Bon Iver books Orpheum gig and takes over Colbert Report, mainstream consciousness

Has anyone declared this national Bon Iver Day yet? Might wanna think about that. Hot on the heels of yesterday's 9.5 rating from Pitchfork and appearance on last night's Colbert Report, the Justin Vernon-led project is dropping their sophomore record, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, to a deafening roar of feedback today. 

To coincide with the album's release, the band has revealed its first Twin Cities date in three years this morning: Bon Iver will play the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 7. Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards -- who also happens to be Justin Vernon's girlfriend -- will open, and tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.

Bon Iver's segments took up a large portion of last night's Colbert Report, and the band helped him kick off a week of musical performances that he's dubbed "Dr. Pepper Presents StePhest Colbchella '011: Rock You Like A Thirst-icane" that will also bring Florence and the Machine, Jack White, and Talib Kweli to the show this week.

Here's Colbert interviewing Justin Vernon:

Bon Iver performing "Calgary" on the Colbert Report:

And an online-only bonus video of the new nine-piece configuration of Bon Iver playing a stunning rendition of perhaps the band's best-known song, "Skinny Love":

For more Bon Iver action, tune into Jimmy Fallon tonight for another televised performance. And for now, let us once again revel in the beauty of Bon Iver, Bon Iver's cover art, designed by local artist Gregory Euclide: