Justin Vernon is finally turning his idea for a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire into a reality. According to the Current, the Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival received permits for a two-day event on July 17 and 18. As described in the permit application, the event would be "a world ... More >>
Many musical rivers to cross in these coming days. Jimmy Cliff at First Avenue on Thursday will be a featured part of it. This week in the Twin Cities begins with The Eagles at the Target Center while Iron & Wine plays across the street at First Avenue. Thursday, Portland-based Typhoon makes an ... More >>
The media blitz for Polica's second album is in full swing this week. Today, the group dropped a new single from the forthcoming Shulamith, which is due October 22 via Mom Pop.Much like the earlier song, "Tiff" featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, "Chain My Name" is aggressive. The difference, howe ... 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 the strikingly gorgeous new video for the Ocean Blue's soaring new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" which was deftly directed by vete ... More >>
Polica With Ronia and Night Moves First Avenue, Minneapolis Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Channy Leaneagh is a dancer. She is an animated stage actor and makes eye contact with an audience as a whole as if it were one person. That's all in addition to Polica's intoxicating musicality. Listening to the ... More >>
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 >>
From Big Cats to Chastity Brown, local gems showcased their talents
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 >>
"Minneapolis was one of the highlights of my entire life, and my last show in the city was at the Varsity in 2009. I am sort of daunted by the idea that I have to one-up that experience," divulges Kathleen Edwards. The Canadian singer will be back in town on Friday evening -- for a rescheduled show ... More >>
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Chris Porterfield might be considered something of a late bloomer. Never regarding himself as anything more than a "background player" in DeYarmond Edison (the early '00's band he shared with Justin Vernon and Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Paul Westerlund of Megafaun), Porterfield did what a lot of arti ... More >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
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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?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
When experimental electro-dub artist James Blake made his Minneapolis debut at the Entry this past May, he made sure to note how thrilled he was to be at the venue "where Prince played," joking that he was disappointed he wasn't playing in the iconic Mainroom. So when Blake returned just four sho ... More >>
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The three musicians of Megafaun hardly need an introduction around these parts. In addition to being familiar faces in the live formation of Gayngs, brothers Phil and Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund have a long history with fellow Eau Claire native Justin Vernon, having formed Megafaun immediately f ... More >>
Courtesy of Chris Rosenau89.3 the Current listeners won't have trouble finding something to do this Saturday: between the Horrors at the Triple Rock and the Rural Alberta Advantage/All Tiny Creatures at First Avenue, there's plenty of reason to head downtown. Both the RAA and All Tiny Creatur ... More >>
Courtesy of the Daredevil Christopher WrightThere must be something in the water out there in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Justin Vernon has seen his popularity skyrocket recently coming off the release of his sophomore effort Bon Iver, Bon Iver, an album chock full of layered falsetto and choirboy ... More >>
VisionquestThe [insert]sphere was alight with excitement yesterday at the news -- the tweet, really -- that Bon Iver and James Blake will be collaborating together within Justin Vernon's casual affair he calls the Fall Creek Boys Choir. Our Music Editor Andrea Swensson said yesterday: "It's uncle ... More >>
Bon Iver may be invading every inch of our Twitter feed right now, but Justin Vernon and his band weren't the only area artists to appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week. On Monday night, Minneapolis-based R&B group Mint Condition brought their smooth jams and dapper fashion sense t ... More >>
Alan Lomax was the principal documentarian of of southern roots music, culminating in the release, fifty years ago, of Sounds of the South, a keystone in American musical history. Last fall, an improbably good band played some selections from his defining collection and...wow.
Photo by D.L. AndersonBon 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 >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Photos by Cindal Lee HeartHorse Feathers with Anaïs MitchellNovember 3, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisOn a seemingly quiet Wednesday evening in Minneapolis, there was a lot of noise going on down at the Cedar. A subdued and simple kind of noise, but enrapturing nonetheless. Horse Feathe ... More >>
illustration via DaytrotterI know, I know. Gayngs this, Gayngs that. It's not our fault they continue to murder it. And this is especially notable for the beautiful rendition of Sade's "By Your Side" they recorded at Chez Iver, Daytrotter in tow (and the footage of them performing it live in Chic ... 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 >>
photo by: Leslie PlesserYou 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 >>
The band's strength truly lies in their subtlety, with melodies often just an afterthought to mood, and those considerable talents were on full display last evening.
Extra notes and quotes from this week's cover story.
The Eau Claire natives get spiritual on their indie pop debut
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