Eric Christenson

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The Daily Shakedown

Fri. May. 19th, 2017

Eaux Claires Goes Huge on 2017 Art Installations

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is just about four weeks away, and they just announced their mind-bending slate of visual arts, performance pieces, sound installations, artistic collaborations, and literature events ...

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

On the Wagon: Pit Wagon gets a little darker on new record

Eric Christenson

There’s something magical about Matt Vold’s voice. Cigarette smoke and salt of the earth mix together with a bunch of folk sadness somewhere deep in his vocal cords and what comes out is this fearsome ...

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

Leinenkugel's Sesquicentennial Excellence

Eric Christenson, photos by Paul Bialis

Over the last 150 years, the legendary Chippewa Falls brewery has been through it all – here's where they're going next.

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Rock No More

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith, Lee Butterworth

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

Sweat and Sawdust: The Menomonie woodworkers behind high-profile projects in the Valley

Eric Christenson, photos by Timothy Mather, Christopher Bartlett

Aaron Wallace ended up in Menomonie when he was 20 years old – “for a girl,” he sheepishly told me, “while I was logging with my dad.” Wallace comes from a whole line of loggers – his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all lumbermen. So you could say he’s got a natural connection to wood ...

Fri. Apr. 7th, 2017

Awkward & Uncovered

Eric Christenson, photos by Scott Kunkel

Found Footage Festival returns for two special shows

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | April 2017

Eric Christenson

Just a short hike away from the Chippewa Valley is one of the coolest music festivals in the state, the Mid West Music Fest, happening in La Crosse on April 14 and 15, then across the river two weeks later in Winona, Minn. ...

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

In Real Life: The Millenium’s debut LP lives in each moment

Eric Christenson

Over the better part of the last half-decade or so, The Millenium has churned out expansive and infectious pop tunes, singles, EPs, they’ve toured the country, they’ve amassed passionate hordes of young ...

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

Music Quick Hits | March 2016

Eric Christenson

A gaggle of UW-Eau Claire jazz students have some big dreams, big ambitions, and big goals of recording and touring behind uber-unique jazz compositions ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Eaux Claires Announces 2017 Day-to-Day Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Just over three months away, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced their day-to-day lineup today for year three on June 16 and 17 with headliners Chance The Rapper, Paul Simon with yMusic, Wilco, Feist, and John Prine ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 8th, 2017

[UPDATED] Eaux Claires Unleashes 2017 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Janae Breunig

Today, when unsuspecting Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival presale ticket buyers opened their mailboxes, what should appear but an illustrious zine called Trois packed with abstract wintry images, poetically ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Musical Ox-Cellence

Eric Christenson

the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival brings together rootsy greatness

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | January 2016

Eric Christenson

A new record is on the way from singer/songwriter J.E. Sunde called Now I Feel Adored, releasing on March 3 via Iowa-based label Cartouche Records. Alongside Sunde, the new record features ...

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

WeBop Gets Kids Hip to Jazz Jive

Eric Christenson, photos by Katie Larson

There’s a room full of people and instruments buzzing. A rhythm section taps out a basic tune while kids, their parents, and other musicians alike are dancing, moving, and singing together ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 17th, 2017

Big Bluegrass for Blue Ox 2017

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

The lineup for the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival was released this morning, and it definitely keeps up its trend of curating one of the finest roots and bluegrass festivals in the country amongst the pine trees ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

Rock Fest Announces 2017 Lineup

Eric Christenson

Hot off one of their biggest and explosive years to date, Rock Fest is looking to capitalize on that success with a no-holds-barred lineup of rock majesty in 2017. Heading up the star-studded ...

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

2017 Looking Ahead

V1 Staff, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What's in store for the Chippewa Valley this year?

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 10th, 2017

LISTEN: New Music from J.E. Sunde

Eric Christenson

A new record is on the way from singer/songwriter J.E. Sunde called Now I Feel Adored, releasing on March 3. Iowa-based label Cartouche Records announced the forthcoming sophomore LP, a followup to his excellent 2014 album Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God, on Tuesday ...

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

Pine Hollow Hands-On

Laura Lash, Eric Christenson

UW-Stout audio club gets firsthand, in-studio chops

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

Yohuna Cracks Rolling Stone's Best Songs of 2016

Eric Christenson

Another Chippewa Valley native is getting some awesome accolades on a national scale. A song by Yohuna – the project of singer/songwriter Johanne Swanson – called ...

Tue. Dec. 13th, 2016

The Way We Get Byways

Eric Christenson

Softly, Dear frontman takes on spontaneous rock project

Wed. Nov. 30th, 2016

From Austin to Eau Claire

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

seeking new climate, Texan takes recording studio north

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Whale House on Film

Eric Christenson

local band cuts video of unique live performance

Wed. Nov. 2nd, 2016

Bop 'Til You Drop

Eric Christenson

EC native to facilitate early jazz experience for kids

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Entering the Oxbow

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

downtown’s newest hotel has unbreakable local spirit

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

4 Things From the New York Times Profile of Bon Iver

Eric Christenson

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an expansive profile on Bon Iver and Justin Vernon – The Blessed, Cursed Life of Bon Iver – talking with Vernon about his struggles with the music industry, his unique path to notoriety, and the experimental production techniques ...