Phil Cook

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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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    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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    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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    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 >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Field Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk music

    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 >>

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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 3, 2011

    Megafaun at the Cedar, 09/30/11

    ​MegafaunSeptember 30, 2011The Cedar Cultural CenterThere certainly was a lot of love in the Cedar on Friday night, as Megafaun delivered a stirring 80-minute set to a supportive, enthusiastic crowd made up of plenty of family and friends of the North Carolina (by way of Wisconsin) band. Playin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2011

    Megafaun's evolution

    Wisconsin expats release excellent self-titled album

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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 >>

  • Music

    March 23, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Five nights in Austin

    Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival

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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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    April 9, 2010

    Q&A: Megafaun's Brad Cook

    Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"