This morning, Bon Iver took another big step toward becoming some kind of mainstream cultural institution, as a rumpled and freshly-shorn Justin Vernon, who should really consider growing the beard back, took to the stage at Ellen, performing “Towers” on TV and “Michicant” as a web-only bonus. Colin Stetson’s gargantuan saxophone is not a thing I ever expected to see on daytime network television, but there it is. The band sounded magical, of course. Watch both performances below.
Vernon’s face when confronted with Ellen: An amazing thing.