Justin Vernon

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    October 8, 2014

    Inside Pieta Brown's Paradise Outlaw Sessions at Justin Vernon's Studio

    Pieta Brown | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, October 10 Looking right at home at Snuffy's Malt Shop in St. Paul, Pieta Brown slides into a vinyl booth surrounded by framed yellowing pictures. As she ponders the menu, she asks, "Do you think they have malts here?" An infectious laugh follows when sh ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    The secret Justin Vernon and Astronautalis project has emerged

    Two years ago, Gimme Noise reported that a whiskey-fueled weekend at Justin Vernon's April Base studio had yielded a new collaboration between Astronautalis and the Bon Iver frontman, reportedly called Jason Feathers. Their joint venture also features drummer S. Carey, producer Ryan Olson, and some ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Sharon Van Etten at First Avenue, 7/16/14

    Sharon Van Etten with Jana Hunter First Avenue, Minneapolis July 16, 2014 Sharon Van Etten set the tone for her First Avenue show long before she ever took to the stage on Wednesday night. With the release of her exquisite album, Are We There, Van Etten had collectively broken all of our hearts wit ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014
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    September 18, 2013
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    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 >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Justin Vernon might stage a festival with Marijuana Deathsquads in Eau Claire

    A couple of interviews with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas. After the push for his side project Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year -- and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows -- these conversations were t ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    The Shouting Matches at First Avenue, 8/2/13

    The Shouting Matches With Alpha Consumer First Avenue, Minneapolis August 2, 2013 Near the end of Friday's Shouting Matches show, Justin Vernon led bandmates Phil Cook and Brian Moen through the soulful "I Need a Change." The standout track from their debut full-length, Grownass Man, is ostensibly ... More >>

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    August 1, 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 kick things off with a striking new video from Volcano Choir, the adventurous pop group started by Justin Vernon and his cohorts in the Collections of Colonies ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Shouting Matches: We'd get hammered and see what happened

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Justin Vernon unveils the Shouting Matches debut, Grownass Man

    Justin Vernon's Grammy-winning run with Bon Iver has pushed his other side projects and random guest appearances to the forefront. Whether he's recording with Kanye, the Flaming Lips, or P.O.S., Vernon's involvement always seems to add an ethereal indie cache. Now comes word that Vernon's long-simm ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 16, 2012

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for Keep

    Unlike Justin Vernon's collaborator Kanye West's $350 (and rare as all hell) Air Yeezy 2, the Bon Iver signature shoe is a more-affordable one. Say hello to the fishbone-emblazoned "The Ramos," developed for Los Angeles-based shoe company Keep. Your cats will love the salmon hue!Following an Animal ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 19, 2012

    Prince & Bon Iver visit Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday Night Live

    Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.​Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Bon Iver "kind of said 'f*ck you' a little bit" to the Grammys

    ​The real reason that Bon Iver won't be performing during the Grammy Awards on February 12 has nothing to do with an ugly poster and a dusty promotional commercial. According to newly announced Sasquatch headliner and this weekend's Saturday Night Live musical guest Justin Vernon, the communicatio ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    The Bon Iver Grammys commercial is not in Kansas anymore

    ​Add another annoying item to the list of things Justin Vernon had nothing to do with leading up to the February 12 Grammy Awards. First, there was this treacherous ice sculpture of a poster, and now there's a 30-second ad trumpeting Bon Iver's involvement the We Are Music campaign yet again, feat ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Bon Iver will play first Eau Claire shows since 2008 this December

    Photo by Ben Clark​Though 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 31, 2011

    Bon Iver isn't afraid to be beautiful

    Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Justin Vernon covers Bonnie Raitt, gets interviewed by Jimmy Fallon

    Photo by D.L. Anderson​It's not often that Jimmy Fallon invites his musical guest to sit down for an interview prior to their performance on his late-night show, but the fact that he brought on Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to do just that is even more proof of how massive the release of his sophomore ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Volcano Choir at the Cedar Cultural Center, 3/25/11

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Volcano ChoirMarch 25, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIn the occasionally hyper-competitive climate of the indie rock world, claiming that you were the first of your friends to discover a band, or that you saw them way back when at some small, impossibly intimate venue, has beco ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Bon Iver set to release new record in June

    Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSW​Justin Vernon has kept mostly quiet about his next Bon Iver record until this week, focusing his energy on his side projects (Gayngs, the recent DeYarmond Edison reunion), and -- oh yeah, collaborating with one of the most fa ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011
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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW: DeYarmond Edison reunites members of Bon Iver and Megafaun at the Fader Fort

    Photos by Ben Clark​"Hi, this is our college band," Justin Vernon said after DeYarmond Edison finished their first song. "We haven't played a show in seven years until right now."

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    March 14, 2011

    Justin Vernon and Megafaun reuniting as DeYarmond Edison at SXSW

    ​A handful of Eau Claire natives are making headlines today because of a reunion show that might possibly blow minds this year at SXSW. Justin Vernon -- who famously retreated into a cabin in the Wisconsin woods to recover from a breakup with his girlfriend and his band and came out with a breatht ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Gayngs and Glasser rehearse for tour in Justin Vernon's studio

    Photos by Kevin O'Meara​Twin Cities-based conglomeration Gayngs is preparing to embark on their first tour this week, which will find them in New York City this weekend for a pair of shows and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and wraps up at the Austin City Limits festival on October ... More >>

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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 >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Justin Vernon sings the blues in the Shouting Matches

    Ever since going on hiatus from touring his Bon Iver project, Justin Vernon has gotten himself wrapped up in all kinds of crazy projects. Between recording albums in his house and singing on and mixing the Gayngs record, Vernon found time to reignite a side project with Peter Wolf Crier drummer Bria ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Q&A: Megafaun's Brad Cook

    Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"

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    February 18, 2010

    Gayngs CD-release show details announced

    The supergroup, featuring members of Bon Iver, the Rosebuds, Megafaun, Solid Gold, P.O.S, and many more will take over First Ave on May 14.

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    January 28, 2010

    St. Vincent and Justin Vernon sing "Jolene"

    The pair collaborated last weekend at a Haiti benefit in Brooklyn.

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    October 15, 2009

    Stream Bon Iver's finale concert (ever?)

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

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    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.

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    August 20, 2008

    Jeff Hanson's third album keeps him moving forward

    The low-profile local is prepared to make a splash nationally

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    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 >>

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    August 13, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Mr. Iver, a Moment of Your Time

    Scoring an interview with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is so simple a child could do it

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