We Didn’t Realize We Got a Standing Ovation: Introducing Folk-Pop Duo Seasaw

It happened during the making of their second album. Melissa Golz and Eve Wilczewski were in the sound booth messing around when Eve grabbed a tambourine and threw it in the mix at the last second. “The look in your eyes tells me this is a bad idea,” were the exact words of their sound engineer. Not only would that phrase go […]

4 Worst Depictions of Wisconsin in Movie History

Let’s be honest folks, the silver screen is not always kind to Wisconsin. Sure, there are more than a few movies that do Wisconsin proud, but on the whole we’re portrayed as terrible hicks or ignored completely. But don’t take my word for it. These four movies are, for better or worse, the least realistic representations […]

Everything You Missed at Mile of Music 2014

With over 620 live performances, 35,000-45,000 people, and four solid days of original music dominating downtown Appleton last weekend, Mile of Music 2014 was loud, crazy, and utterly fantastic. If you didn’t make it down, here’s what you missed.

Falling in Love with Music All Over Again: A Songwriter Salute to Tom Petty

With almost 12 solid hours of music from noon to midnight yesterday, Mile of Music is officially in full swing. Picking out a favorite from last night is nearly impossible, but if I had to it’d definitely be The Mile Jam: A Songwriter Salute to Tom Petty. Artists Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Greg Waters, Christopher Gold, and […]

Whisky, Strings, & Contemporary Roots–The Redleg Rebellion Experience

With Mile of Music only two days away, you’ve probably heard about The Autumn Defense featuring Wilco bassist John Stirrat and The Baseball Project playing with former members of R.E.M. But have you heard about The Redleg Rebellion? A “murder gospel” group with a front man dressed like a Victorian-era snake oil salesman and hobo zombie washboard player? If […]

6 States You’d Hate Too If You Lived in Wisconsin

Before we begin, let’s be real for a second. Everyone has a right to be proud of where they’re from (go Wisconsin, WHOO!), but most rivalries are pretty dumb. Still, it’s fun to engage in some light-hearted ribbing. If you’re from any of the states on this list, please remember these are words uttered on bar stools and […]

The Candyman Can!–Crazy Sweet Candy Store Opens in Appleton

  Ever taken a stroll to downtown Appleton and been hit by a wicked sugar craving? Then we’ve got good news! Crazy Sweet, the candy store with a delicious mission statement, is officially open for business.

Making Music for Rudolph: Composer Maury Laws Reflects on 90 Years

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is not just one of the best Christmas movies, but one of the best coming of age stories period. From the heartbreaking Island of Misfit Toys to the air-splitting cry of the Abominable Snowman, this Rankin/Bass classic hasn’t lost any value after 50 years. That’s right, Christmas 2014 marks half-a-decade since […]

4 Black Friday Alternatives You Can Celebrate in Wisconsin

Some people love Black Friday—that crazy adrenaline rush that comes from beating another person to a rack of Nicki Minaj CDs—but for everyone else it’s about as much fun as getting a root canal at a Nickelback concert. (And no, that’s not fair to root canals.) Holiday shopping can be a great way to show […]

Can You Write a Book in 30 Days?– National Novel Writing Month 2013

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but could you be writing the first draft of the next Harry Potter by the end of this month? That’s the hope for everyone participating in November’s National Novel Writing Month, known simply as NaNoWriMo to fans. Creative thinkers across the world come together and try to “win” by […]