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Drew Kaiser


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Piano-only version of last Meridene album!

Andy Plank, photos by Drew Kaiser

Keyboardist Paul Brandt flipped the nine songs on “Something Like Blood,” upside-down and shook out all the pop-rock, guitars, drums and words. What he had left was “Something Like Wedding Music,” a nine-track piano solo of the entire album.

Justin Vernon. He's Big on the Twitter.

Matt Ledger, photos by Drew Kaiser

It’s no Grammy, but I’m sure Justin Vernon is honored nonetheless to have been named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Tweeters in Music. Vernon, who is known to his loyal tweeties as J.Vern or @blobtower, came in at number 20, sandwiched between ...

LISTEN: Something Like Blood

Meridene’s second LP is the best stuff they’ve done

Andy Plank, photos by Drew Kaiser

“The one thing I was surprised about was how proud I am of the record. I really do wear it like a badge of honor.” – Meridene frontman Trevor Ives

Local-ish Pizza Farm Guide

Carrie Weiss, photos by Drew Kaiser

Take a short drive to one of these fantastic pizza farms, where many of the toppings are grown right there.

LISTEN: The Gentle Guest

band continues manic energy, brilliance in follow-up release

Ian Jacoby, photos by Drew Kaiser

So we’ve established it – great band, great record, but what about the live show? ... Well on July 16, Gentle Guest plans to play not one set, not two, but seven, count ‘em, SEVEN sets.

Valleycat Purrs Into Action

fourth installment of Valley’s own alley cat bike race looms

Betty Nikia, photos by Drew Kaiser

For anyone who has not been able to catch the EC Valleycat Race or was too intimidated to give it a shot, 2010 is the best year yet to enter.

Mike Perry Flies On

sophomore album released by Amble Down Records

Andrew Patrie, photos by Drew Kaiser

“I observed Tim McGraw twirling in purple fog beneath a disco ball the size of a Volkswagen ... and on that day I realized country music might be … ummm … changing.”

The Ronald Raygun

long-defunct band somehow releases album while still broken up

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Drew Kaiser

“The whole Ronald Raygun: Mach One was difficult for everybody. The circumstances were stacked against us."

It's a Kubb-olution!

US Midwest Kubb Championship tossed into Boyd Park

Bailey Berg, photos by Drew Kaiser

Over 40 teams, from five different states, will be swarming Boyd Park on August 8 to compete in the 2009 U.S Midwest Kubb Championship.

Captains of Cork

new shop allows you to brew homemade wine, beer

Megan Ault, photos by Drew Kaiser

Shawn and Julie-Ann Kluge have turned their hobby of making wine into their business.

Anywhere from Here

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is championing the Chippewa Valley with every climbing step.

Ken Szymanski, photos by Drew Kaiser

From his days in local bands Mount Vernon and DeYarmond Edison, Vernon’s roots here run deep ...

Steep Increase

downtown gets a tea infusion with opening of Infinitea Teahouse

Karline Koehler, photos by Drew Kaiser

“The thing that we’ve found is that it’s such a conversation piece ... ”

Preschool Made Easy

some tot tips from local teachers

Jenna Kulasiewicz, photos by Drew Kaiser

The best thing a parent can do for most kids, according to Meier, is create a ritual.

The Space Between

when TV goes digital, who gets the airwaves?

Emily Thierfelder, photos by Drew Kaiser

Some believe the unused “white space” TV spectrum could kick-start a wireless revolution.

Rack 'Em Up

state pool champ might play at your favorite bars

Robin Kinderman, photos by Drew Kaiser

“I used to be an artist, so I’m good at visualizing angles.”

Audio Equation

Eau Claire math professor researches music's appeal

Ian Jacoby, photos by Drew Kaiser

Professor Jim Walker might not be the man you think of when you think "cutting edge music dude."

Suite City

Metropolis Hotel, just opened, anchors attractions off of I-94

Katie McKy, photos by Drew Kaiser

A lot of hotel owners think that they can decorate themselves, but I ...

Just Like Home

Living Room Coffee House hosts young musicians, locally named sandwiches

Hannah Vick, photos by Drew Kaiser

Ron Lovelien wants you to feel at home.

Creative Healing

Wellness Shack helps consumers help themselves with creativity as therapy

Abi Zimmer, photos by Drew Kaiser

éArt is a way of expressing oneself," says office coordinator Nora Bates.