Eric Christenson

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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.

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Oh, Great ... Another Film Fest

Eric Christenson

despite its tongue-in-cheek name, CTV’s independent film fest will screen dozens of films – old, new, big, small

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Hundreds and Hundreds of Local Art Prints for Sale

Eric Christenson

There are so many more artists in the Chippewa Valley than the ones whose work is displayed at our local galleries. Volume One’s Ink & Paper print sale is designed to showcase local art, and allow artists to sell their work to tons of people at an affordable rate (usually $15-$50). For this year’s sale, with our new co-sponsor ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Oct. 21st, 2015

Eaux Claires Announces 2016 Festival Dates

Eric Christenson

Hot off being named one of the “Top 10 Music Festivals in North America” by Consequence of Sound, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will officially be back in August of 2016 at the festival grounds just outside Eau Claire. The first round of pre-sale tickets goes on sale Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am CST at www.eauxclaires.com.

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Honestly Spooked

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

V1’s storytelling series revels in scary stories

Mon. Oct. 5th, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Boldest URL

Eric Christenson

A URL is a potential customer’s window into your business, a portal to your business’ web presence. Do you want that URL to be simple? Yes. Should your web address be catchy? Absolutely. Boring? No. Leave to Eau Claire’s Geno’s Pizza, purveyors of both slice and ice (they have fresh ‘za and an all-year outdoor ice rink) ...

Fri. Oct. 2nd, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Most Nostalgic Former Shortcut

Eric Christenson

Recently, we had to say goodbye to a true Eau Claire legend: The Wagner’s Lanes parking lot shortcut – a lovely little jaunt that would let you easily breeze past a busy Brackett Avenue/Hastings Way intersection (now complete with a Walgreen’s AND a CVS). For decades, it’s been a popular way ...

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

New Grub on Campus

Eric Christenson, photos by Serena Wagner

UWEC farmers market brings community veggies directly to students

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

To Eau Queer and Beyond

Eric Christenson

6th annual Eau Queer Film Festival to be its biggest yet

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

Fathom Bringing Big Name Rappers to House of Rock

Eric Christenson

It’s gonna be a big couple of months for hip-hop at the House of Rock. Veteran hard-hitting EC rapper Fathom is at the center of a couple of big bookings that will bring the likes of Sadistik and Cage to the House of Rock this fall. It all starts on Sept. 18 with Sadistik, a Seattle rapper ...

Thu. Sep. 10th, 2015

Get a Sitter: Laugh it off with local standup comedy

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith

In the last 18 months or so, the standup comedy scene in Eau Claire has exploded into something rib-ticklingly legitimate thanks to Clear Water Comedy, a collective of seriously funny local comics.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Autumnal Goodness at Beaver Creek Reserve

Eric Christenson

Wisconsin autumns are uniquely special. We see vibrant fall colors arrive with chilly weather. It’s important to enjoy autumn times in our state because you never really know when we’ll be blindsided by five inches of snow out of nowhere and the season is over in a snap. Luckily we have cool local places ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Colorless Stimulus

Eric Christenson, photos by Tina Doffing

UWEC grad’s art show – “STIMULI.” – threatens to disconnect in black & white

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Cold Country Gets Raw on Debut Hip Hop Effort

Eric Christenson

On his brand new debut album as Cold Country, rapper Steven Lundy isn’t pulling any punches. The album, titled Life As A Drifter: The Love & Hate Project finds Lundy raw and unrelenting behind the mic. From harsh breakups to lonesome nights, Lundy uses dark imagery and lightning fast ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Hard-Earned Perspective

Eric Christenson, photos by Serena Wagner

Sayth and North House take art rap into the future

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Renowned Musical Teamwork

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

Sue Orfield teams up with Ellen Whyte for CVCTV show

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Brian Bethke shares new album, Ghost Songs

Eric Christenson

Local singer-songwriter Brian Bethke has a brand-new album out this month called Ghost Songs. Before this album came together, Bethke was really starting to feel the mundanity of songwriting, but when he ceded some creative control to Evan Middlesworth at Pine Hollow Studios ...

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | August 2015

Eric Christenson

UW-Eau Claire’s activities commission just announced the brand new Local Aire Music Festival, a one-day concert event on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Ojibwe Ballroom in Davies Center on campus, featuring some really awesome music acts with Eau Claire ties and roots ...