Eric Christenson

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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 ...

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 ...