Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Alex Tronson

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To the Stars

softy, dear alum goes experimental as Astral Samara

Alex Tronson

Bands separate. People graduate, move out, travel, and start anew. It’s not easy to watch – especially if they’re local – and though the Eau Claire-based alt-rock outfit Softly, Dear is no more, former member Alex Adkinson is sailing back into the Midwest music scene with the new experimental moniker ...

Good One: Clear Water Comedy gears up for big month of shows

Alex Tronson, photos by Lee Butterworth

You can’t walk far in Eau Claire without running into at least a few Clear Water Comedy event flyers, packing-taped to light posts, shop windows, or across the river all over campus bulletin boards ...

Buzzworthy Stage Setup

EC’s Antic Studios lights up festivals all over the region

Alex Tronson

When the sun came down over the festival grounds a few weekends ago, you may have noticed an interesting glow coming from the riverside. During the day, those large, white letters weren’t much other than an indicator you were at the right place, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival ...

Truly Independent

local musicians have the freedom and technology to record and release on their own terms

Alex Tronson

Producing music was strictly a hobby for me in grade school. Something I could do to feel productive. Instead of parking in front of a television and playing “Mario Kart” for hours, I could channel my creative tendencies into something cool – something more exciting than piano lessons ...

Blood, Bone and Verse

UWEC alum’s poetry collection is an apocalyptic fever dream

Alex Tronson

If you creep and search through shelves and stacks in the University of Iowa library, you might be able to find what would become UW-Eau Claire alum Heather Knox’s Dowry Meat. What was once a creative thesis is now a collection of poems from Words Dance Publishing ...

Rush River Folk Festival Brings Locals Along

Alex Tronson

The Midwest must be in some kind of music festival fever dream. This year we get to add the second annual Rush River Folk Festival to the calendar, which starts on May 23 at 1pm and continues all the way until sundown. The festival will see some already established and returning acts like Heatherlyn, a Minneapolis-based crowd favorite from last year’s festival ...

Locals Pen Rootsy Folk Ode to Brett Favre

Alex Tronson

“Old Number Four,” a new single from the folk/roots duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, finds the Minnesota blues-brothers crooning over everybody’s favorite NFL superstar, Brett Favre. It’s a nice homage to Favre, who’s named only by jersey number during the course of the two-minute-forty-second track, which plays out a bit like a Bob Dylan ballad ...

Masterful Moviemaking 101

summer class at UW-Stout puts filmmakers to the test

Alex Tronson

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it’s about time for a film renaissance in the Midwest. I mean, sure, Chicago sees some big-budget film productions, but I’m talking about right here – like right here – Chippewa Valley-style. Luckily, I’m not alone, and the folks over at UW-Stout have been cooking up a program to help kickstart the movement ...

All That Jazz

Eau Claire to burst with jazz during annual fest

Alex Tronson

Alright everybody, it’s almost time to get those fedoras and vests looking spiffy for a night out on the town. The 48th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival is gearing up for a springtime weekend of concerts, competitions, and more, all taking place ...

Dark Visions

inspired by Old London, this paranormal tale has many sequels on the way

Alex Tronson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Many Chippewa Valley authors tackle the more poignant aspects of Midwestern living, but for Delaney Green, author of the recently self-published novel Jem: A Girl of London, things are a bit more … thrilling. With 18th century London as the ...

Sign of the Pine

The Millenium strips down tunes for new release

Alex Tronson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It seems to me that there’s always something curious happening behind the doors of Pine Hollow Studios. It’s a hot spot for local musicians to experiment with new sounds, creative ideas, and work with other artists in the area. For the guys ...

It's Time to Get Decadent Again

Decadent Cabaret is back for three days of tributin’

Alex Tronson, photos by Jessica Vollmer

All right. It’s happening again. One of Eau Claire’s biggest, baddest weekends of music is back, and this time it’s three days long. We’re talking about the 36th installment of Decadent Cabaret which begins Thursday, March 5, and goes strong ...

Artswest 36

library’s annual juried art show returns

Alex Tronson, photos by Anna Mateffy

O.K. all you artists, it’s time to wash the dried paint and clay from your hands and show us what you’ve got. The annual ArtsWest exhibit is back for its 36th installment. For those that don’t know, Wisconsin ArtsWest is a juried exhibit ...

Friendship Despite Injury

award-winning play illustrates a lifelong friendship

Alex Tronson

Friendships have a track record of blossoming in strange places. Maybe it happens in the deli line, or outside a nightclub, or in the aftermath of a fender bender. Maybe, for Doug and Kayleen, characters in the Rajiv Joseph penned stage-play ...

UW-Stout Showcases Work at Furlong Gallery

Alex Tronson

As a college student, it’s important to know a bit about your professors, their motivations and what influences them. The 2015 UW-Stout School of Art and Design Faculty Art Show can help you help with that. The show runs through Feb. 20 ...

Terminate Any Expectations

semi-one-off free-jazz/noise-rock trio make it weird

Alex Tronson

When local musicians Dave Power, Ben Hinz, and Pat Kuehn got together a couple of months ago, none of them knew exactly what the end result would be. What happened was the formation of a new experimental noise-rock band ...

Laughs & Beats

Standup Getdown brings the funny back to House of Rock

Alex Tronson

Last September’s “Standup Getdown” at the House of Rock proved to be a big hit for the Eau Claire stand-up comedy scene. With a huge lineup of comedians and several accompanying musical acts, the event drew a surprisingly large crowd, and left the...

Mystery Trip

ECCT offers adaptation of acclaimed young-adult novel Walk Two Moons

Alex Tronson

Walk Two Moons, the Newberry Award-winning novel by Sharon Creech, is a classic taught in schools across the country. This season is a great time to revisit the story – or to experience it for the first time – as the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre ...