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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Ben ClarkThough 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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBon 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 >>
Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by D.L. AndersonIt'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 >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon 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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzVolcano 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 >>
Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSWJustin 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 >>
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."
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Kevin O'MearaTwin 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 >>
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 >>
Here's your chance to re-live the glory of the "Last Prom on Earth" at First Avenue this past May (or, perhaps, get a clearer view of what the show was like if your memory is a bit hazy): Gayngs just debuted a new video on Pitchfork of the band performing "Gaudy Side of Town" in Minneapolis, and it ... More >>
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 >>
Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"
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.
The pair collaborated last weekend at a Haiti benefit in Brooklyn.
Stream audio from what could prove to be Bon Iver's final performance ever.
Vernon was a surprise guest last Saturday night at the Cedar.
The low-profile local is prepared to make a splash nationally
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