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Eric Christenson

Managing Editor

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Taylor Swift Calls on Bon Iver for Surprise Album Out Tonight

megastar sings with Justin Vernon and worked with The National’s Aaron Dessner + more

Eric Christenson

Taylor Swift said she recorded her new surprise album, "folklore," in isolation. Who knows what isolation looks like for Taylor Swift, but it makes sense that she’d call on somebody who knows a little somethin’ about that – Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who ...

Silliness Abounds in Local Band's Streaming Series

silliness abounds in local band’s streaming series

Eric Christenson

When the Eau Claire band FMDown – Will Wall, Greg Kernkamp, Andrew Liss, and Joe Gunderson – gets behind the lens of a video camera, it’s safe to say you never know what you’re about to see ...

Music Quick Hits | July 22, 2020

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Them Coulee Boys are back with a new single called “Idiot,” taken from the sessions recording their latest full-length Die Happy at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota. The band worked with producer ...

Country Fest Plans Star-Studded Lineup for 2021

Eric Christenson

Earlier this summer, as big gatherings – music festivals in particular – were announcing cancellations left and right, Country Fest in Cadott fell in line, moved beyond the lost cause that is 2020, and announced dates for 2021 ...

FMDown Goes Behind the Camera for Streaming Series ‘Live & Alone’

Rock n roll, apple shampoo, silliness abound for the 12-episode series ...

Eric Christenson

When the Eau Claire band FMDown – Will Wall, Greg Kernkamp, Andrew Liss, and Joe Gunderson – gets behind the lens of a video camera, it’s safe you say you never know what you’re about to see. To complement ...

Country Road, Take Me Home: Ben Shaw Packs It Up in New Video [WATCH]

The singer/songwriter's new video for 2018 song "Get The Hell Outta Here" is a massive local collaboration

Eric Christenson

In a brand-new music video, songwriter Ben Shaw is packing up his 1955 Dodge pickup truck and leaving this old town in his dust. “Get The Hell Outta Here” is the closing track to ...

Pablo Center Unveils Virtual Concert Series, ‘Pablo Streams’

five concerts, 11 artists coming to you live for the next five Thursdays

Eric Christenson

Tonight marks the first installment of “Pablo Streams,” a new virtual concert series put on by Pablo Center at the Confluence. Five concerts, eleven artists, eight camera angles ...

UNITED RELIEF: Chippewa Valley’s Grassroots Effort Aids Minneapolis

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Minneapolis burned in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by city police just weeks ago and protests, riots, and uprisings spread throughout the country, it left a lot of vulnerable folks in the city displaced. Family businesses ...

Toss a Disc (and Toss Your Cares Away)

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As far as socially distant activities go, there’s not much out there like disc golf. Enjoy your wooded surroundings as you toss discs far ...

Slake Your Summertime Thirst With Some Local Beer

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If your jonesin’ for a local brew, you’re in luck because our local breweries are still making some great beer, and getting it to the people via creativity ...

Roll Your Hungry Belly Up to a Food Truck

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While restaurants are slowly opening back up, food trucks are taking center stage from their mobile eateries all over The Valley. You’ll find all ...

Hook Up With Some Fish Fry

Eric Christenson

That most iconic Wisconsin traditions – the frying of fish – is shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic, but fish fry finds a way. There are some awesome take-out options ...

Up for a Road Trip? Two Words: Pizza Farm

Eric Christenson, photos by Rachel Worthing

Midwestern farms converting themselves into gourmet pizza parlors across the state? We love to see it. Farms have found a new way to use their ...

Hungry? Then Drive Up and Grub Down

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Nothing screams summer like malts and burgers car-hopped right to your window. For all the throwback ’50s vibes, tasty treats, and sweet rides, look ...

Keep It Fresh at These Local Farmers Markets

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Gosh, there’s nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday (wow, never thought I’d say that), grabbing a tote bag, and heading to the farmers market ...

Take Some Time to Hit the Trails

Eric Christenson, photos by Taylor Smith

Hit the trails this summer, feel the breeze, and see the sights with some of the Chippewa Valley’s greatest routes. Our trail ...