Eric Christenson

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Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

A Whole New Hollow

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Pine Hollow Studio's Evan Middlesworth talks shop

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

Telling Our Fitness Stories

Eric Christenson

human health report's fitness testimonials jerk tears, inspire personal action

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

One Night Only

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

a couple of summer one-off shows to which we're really looking forward

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

2016 Music Festivals

V1 Staff, Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh, Caitlyn Berlin

take some of the biggest names in the music industry, and make a weekend of it

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Air Brushing

Eric Christenson

Durand is the canvas for ‘plein air’ painting event

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

The Pines Plan Upcoming Intimate Eau Claire Show

Eric Christenson

Acclaimed folk band The Pines is making its way to Eau Claire for a one-night-only intimate show at Ambient Inks / Knorth Studios on Saturday May 14. The Minneapolis-based band ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Del Mccoury to Jam With the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Blue Ox

Eric Christenson

It’s only the Blue Ox Music Festival’s second year ever, and they’ve already got the likes of bluegrass legend Del McCoury wanted in for round two. McCoury graced the Whispering Pines campground with his deft, rootsy tunes during last year’s inaugural ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Terraform Travelers

Eric Christenson

hardcore band finds its strength in touring country

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Phoenix Park Bridge Project Aims to Add Lights and Color

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new project from the combined brainpower of Downtown Eau Claire Inc., UW-Eau Claire, and the Eau Claire Noon Rotary Club would put dynamic, programmable lights on the Phoenix Park bridge this year. At a windy press gathering in in front of the historic bridge, which has been there since 1903, the groups shed some light (wink) on the $250,000 to $300,000 project.

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

Garage Bands! Rockonsin Wants to Hear Your Stuff!

Eric Christenson

You’ve got until April 30 to submit your band to Rockonsin, a statewide alternative music competition for seventh-to-12th grade students in garage bands of all musical genres ...

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

Must Be a Volkswagen

Eric Christenson

Chippewa Valley Volkswagen Club president talks all things VW

Wed. Apr. 6th, 2016

The Millenium Rides the Interstate in New Track

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire pop rock trio The Millenium has released another stunning track called “Interstates.” It’s the band’s first output in many months, but ...

Wed. Apr. 6th, 2016

A Windy New Film From Kalispell

Eric Christenson

Shane Leonard’s folk project is finally ready for round two with a new record in June

Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016

Baby Blanket's New Gem

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire/Minneapolis pop crooner Baby Blanket released his second single last week – an infectious tune called “i tried so hard to sleep away the sad,” produced by Eau Claire beatmaker North House ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Mar. 18th, 2016

Eaux Claires Festival Seeking 2016 Art Submissions

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Last week, the ever-popular Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival put out the call for art submissions for the 2016 fest. Visual, installation, and performing arts are a huge, huge part of the festival ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Familiar Foliage

Eric Christenson

photographer adventures to capture local trees, landscapes

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Folk Song Catharsis

Eric Christenson

Len Voy starts healing on debut 10-track record

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Fanoffbirdsafe Video's Murderous Spongebob

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire hard rock band FanOffBirdSafe released a new video for their song “RedMarkerBlackMarker,” where in the final closing frames of the blistering six-minute track, a Spongebob Squarepants stuffed animal “murders” the band with a gigantic knife. It’s great. And it’s intercut with other black and white footage ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Whale House Debuts Two Singles and Turntable CD

Eric Christenson

Eau Claire-based rockers Whale House have a couple of new tracks up their collective sleeve, and they’re gearing up to share them with the world. The band dropped a pair of singles digitally, one called “Freeway” (an acoustic strummer with a distinct ’90s-alt-rock flavor) and the other called “Think Of Me” (a full-on rock song with chugging guitars ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Saying It In 38 Tracks

Eric Christenson

an expansive LP by URF explores tons of different types of electronic music

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

S. Carey Featured on New Netflix Series Soundtrack

Eric Christenson

S. Carey has a track on the official soundtrack for a new Netflix series called Flaked starring Will Arnett (Arrested Development, The LEGO Movie) as a furniture maker and self-help guru who moves to Venice, Calif., to overcome alcoholism. It already sounds like a wonderful dramedy from some super talented folks ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Sleep Signals Debuting Sophomore Album, Tour(s)

Eric Christenson

New tunes are on the way from Minneapolis-based rock outfit Sleep Signals (with members from the Eau Claire area) in the form of their sophomore LP Transitions. Known for their Midwestern brand of modern metal, their high-energy live shows, and their “how-do-they-do-that” relentless touring schedule, the dudes are ready to show their second work to the world ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Feb. 18th, 2016

Listen to a Leaked Kanye West Demo Featuring Justin Vernon

Eric Christenson

A whole horde of Kanye West demos have surfaced online from his expansive sessions recording The Life Of Pablo – his newest provocative and critically-acclaimed album – and one of them has a smooth feature by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as well as R&B producer The-Dream ...

Wed. Feb. 10th, 2016

The Doks Are In

Eric Christenson

Doks Robotiks polish live hip-hop energy on studio LP

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Looking Ahead 2016

Eric Christenson, Mike Paulus, Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2016 will be huge for the Chippewa Valley – here’s some stuff we’re looking forward to covering

Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016

Home Recording 101

Eric Christenson, photos by Eric Christenson

new program at the Eau Claire Music School provides the basics to young, soon-to-be music producers and engineers

Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016

Coding with Civics in Mind

Eric Christenson

new group wants to take public policy and city data into the 21st century

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015

LISTEN: Idle Empress finds a tight, honed sound among friends

Eric Christenson

A little more than a year ago at the weekly open mic at The Plus, a singer named Lauren Anderson would occasionally step up to the mic holding an acoustic guitar. At open mics, you see a lot of people step up to the mic holding acoustic guitars, but none of them have a voice like Lauren’s. She started out mostly doing ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Blue Ox 2016 Lineup: See the Best in Bluegrass

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

After a heck of an inaugural weekend in June, the Blue Ox Music Festival, quickly becoming one of the best bluegrass festivals in the country, will return in 2016 on June 9-11 right here in the Chippewa Valley. Blue Ox, produced by the founders and organizers of Country Jam, is once again co-curated by killer ...

Tue. Dec. 8th, 2015

Country Fest 2016 Lineup: 30 Years of Star-Studded Country Performances

Eric Christenson

2016 marks the 30th summer where country music fans from the Valley and beyond gather near Cadott for a weekend full of music from the biggest of the big country stars at Country Fest. And what better way to celebrate than with the release fast-approaching fest’s 2016 lineup which includes ...

Tue. Nov. 24th, 2015

Going Country

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Country Jam releases first of its star-studded roster

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Look Up! learning about the weather

Eric Christenson

We all know it. The weather in Wisconsin can be … hmm … difficult. Sometimes. One day you could be enjoying a sunny, warm grill-out with your friends and the next morning you wake up to 6 inches of slush on the road. Thunderstorms whip up without warning, and freak rainstorms have frequently ruined many a perfectly planned beach day ...

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Find the Perfect Tree and Enjoy Quality Time

Eric Christenson

I don’t have much memory of this – I was really young – but when I was kid, my parents loaded the family up in our tiny Dodge Spirit, and we drove over snowy roads to get to a place somewhere up north where we would ostensibly find the perfect tree to cut down, put in our living room, and adorn with ornaments.