new song called “I Want It” recently with an accompanying music video from ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Sep. 6th, 2019

Elton John Gushes, the Times Facetimes: Bon Iver Press Rolls In

Eric Christenson

Now that this new Bon Iver record i,i is out there in the world in every shape and form, it’s leading to some pretty great press this week. First up, a li’l ol’ paper called the New York Times did a deep dive on the song “iMi” for its video series called Diary Of A Song ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Die Happy

Eric Christenson

Them Coulee Boys level up big time for new record

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

Group Rides 101

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tired of pedaling solo? New to the game and want to get some good experience? Want to dive in to the local biking community? Try a group ride!

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Everybody, Meet Naalia

Eric Christenson

sister/brother duo’s R&B tunes are remarkably fresh

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | June 2019

Eric Christenson

Even though it’s well-established that there won’t be a traditional version of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival this summer, the Oxbeaux street concert that preceded the last two fests will return for a blockbuster third concert, now with an extra day. On August 9 and 10 ...

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2019

6 Fantastic Regional Pizza Farms (Plus 1 Awesome Burger Farm)

Eric Christenson

A recent trend has Midwestern farms converting themselves into gourmet pizza parlors across the state. Round up your family and friends for a summer picnic on one of Wisconsin’s pizza farms!

Wed. May. 29th, 2019

A Half-Decade in the Pines: Blue Ox Keeps Rolling

Eric Christenson

Having a music festival in the northwoods of Wisconsin in the middle of June can be a shake of the dice when it comes to the weather. In an ideal situation you’ve got sunlight beaming through the pine ...

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Blossoming Sounds

Eric Christenson

LASKA’s new EP flourishes with new techniques, but maintains sisterly magic

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Music Quick Hits | March 20, 2009

Eric Christenson

The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely just announced an intriguing gallery show for March 31 with headliner Haley Heynderickx. The Portland-based singer/songwriter’s debut 2018 album I Need To Start a Garden ...

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | March 2019

Eric Christenson

Chippewa Valley native Johanne Swanson – who makes excellent heart-wrenching tunes as Yohuna – has announced a new album called Mirroring, set to drop via Orchid Tapes on June 7. Now based in Brooklyn, Yohuna has gotten some well-deserved accolades for her first album ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | February 2019

Eric Christenson

One of the world’s finest bluegrass bands is coming to Eau Claire for a special one-night-only show at The Metro on March 6. We Banjo 3 is a foursome of prolific and exciting musicians set to whisk the night away with fantastic tunes and a good cause. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019

Rock Fest Releases 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Jefferson Starship lyrics might be the least rock n roll way to describe Rock Fest, but “we built this city on rock n roll” is – all things considered – a pretty fair sum-up of what goes down on Cadott’s ...

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Your 3 favorite local slopes for wintertime sledding brilliance

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa Valley Family readers picked their top three favorite local sledding hills in our annual Family Favorites reader poll a few months ago, and there are some doozies to pick from.

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

TeawhYB Transformed

Eric Christenson

local rapper takes big step forward with proper debut

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 9th, 2019

Decadent Cabaret Unleashes 40th Anniversary Show Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s truly a landmark year for Decadent Cabaret, one of Eau Claire’s longest running musical institutions. The locally grown music festival – which often finds a multitude of local bands doing elaborate tribute ...

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Eau Claire Library to Stream Local Music on Digital Platform

Eric Christenson

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking local musicians for its new online streaming and download platform, Sawdust City Sounds. Local artists can submit albums now through Sunday, Jan. 13 ...

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