Bon Iver

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    April 23, 2014
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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Justin Vernon: Not sure what I or the world needs from Bon Iver anymore

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Polica simulate waterboarding torture in "Tiff" video, title new album Shulamith

    This new Polica video for the group's "Tiff" collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is quite a brutal one. In it, singer Channy Leaneagh subjects her captive to beatings by hammer and fist, and there's even a simulation of waterboarding torture. According to press materials, she describes this ... 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

    January 25, 2013

    Bon Iver's records both certified gold in the same week

    After a lengthy and highly successful world tour over the past year and a half (including a memorable show at the Orpheum in late 2011), things have finally started to quiet down a bit in the Bon Iver camp. But that doesn't bring an end to the steady stream of accolades and musical achievements that ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Local Frames: New videos from Liars, the Japhies, Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Bon Iver announces winners of remix contest

    When it was announced back in August that Bon Iver was holding a remix contest for the songs featured on the Grammy-award winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver, bedroom musicians and talented musical alchemists from around the globe all had visions of winning the $1,000 prize, as well as having their mix inclu ... More >>

  • 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

    August 31, 2012

    The Bon Iver remix contest has 1,617 entries: Our picks

    See Also:Bon Iver announces remix contest Early this month, Grammy winners Bon Iver decided to harvest the stems to the ten songs on the Bon Iver, Bon Iver and present them to the remixing public for a contest. The creators of the best remix of each song will each bank $1,000 for their efforts and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon writes songs for 25-member Silver Lake Chorus

    See Also:Bon Iver announces remix contestBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepBon Iver's Justin Vernon is like an endless pool of songwriting talent, all heartbreaking and beautiful. As much as we hate admitting it, everything the man touches turns to gold. Heartbreaking, beautiful, gloriou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" and sentimentality under The Believer's scope

    See Also:Bon Iver book Radio City Music Hall residency, unveil Bjork coverBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepThe yearly tradition of The Believer putting out a music issue is upon us once again. As in years past, the McSweeney's flagship magazine of profound thought has pulled together an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Saxophonist Colin Stetson performs free at the Walker tonight

    Related:Bon Iver's Sean Carey on Hoyas and why he didn't get a GrammyThe Walker Art Center has been on fire with amazing music this year and it ain't all just about Rock the Garden. In fact for those who know it's just as "in" to be "out" the Walker has consistently showcased fantastic experimental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Bon Iver erotic fan fiction hits Tumblr

    This won't be the first or last time that pictures of a famous man are paired with funny captions simulating fantasy situations. Ryan Gosling certainly got his due recently. But is the world really ready for Bon Iver erotic fan fiction on Tumblr?

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    Bon Iver at Coachella, 4/21/12

    By Molly BergenBon Iver Coachella April 21, 2012 See also: *Our Complete Coachella Coverage *Bon Iver - The Shrine Auditorium - 9-19-11 Better than...trying to dance off your sunburn. Flickering strands of glowing balloons swayed gently over the polo fields as the crowd drew in for Bon Iver's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Ellen DeGeneres: Bon Iver is one of the most brilliant bands

    Related:Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Astronautalis form band, record albumBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornThe rise of our folk-rock neighbor Bon Iver continues with a milestone that many of the most successful bands never touch: Daytime television. Yes, today marks Justin Vernon a ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Bon Iver's "Towers" video has towers in it

    ​The video for Bon Iver's "Towers" is strikingly similar to the "Holocene" clip. There's nature, there's cinematography, and there's white people dressed in rugged clothing out of an Orvis catalog. For the already converted, this is another sweeping example of the sweeping power of the sweeping Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Bon Iver curses, but Bonny Bear is deadly (VIDEO)

    Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.​The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Did Bon Iver back out of Grammys' Etta James tribute?

    ​The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    The Pines' "Cry, Cry Crow" video has a few casualties

    ​A mysterious black feather and other items with symbolic possibilities aplenty figure in prominently into the new, moody "Cry, Cry Crow" video from Midwest folk act the Pines. Our star is a ginger-haired girl -- who should totally meet the L.L. Bean-clad loner boy in Bon Iver's "Holocene" video - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Bon Iver's Grammys poster is far worse than Skrillex's

    A small portion of the ugliness.​The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Bon Iver ninth-best in Pazz & Jop 2011 Poll

    ​Bon Iver's Bon Iver was obviously a bit of a local success story, and we rightfully felt the need to put his bearded, thoughtful mug on our cover last fall. (Read Andrea Swensson's cover story here.) Our beloved sibling paper the Village Voice showed some serious (but not ultimate) dedication to ... 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 27, 2011

    Best nationally released albums of 2011

    ​It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Bon Iver at the Orpheum, 9/6/11

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Bon Iver September 6, 2011 Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis At this point, anything I might be able to say about Justin Vernon and his music, known as Bon Iver, might seem redundant. With the notorious local success story--Vernon released his first album, For Emma, back i ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2011

    Bon Iver isn't afraid to be beautiful

    Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Bon Iver at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, 7/22/11 and 7/23/11

    Bon Iver with the RosebudsJuly 22 and 23, 2011Riverside Theater, MilwaukeeWith Bon Iver's sophomore album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, sitting at #2 on the Billboard charts and the band receiving heaps of positive press and selling out venues across the country, it seems a tad unnecessary to jump to their d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Bon Iver Day declared in Milwaukee as band kicks off tour

    Photo via the Milwaukee Bucks​Aside from a few late-night TV stops, Bon Iver has yet to christen their sophomore album, the much lauded and hotly debated Bon Iver, Bon Iver, with a proper live show. That will all change this weekend when the band takes up a two-night residency at the Riverside The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Bon Iver add second Orpheum Theatre date

    ​Tickets haven't even gone on sale yet, but the Orpheum Theatre has already decided to tack on another Bon Iver show this September. The band, whose buzz has reached critical mass this week with the release of their second album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, and tour of the late-night TV circuit, will now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

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

    Photo by D.L. Anderson​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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    'Bon Iver, Bon Iver' leaked by iTunes: What happened?

    ​Late last week, Reddit broke the news of Bon Iver's sophomore album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, leaking (flooding) to the internet. A snafu somewhere along the many-linked chain of digital distribution ultimately caused Apple to make the entirety of the record available for purchase instead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Bon Iver's "Calgary" finds Justin Vernon living in a post-Auto-Tune world

    Photo by D.L. Anderson​Bon Iver offered up the first taste of Bon Iver, Bon Iver today with "Calgary," available as a download on their website and streaming in a shareable widget below. In this day and age, it's a feat in and of itself that the band has managed to get this close to their album re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Bon Iver announce release date, track listing for new album

    Photo by D. L. Anderson​Bon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2010
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    August 6, 2010

    Whose kitten is this?

    ​Here's a little Friday fun for our readers: We've noticed that folks in the Twin Cities music scene have some pretty goddamn adorable pets. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, we now have the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of a musician's life, right down to the animals who share th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Gayngs touring this fall, playing Austin City Limits

    photo by: Leslie Plesser​You thought that was the last you'd hear or see of them - the outfit planning, the Prince sighting, the napkins. Gayngs is apparently far from over, which isn't surprising considering the invaluable press they've received and the warm critical reception to the record (Pitc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Gayngs finally release first preview track (mp3)

    Download the first track off the Midwest supergroup's forthcoming LP.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Stream Bon Iver's finale concert (ever?)

    Stream audio from what could prove to be Bon Iver's final performance ever.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Bon Iver continue their amazing journey

    What a difference a year and a half makes.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joins Sarah Siskind at the Cedar

    Vernon was a surprise guest last Saturday night at the Cedar.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Bon Iver at First Avenue

    boniverthumb.jpgWith each return to Minneapolis he seems to snowball more and more fans, and Friday night's show at First Avenue proved that Bon Iver is capable of selling out and mesmerizing a room of over 15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 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

  • Feature

    January 2, 2008
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