Eric Christenson

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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 ...

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Barely Alive, Kicking Hard

Eric Christenson

Arms Aloft’s new album a pessimistic tribute to how ugly the world can be

Fri. Aug. 26th, 2016

Cool Treats Coming Downtown

Eric Christenson

hoping to open by mid-April, a new ice cream parlor is gearing up its space on Galloway Street

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 17th, 2016

Eaux Claires 2016 Recap: Unapologetically Bold

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

With a handful of stages pumping out tunes from a stunning expanse of genres, interactive art installations scattered in every nook and cranny of the grounds, secret stages, collaborative performances, noise, circuitry, and experimentation – the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival went bold this year, and never looked back ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Bon Iver Mural Appears in the Heart of Eau Claire

Mike Paulus, photos by Eric Christenson

Appearing this week on the side on The State Theatre, right on S. Farwell Street – running through the heart of downtown Eau Claire – you can see a large mural in progress. Eagled-eyed Bon Iver fans will recognize the artwork and symbols – echoing images released by the band on social media over the last week (and in this teaser video).

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Aug. 8th, 2016

Return to the River: Justin Vernon Talks Eaux Claires

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Since he debuted the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival last summer, Justin Vernon has kept busy. He’s helped shape the vision for a new hotel in Eau Claire called The Oxbow, collaborated on new tracks with big name musician pals like James Blake and Kanye West, and played four unforgettable nights at the Sydney Opera House with Bon Iver – all while planning and keeping the gears turning on Eaux Claires year two ...

Thu. Jul. 28th, 2016

Ain't Worried 'Bout It

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

rap crew Big Business make a grand statement on new 19-track album

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 22nd, 2016

Video: Bon Iver Teases ... Something in Mysterious

Eric Christenson

The fervor started with a simple tweet from the Bon Iver Twitter account that read: "22 July 10.22 am Eau Claire." Then at exactly 10:22am this morning, a live video surfaced on the band's Facebook page – well, it's more a video of a video playing on a laptop ...

Fri. Jul. 15th, 2016

Bringing It up to Speed

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

EC Micon to add bar area, make aesthetic upgrades

Thu. Jul. 14th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | July 2016

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire native and indie songstress YOHUNA, a.k.a. Johanne Swanson, after years and years of moving around and finding her voice, is ready to make a big artistic statement with her buzzed ...

Tue. Jul. 12th, 2016

Radio Waves & Local Faves

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Blugold Radio gives indie rock a voice in the Valley

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Monument Valley's Infectious Puzzles and Optical Trickery

Eric Christenson

Monument Valley, a perplexing and addictive mobile game, takes a silent princess named Ida through level upon level of beautifully-made 3D monuments so she can place a geometric figure at the summit ...