Eric Christenson

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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 ...

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017

Ready to Dominate: Raptor Octavius wants to take over the world

Eric Christenson

When you a hear a band name like Raptor Octavius, you might get all kinds of assumptions of what they sound like, what they look like, who they are, and how many neck tattoos they may or may not collectively have ...

Tue. Oct. 3rd, 2017

A Force of Artists

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Artisan Forge Studios goes all in on ambitious art event

Wed. Sep. 27th, 2017

FEATURE: Have You Brunched Lately?

Olivia Lockwood, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

with a bunch of dynamic new restaurants in Eau Claire, the weekend brunch scene is popping off with cocktails, live music, and good vibes

Fri. Sep. 22nd, 2017

Hard-Earned Laughs

Eric Christenson

the great Sean Patton returns to Eau Claire for more

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | Sept. 2017

Eric Christenson

A super exciting show was announced last week featuring Hiss Golden Messenger, the project of North Carolina-based songwriter and Bon Iver collaborator MC Taylor. The show’s happening at The Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire on Friday, Oct. 27, in support of HGM’s forthcoming ...

Wed. Sep. 6th, 2017

Artful Noises

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chamber Noise builds oscilloscopes & startlingly good psych-rock tunes

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | August 2017

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Blugold Radio and the forthcoming Confluence Center announced a special show on August 25 to celebrate the coming school year and the center’s construction progress featuring Dames, Idle Empress, and The Heart Pills ...

Wed. Aug. 9th, 2017

150 Years of 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.

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 2nd, 2017

Viva Bon Mexico

Eric Christenson

Hmm. Today, Bon Iver released detailed plans for "Days Have No Numbers" – a four-day "concert vacation” at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riveria Maya, Mexico on January 21-25, 2018 ...

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

6 Awesome Regional Pizza Farms (and 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. Jun. 28th, 2017

Big Business' Big Summer

Eric Christenson

rap collective pops off a bunch of songs and a new artist showcase

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Music Quick Hits 2 | June 2017

Eric Christenson

We first met Sage Leary when he was a young 14-year-old songwriter doing his thing and pumping out blues-infused rock tunes with skill that well-surpassed his age ...

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Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

Eaux Claires 2017: In the Woods and in the Rain

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Rain happened off and on throughout Troix, the third installment of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, but the tricky weather was never enough suppress the creative energy, artistic drive, and good vibes that permeate this particular fest every year.

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

Grand Prex

Eric Christenson

Prex Claires lineup of local music is pretty crazy

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

One-Stop Fest Prep Shop

Eric Christenson

Red’s Mercantile brings in friends for Back Alley Market

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Cheers to Beers

Eric Christenson, photos by Neal Bennett

Leinie’s Family Reunion celebrates 150 years of beers

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Founding Females

Tom Giffey, photos by Eric Christenson

Red Letter Grants awarded to women-owned startups

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Artistic Evolution

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires Troix’s art program is focused on interaction

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Music Quick Hits | June 2017

Eric Christenson

Local sound engineer Evan Middlesworth and owner of Pine Hollow Audio just announced he’s joining the sound team for critically-acclaimed indie rock band The National ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Short 'N Sweet

Eric Christenson, photos by Jesse Johnson

Pat Keen’s new collection packs a ton of punch in about 20 minutes

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 ...

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. ...