Eric Christenson

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10 Socially Distant Things to Do Right Now and Not Go Crazy

Sat. Mar. 21st, 2020

A lot of us are self-quarantining right now to keep ourselves safe in a time where public gatherings, restaurants, movie theaters, and more are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chances are you’re at home with a whole lot of time on your hands, so ...

Thu. Mar. 19th, 2020

How Can We Support Artists and Venues?

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

with widespread event cancellations, artists and venues are hurting; here’s some ideas how you can help

Tue. Mar. 3rd, 2020

Graceful Transformation

Eric Christenson, photos by Kyle Lehman

Blue Swans flips heartbreak on its head through music

Ambient Inks + Bon Iver + Sustainable Merch

Wed. Feb. 5th, 2020

A cool new mini-documentary hit the inter-webs this week from Bon Iver and their Eau Claire-based merch partner Ambient Inks. The video details some of the ways Ambient is making a dedicated push to create merch ethically and sustainably, starting with their line for Bon Iver’s latest record i,i ...

Wed. Jan. 22nd, 2020

Facing the Unknown

Eric Christenson

Hemma’s latest EP sparkles in lifelong musical journey

Fri. Jan. 10th, 2020

Through the Cracks

Eric Christenson

documentary screening sheds light on trauma

Fri. Dec. 27th, 2019

Thinkin’ About Inkin’

Eric Christenson

Ambient Inks celebrates 10 years of printing and surprising growth

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Dec. 17th, 2019

Blue Ox Unleashes 2020 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Today, the Blue Ox Music Festival lineup arrived for the sixth annual fest happening June 11-13, 2020 among the trees at Whispering Pines Campground, with some cool new facets this year.

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019

Flying Together

Eric Christenson

Jack Greenwood brings together friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers on debut album

Tue. Dec. 10th, 2019

Staying Focused

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a chat with Eau Claire County board member Zoe Roberts

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

Between the Bread

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

all flavor, no filler in the sandwiches at Jay Ray’s Deli

Wed. Nov. 13th, 2019

A Family. A Tree.

Eric Christenson

We Are the Willows celebrates a decade of tunes with local show

Tue. Oct. 15th, 2019

A Bon Hiver for Eaux Claires

Eric Christenson

Ani DiFranco and more converge for winter version of Eaux Claires Nov. 21-24

Tue. Oct. 15th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | October 16, 2019

Eric Christenson

The Nunnery is the solo project of Sarah Elstran, a former local that now makes a unique brand of atmospheric looping folk a cappella from out of the Twin Cities. That special vibe is on full display ...

Thu. Oct. 3rd, 2019

Music Quick Hits | October 2019

Eric Christenson

Lo-fi pop rockers Velvet Groove surprised us with a brand new song called “I Want It” recently with an accompanying music video from ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Sep. 6th, 2019

Elton John Gushes, the Times Facetimes: Bon Iver Press Rolls In

Eric Christenson

Now that this new Bon Iver record i,i is out there in the world in every shape and form, it’s leading to some pretty great press this week. First up, a li’l ol’ paper called the New York Times did a deep dive on the song “iMi” for its video series called Diary Of A Song ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Die Happy

Eric Christenson

Them Coulee Boys level up big time for new record

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

Group Rides 101

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tired of pedaling solo? New to the game and want to get some good experience? Want to dive in to the local biking community? Try a group ride!

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Everybody, Meet Naalia

Eric Christenson

sister/brother duo’s R&B tunes are remarkably fresh

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | June 2019

Eric Christenson

Even though it’s well-established that there won’t be a traditional version of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival this summer, the Oxbeaux street concert that preceded the last two fests will return for a blockbuster third concert, now with an extra day. On August 9 and 10 ...

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2019

6 Fantastic Regional Pizza Farms (Plus 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. May. 29th, 2019

A Half-Decade in the Pines: Blue Ox Keeps Rolling

Eric Christenson

Having a music festival in the northwoods of Wisconsin in the middle of June can be a shake of the dice when it comes to the weather. In an ideal situation you’ve got sunlight beaming through the pine ...

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Blossoming Sounds

Eric Christenson

LASKA’s new EP flourishes with new techniques, but maintains sisterly magic

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Music Quick Hits | March 20, 2009

Eric Christenson

The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely just announced an intriguing gallery show for March 31 with headliner Haley Heynderickx. The Portland-based singer/songwriter’s debut 2018 album I Need To Start a Garden ...

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | March 2019

Eric Christenson

Chippewa Valley native Johanne Swanson – who makes excellent heart-wrenching tunes as Yohuna – has announced a new album called Mirroring, set to drop via Orchid Tapes on June 7. Now based in Brooklyn, Yohuna has gotten some well-deserved accolades for her first album ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Music Quick Hits | February 2019

Eric Christenson

One of the world’s finest bluegrass bands is coming to Eau Claire for a special one-night-only show at The Metro on March 6. We Banjo 3 is a foursome of prolific and exciting musicians set to whisk the night away with fantastic tunes and a good cause. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar ...