Justin Vernon is finally turning his idea for a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire into a reality. According to the Current, the Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival received permits for a two-day event on July 17 and 18. As described in the permit application, the event would be "a world ... More >>
If the memo didn't already hit home, Justin Vernon has put Bon Iver on the back burner for the time being. As we pointed out last week, a few interviews regarding the release of Volcano Choir's Repave fingered him for the status of his most well-known project, but he seemed more excited to discuss t ... More >>
It was only a matter of time before a project like the Shouting Matches -- featuring decade-plus pals Justin Vernon, Phil Cook of Megafaun and Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier - came to fruition. Initially born of boozy jam sessions in the mid-'00s, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-bred band purposely gigged ... More >>
The Eau Claire-bred band release their long-awaited sophomore album, Fiat Lux
Howdy! My name is Peter Michael Miller and I play in a band called, We Are the Willows. I've been touring and playing music under said band name for years now, and the "band" has always been somewhat of a rotating cast of musicians. Within the last year or so the band has done less rotating and w ... More >>
Minnesota and Wisconsin share a love of beer, a semi-friendly football rivalry, and a tendency towards passive-aggressive behavior. Both states are lush and green, and there's either a Bachmann or a Walker around to keep people talking.To show an extra level of kinship to Wisconsin, 89.3 The Current ... More >>
Heat caused Highway 29 near Eau Claire to buckle yesterday, creating a steep bump that allowed motorists to do their best Evel Knievel impression.One Knievel-worthy stunt was captured on video by a motorist who had stopped to simply take a photo of the buckled highway. Not realizing her phone's came ... More >>
Chris Porterfield might be considered something of a late bloomer. Never regarding himself as anything more than a "background player" in DeYarmond Edison (the early '00's band he shared with Justin Vernon and Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Paul Westerlund of Megafaun), Porterfield did what a lot of arti ... More >>
After quite a bit of speculation (and many customary fake announcements), the lineup for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival was released yesterday, with the Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg serving as the headliners. The massive music festival, held each spring on the Emp ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkThough he still calls Eau Claire home, Justin Vernon has been reluctant to perform many shows in his much-written-about hometown since his band Bon Iver achieved worldwide recognition. It turns out he was just waiting for the right time: On December 12 and 13, as somewhat of a h ... More >>
Wisconsin expats release excellent self-titled album
The three musicians of Megafaun hardly need an introduction around these parts. In addition to being familiar faces in the live formation of Gayngs, brothers Phil and Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund have a long history with fellow Eau Claire native Justin Vernon, having formed Megafaun immediately f ... More >>
Clearwater Beer Festival offers an alternative to sold-out local festsDidn't get tickets to tomorrow's Surlyfest? Missed out on Summit's silver anniversary tickets too? Maybe you're just looking to get out of town. Well, beer fans, don't despair. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has a beer festival opp ... More >>
Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP
It's been a couple weeks since my last entry and in that time, I've been less of a musician and more of a doting uncle, or a mediocre but proud best man, or a sleep walking kamikaze. Hopefully that will all make sense if you read this.
Chicago deep dish pizza!!!!!! That's basically all my brain had been able to think about for about two weeks before I played in Chicago. I got into town, and immediately found a place to get some. I ate three pieces and then I almost exploded.
A blizzard's just another excuse to play in the snow.Congratulations. You survived Snowmageddon. We've listed the Top 20 snowfall totals for the Twin Cities area below. Now you need to shovel out the car and pay attention to the Snow Emergency parking rules (we're on Day 2). Stay warm.
Photo: Ruin RaiderIt's wet in Minneapolis. But it's wetter down south.Update: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has activated the National Guard. Details after the jump. Update: An island in Wisconsin is now floating away. Video after the jump. We here in the Twin Cities are grousing about another day of r ... More >>
It's hard to know what sort of person I need to be to survive socially when in a new place. Is it important to be super duper extroverted? Maybe...but sometimes I can appear to be a little nuttso buttso when I'm like that. But if I don't take initiative to talk to folks and make friends, I'm just ... More >>
Greetings and Salutations,My name is Peter Michael Miller. I write music under the name We Are The Willows. I released an album on an Eau Claire, WI record label called Amble Down Records last November. Since then I'd been doing small tours and had been working full time for Twi ... More >>
In the clear light of day, it turns out chaining your special needs son to a pole isn't a good idea after allSong Xiong has got to be feeling the burn of karma: Last year, the Wisconsin man got caught trying to punish his special-needs son by locking him up in the basement of their Eau Claire ... More >>
The Daredevil Christopher Wright - "Stewardess" - official video - Sophie's cut from franck annese on Vimeo.Off of the Eau Claire band's 2009 debut, In Deference To A Broken Back. Read our interview with the band here.
Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"
"We got distracted," is how the cockpit crew described blowing 150 miles past their scheduled destination.
"Point Break"-style robberies will never have the edge again.
An Exaltation of Laarks strikes a tough balance
The Eau Claire natives get spiritual on their indie pop debut
We've got Mike Tyson-style human chomping, men soliciting underage girls online, fish and weed smugglers, and a whole lot of sex addictions. It's all right across the border in the cheese state.
The students said they had a plan in case one of them fell in. Smart right?
In a journey that has so far resembled a cross between a walkathon and The Straight Story, local musician Robert William Van Vranken II has been wheeling across Minnesota since June 1, raising money and awareness for injured war veterans.
A Minneapolis Woman Transforms Humble Vinegar Into Liquid Gold
A scrappy little league pitches its last run