Eau Claire (Wisconsin)

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Why Bon Iver lyrics are tattooed to model Sar Elle's leg

    "Sold I'm ever / Open ears and open eyes... / Oh the demons come / They can subside." When we hear a song, the message that we receive may depend entirely on the space and time we are in, the moment that the sound hits our ears. Some songs cut more deeply than others. For model and photographer Sar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Vacation Dad: I want to create a modern psychedelic classic

    This Friday, the Triple Rock will play host to some impressive up-and-coming acts ready to inject some life into the glacial drag of winter. The line-up is stacked with a wide range of sounds, including the electronic grime ballads of the recently Picked To Click Pony Bwoy, the deep glitch-groove R& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with a new video from Holographic Sands, drawn from their just-released EP on Forged Artifacts, Water Bodies. We've also got new clips from A ... More >>

  • Music

    October 23, 2013

    Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard captures his creative spark

    The musician is breaking out of the pack, inspired by Neil Young

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/5-6/11

    So it's June now. Despite the cloudiness, there are actually things happening outdoors. Saturday, be sure to check out tons of local bands at Rock the Vine. Later in the evening Hollow Boys release their latest record at Kitty Cat Klub. The Minnesota Zoo will also be hosting Richard Thompson an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir announce new album, Repave

    After making their stunning U.S. live debut with a memorable show at the Cedar Cultural Center back in March of 2011, Volcano Choir (a collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Wisconsin experimental rock outfit Collections of Colonies of Bees) are keeping their fruitful musical partnership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Pedro Ayala-Leyva gets record 30-year sentence for smuggling meth from California

    On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>

  • Music

    December 5, 2012

    Solid Gold aim for a solid record

    After a four-year wait, they release the cohesive and brooding Eat Your Young

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Justin Vernon ponders walking away from Bon Iver, Radio City show streaming

    This was a memorable weekend for our border neighbor folk act Bon Iver. Justin Vernon's band just spent a recent four-night swing performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York -- and if there's not a live album somewhere lurking within all of that, we'll eat our Gimme Noise sunglasses.Also of note ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Prof launches Midwest tour dates in October

    See Also:Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)It's going to be that much harder to evade the salacious stunts of Prof this October and November as he forges out on a Midwest tour. Need proof? Over t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more

    See Also: Local Frames: New videos from the Hood Internet, the Pines, Grimes, and more Local Frames: New videos from Poliça, Paper Tiger, Sleep Study, and more Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Howler, Bloodnstuff, Astronautalis, and more As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Todd Hoffner dealt with sex photo scandal while coaching at UW-Eau Claire

    SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, allegedly shot sex videos of his own young kidsMSU-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner faces two felonies after allegedly shooting pornographic videos of his three young children. But it turns out this isn't the first time coach Hoffner has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Emmylou Harris at the Minnesota Zoo, 6/28/12

    See Also:Slideshow: Emmylou Harris, Field Report at the MN ZooField Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk musicEmmylou Harris With Field Report Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Thursday, June 28, 2012 To see Emmylou Harris perform live is a beautiful thing. Listening to her records, you hear t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Wisconsin man is so irritated by paint smell that he rams his truck into a bar door

    Alan P. Andersen of Seymour, Wis., apparently really doesn't like the smell of fresh paint. Or maybe the fumes are to blame.According to police, Andersen, 53, rammed his pickup truck into a brand-new door at an Eau Claire bar because he didn't like the smell of the new paint on the door, according t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete list

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #10-1

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #20-11Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory about Minnesota without ever becoming full-time residen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Astronautalis form band, record album

    Related:Astronautalis makes the move to MinneapolisBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornNot everyone can turn a whiskey-fueled weekend in Wisconsin into a conceptual piece of art, but that's exactly what Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis are shooting ... More >>

  • Music

    March 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Menards settles race discrimination case brought by black employees

    700 black employees alleged Menards discriminated against them.​Menards has agreed to pay about $1 million to black employees in the Midwest who claim they were passed over for promotions because of their race. Letters will be sent to the 700 former and current Menards employees affected by the ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Plans progressing for high-speed rail to Chicago

    ​Imagine hopping on a train in downtown Minneapolis and getting off less than six hours later in the heart of Chicago, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. Sound farfetched? Right now, it might, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans for a 400-mile, high-speed ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Bon Iver set to play SNL, Justin Vernon starts his own record label

    ​Justin Vernon and Bon Iver had one hell of a year in 2011. Bon Iver's sophomore album is widely considered the best album of the year, the group played well-received, sold-out shows all over the world (including a memorable two-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre), and capped it all off with f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Patricia Woodford stole ring from a corpse during funeral visitation

    Patricia Woodford doesn't like to see a good piece of jewelery go to waste. At least that's what she told police when they busted her for stealing a ring from an acquaintance's corpse this summer. Woodford, a 55-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisc., pleaded guilty to theft from a corpse charges for sw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Prof announces headlining King Gampo tour

    ​Taking a cue from Atmosphere's quick-selling second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, onetime Atmosphere tourmate Prof announced today that he will head out on a mostly regional tour next month, hitting four Minnesota stops along the way. Given Prof's wild success over the past year (he easily so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Clashed Attitudes: What goes into hosting a radio show?

    Danielle Attinella​Radio K listeners were treated to a new voice in July, when the University of Minnesota's radio station introduced Clashed Attitudes, a new punk themed show to their line-up. Hosted by students Gus and Morgan, the duo aims to present a wide spectrum of sounds, all under the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    James Vincent McMorrow at the Cedar, 9/17/11

    ​James Vincent McMorrowSeptember 17, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWith melodies both delicate and imposing, Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is one of the most surprising and unsurpassable voices of this year. His story is frequently compared to our favorite Eau Claire neigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Fall Creek Boys Choir: James Blake and Bon Iver's mysterious new collaboration

    ​Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tom Waits, who took to his Twitter account to proclaim that rumors of him releasing new music will be "set straight" next Tuesday, August 23, and is causing his fans to fly into a tizzy, James Blake and Bon Iver have revealed a very cryptic new collaboration ... More >>

  • Music

    March 23, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Five nights in Austin

    Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival

  • Music

    December 15, 2010

    Best Twin Cities albums of 2010

    Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on Kanye West

    ​Quite a few revelations abound in this fascinating in-depth report on the vibe in Kanye West's Hawaii studio during the creation of his just-released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Seriously. We can't stop chuckling about the rules Ye tacked up on the studio walls, including "No Tweeting" and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 7

    Photos by Peter Michael Miller​Greensboro, North Carolina was tubular.  There are nice folks, a nice joint called the green bean, and home to some youngster blue grass musicians that make me embarrassed to pick up a guitar ever again.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Groupon's first year in the Twin Cities - good for local eateries?

    ​Today Groupon celebrates one very successful year of business in the Twin Cities, where the company enjoys about 330,000 subscribers (as compared to 550,000 in NYC and 800,000 in Chicago). The deal-a-day voucher service has offered up around 400 group discounts via email to the greater Minneapoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Crispin unleashes its new stout-like cider, while Canterbury Downs hosts Hops and Horses this Week in Food.

    Pretty signage for a Shitty Session. ​Rustle up your chaps and cowboy boots and buckle up for a Shitty Barn Session, Hops and Horses, and Tour de Farm this Week in Food. Wednesday 8/18 Summer is fast coming to a close. Enjoy these last warm Wednesdays out on the veranda--or in a shitty bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    The National at First Avenue, 8/6/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​The NationalAugust 6, 2010First AvenueOn Friday, for the second night in a row the National played to a packed house at First Avenue. It was hot outside, and both hot and steamy inside, but nobody seemed to mind much. Since the release of their much-anticipated, almost univer ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2010

    Lookbook's young hearts run free

    Dance-pop duo headlining First Avenue for the first time

  • Music

    May 19, 2010

    Peter Wolf Crier talk record deal with Jagjaguwar

    An interview with Peter Pisano and Brian Moen

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Errant Flight 188 cockpit crew mistook Winnipeg for Minneapolis

    NTSB dumps hundreds of documents on its Web site detailing the misadventures of Northwest Flight 188.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Woman with daughter kicked off Minneapolis bus blames racism

    The bus company is responsive to her complaint, but witness reports vary.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Wis. man refused rescue from ice slab because fish were biting

    Do we even need to specify that this happened in Wisconsin?

  • News

    January 7, 2009

    Brits declare Bachmann one of top five ugly Americans

    Is our crazy congresswoman really the shame of the nation?

  • Music

    September 17, 2008
  • Music

    January 16, 2008

    Into the Wild

    How Justin Vernon ditched his life, isolated himself in a cabin, and produced an unexpected masterpiece as Bon Iver

  • Music

    May 25, 2005

    Hot Android Action

    Turning on to Digitata's blippity ballads

  • Arts

    May 19, 2004

    What The River Brought

    For years, a man who called himself Badger lived in an old broke-down van while creating a monumental work of public art. Then, something went wrong down on the Mississippi.

  • News

    May 29, 2002

    Mind Over Matter

    The only thing that could stop weightlifter Stacie Blaskowski from winning a third national title is Stacie Blaskowski

  • Music

    September 12, 2001

    Line O' the Times

    While Poor Line Condition are pioneering live drum 'n' bass in the local music scene, their audience just likes to watch

  • Books

    December 27, 2000

    Offensive Line Man

    Writer Jeff Johnson stretches the truth and covers the spread

  • Books

    August 16, 2000

    McChump Change

    A day at the track with the P.J. O'Rourke of horseracing

  • Restaurants

    April 12, 2000
  • Arts

    March 10, 1999

    Mexican Radio

    From a supermarket in St. Paul, Radio Rey brings Spanish-language broadcasts to the Northern plains

  • News

    May 21, 1997

    Out with a Whimper

    The education bill's dead; long live the education bill

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