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Watch Bon Iver Perform “Michicant,” “Towers” At Jazz Fest 2012

The weekend before last, Bon Iver played at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and the festival organizers recently uploaded crystalline, professional videos of a couple of songs from the set. We’ve seen a lot of Bon Iver videos since he started touring behind Bon Iver, Bon Iver about a year ago, but they rarely sound… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Kanye West – “Lost In The World” Video

Kanye collaborated with filmmaker Ruth Hogben to make the clip for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s “Lost In The World,” a black-and-white visual reliant on simple, but effective, imagery. It probably won’t go down as one of his most memorable clips — it’s not like the timing helps, either — but, you know, it work… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 4, 2012 - 10:59 am

The Voice Semifinalist Sings Bon Iver

The second season of The Voice, NBC’s shockingly successful answer to American Idol, is coming to a close. I didn’t watch this one, because nobody paid me to write about it, but I did get paid to write about the first season, and I thought it was pretty good. The thing where contestants have to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2012 - 9:44 am

Tumblr Of The Day: Bon Iver Erotica

“Bon Iver woke me up this morning with 40 solid minutes of loving cunnilingus, then whistled a new song while he pulled on his Carhartt jeans.” That’s really all you need to know. But here are a few more:

“This morning we sat on the front porch in a rocking chair, I o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2012 - 9:44 am

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Watch Bon Iver Cover The Band

Yesterday, the great Levon Helm, of the band, finally lost his long fight with cancer. And last night, in a touching and classy moment, Bon Iver, onstage in San Francisco, covered the Band’s “Ophelia,” one of the songs Helm had sung. The Bon Iver horn section even nailed all the Dixieland runs from the original… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Watch Bon Iver On Ellen

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Watch Radiohead, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Azealia Banks, And More Play Coachella 2012

Coachella weekend one rages on, and last night featured sets from marquee acts like Radiohead, Bon Iver, Azealia Banks and ASAP Rocky. Their sets have been thrown up online, which you can watch below. Notable: St. Vincent plays her new song, “KROKODIL,” during her performance. Also notable: streaming sets today (all times PST) include Wild… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 15, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Justin Vernon Preps LP With Astronautalis

The Minneapolis City Pages reports that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has formed a new band with the folksy Minneapolis indie-rapper Astronautilis and that the two holed up to start recording a new album this weekend. The collaboration also includes Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson (who’s presumably the connecting thread here) and Bon Iver drummer/solo artist S. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Field Report – “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” & “Fergus Falls”

Before Justin Vernon started breaking hearts with Bon Iver, he led a band called DeYarmond Edison, which was based first in Wisconsin and then in North Carolina. Other members of that band went on to form Megafaun. But one former member, Chris Porterfield, left the band when everyone else moved to North Carolina. He’s now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 29, 2012 - 1:44 pm

The Flaming Lips & Bon Iver – “Ashes In The Air”

As previously reported, on Record Store Day the Flaming Lips will release a double LP of collaborations called The Flaming Lips And Heavy Fwends. Featured on the comp is a diverse array of folks including Nick Cave, Chris Martin, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Oko, Ke$ha, and Bon Iver, who you can hear on the track “Ashe… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 27, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Bon Iver – “Coming Down” (Anais Mitchell Cover)

In Australia recently, Bon Iver came in to do a live studio session with the Aussie radio network Triple J. And during the session, Justin Vernon did one of the things that Justin Vernon loves to do: He threw a little love to a relatively unknown indie singer-songwriter. In this case, it was Anais Mitchell,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2012 - 12:18 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a great, great week for music videos. And for some reason, a pattern emerged. To some extent, every one of the videos below is a sumptuous, richly produced vision of things that don’t make any sense at all. For the most part, these videos adapt ideas about narrative, but they don’t make their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Bon Iver – “Towers” Video

The eerie, verdant clip for Bon Iver’s “Towers” features an old man (and yes, the sea) hauling a net out into the blue. Definitely Where The Wild Things Are (the movie) vibes, like this dude is the extremely aged Max who never escaped the monster island. Since I’m starting to freak myself out, I’m going… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 27, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Watch Sleigh Bells Perform — And Justin Timberlake Impersonate Bon Iver — On SNL

A day after broadcasting their sold out NYC T5 show on YouTube, Sleigh Bells brought their Marshall stacks and tourist guitarist Jason Boyer to the considerably more intimate SNL studios across town. They played Reign Of Terror’s raucous first single “Comeback Kid” and No Doubt-y ballad “End Of The Line” and you can watch both… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2012 - 11:16 am

Watch Bon Iver’s 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session

Reluctant Best New Artist Bon Iver recently recorded a 4AD Session featuring he and collaborator/labelmate/fellow Wisconsinite S. Carey fleshing out some Bon Iver tunes (as well as his Bonnie Raitt cover) on pianos. Recorded at AIR Studio’s Lyndurst Hall, the set features spare renditions of tracks from Bon Iver and the Blood Bank EP. Watch… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 17, 2012 - 10:53 am

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It’s the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Play “Perth” With The Roots

?uestlove was throwing Twitter shots at Justin Vernon just a few months ago, but all that is long-buried. Last week, when he was in town for Saturday Night Live, the Bon Iver frontman stopped by the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon studios. As a special treat for the studio audience, he and the Roots played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Meet Justin Vernon’s Parents, Watch His New Workout Trailer

In the build up to Bon Iver’s SNL performance, Eau Claire’s WEAU TV produced a segment about Justin Vernon’s upbringing and rise to fame featuring his family and friends. And if that’s not enough Bon Iver cultural saturation for you this morning, fitness specialist Jeff Rodgers has released another trailer for his workout video featuring… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 6, 2012 - 9:36 am

Watch Bon Iver (And Kristen Wiig’s Lana Del Rey Impersonation) On SNL

With one week to go before the Grammys (at which Justin Vernon may win some big awards, but will not perform, thankyouverymuch) Bon Iver hit Studio 8H as musical guests for SNL’s Channing Tatum-hosted episode. The band played “Holocene” and my favorite song of last year “Beth/Rest,” plus Colin Stetson wore a Liturgy shirt. During… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 5, 2012 - 9:13 am
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