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Bon Iver Declines Grammy Performance, Collaborates With Alicia Keys

After last year’s Grammys, when Arcade Fire performed dodging Mat Hoffman bike-tricks and then immediately won the Album Of The Year award, the award show has a high standard to live up to when it comes to ridiculous and implausible but kind of awesome indie-rock performances. But even though Bon Iver got nominated for aMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Watch Bon Iver’s Grammy Commercial

The 54th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out at the Staples Center on 2/12, and while Bon Iver won’t be performing at the ceremony, the band is up for some of the night’s biggest awards, including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. That’s enough to have inspired a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 30, 2012 - 9:27 pm

Preview Flaming Lips’ Bon Iver Collab

As previously noted, the Flaming Lips are hard at work on a new collaborative album that will feature contributions from people like Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, and, apparently, Ke$ha. The band is planning to get the thing out on 4/21, in time for Record Store Day, and Wayne Coyne has bee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Bon Jovi x Bon Iver = Bon Joviver

The only real question here is how did it take this long for this to happen:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 24, 2012 - 12:34 pm

The Chieftains – “Down in the Willow Garden” (Feat. Bon Iver)

As previously reported, Voice Of Ages, the new album from the long-running Irish folk-music institution the Chieftains, features collaborations with people like Bon Iver and the Decemberists. And now we can hear Bon Iver’s contribution to the project: A take on the traditional Appalachian murder ballad “Down In The Willow Garden.” It sounds exactly like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 18, 2012 - 9:59 am

Bon Iver, Neon Indian Set For Flaming Lips Collaborative LP

The Flaming Lips spent their 2011 hooking up with various different artists; during the year, they released collaborative EPs with Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, Prefuse 73, and the Plastic Ono Band. And this year, they’re planning on rounding up a whole mess of musical peers for a whole collaborative album.

Talking to RollingMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Bon Iver To Make SNL Debut; What Should They Play?

The Justin Vernon media takeover continues. On February 4 — eight days before they’re slated to appear at the Grammy Awards — Bon Iver will serve as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, playing as a full nine-piece band. A press release claims that they’ll stick to songs from Bon Iver, Bon Iver, which sadly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 11, 2012 - 11:25 am

Justin Vernon Starts Record Label

Someone has to reissue all those lost Bonnie Raitt records! As Pitchfork reports, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has started a new label called Chigliak, named after a character on Northern Exposure. The label, an imprint of Jagjaguwar, will release new records, and it’ll also reissue albums that were “never released commercially” or were “locally… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Hype Machine Zeitgeist Compiles Bloggers’ 50 Favorite LPs Of 2011

The Hype Machine, the highly valuable MP3-blog aggregator, has given us the latest 2011 best-of list, and it’s an uncommonly democratic one. To put this particular thing together, the site canvassed the year-end lists of 403 different music bloggers, ranking the results and putting them all together into a single list. This must’ve been a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2012 - 10:04 am

Bon Iver’s Next Single Revealed

Bon Iver’s world-conquering second-album run has not ended yet. Thus far, Bon Iver, Bon Iver has yielded two singles, “Calgary” and “Holocene.” And later this month, Justin Vernon will drop the third single from the LP: “Towers.” As Some Kind Of Awesome reports, that track will be available on both 12″ and digital download, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 5, 2012 - 9:49 am

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

The 10 Most NSFW Videos Of 2011

Almost none of us are at work this week, so almost none of us are getting fired. And with the holidays coming to an end, we don’t have to keep the good-cheer veneer up for much longer. So: Time to wade into some of the past year’s sickest shit!

When she wrote herMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 27, 2011 - 2:32 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011

It’s been fun, but now it’s time to wrap up the Gummy Awards with the big final list: your picks for the year’s top 10 albums! And the final result is: You guys more or less agree with us! Every album in your top 10 appeared in our top 50, most of them near the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2011 - 11:23 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

It is the second Friday of December, which I would call the last Friday of the year that the internet has any self-respect if the internet ever had any self-respect. The year is ending, we can be real about these things! And so it is on this day of finality that Pitchfork hands down it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2011 - 11:59 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Tracks Of 2011

Today we begin rolling out the results of this year’s Gummy Awards: The only set of lists which are perfectly impervious to comment section backlash as they are voted upon by you, the esteemed Shut Up, Dude/Monsters’ Ball electorate. Up first is 2011’s Top 10 Tracks. The results may shock you! And they may not! More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Join The National Onstage

Last night, Bon Iver and the National were both guests on Q, a show on the Canadian network CBC Radio. They came together in a live session, with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon singing backup on the National’s High Violet track “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” Vernon’s backing falsetto sounds pretty great alongside Matt Berninger’s baritone, but Vernon’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2011 - 11:16 am

Bon Iver’s Workout Plan

If this clip wasn’t so earnest — sciatica is a problem, people! — I’d have a little bit more to make fun of, but the honesty and candor of the this workout DVD trailer that Bon Iver’s in for some reason freezes me out. I’ve embraced it; thanks to Justin’s workout plan, I’m the envyMore »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011 - 5:35 pm

The Avalanches Attack Bon Iver On Twitter

The Avalanches haven’t released an album in about 11 years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped paying attention. And since that album was Since I Left You, people pay attention when they make a fuss. Recently, The New York Times posted an interview with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in which Vernon essentially calls the Grammy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2011 - 12:58 pm

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments, Bon Iver Tattoos

Aren’t you just enthralled with this “Bon Iver” fellow? In case you missed his Oprah appearance, dude was born in the woods of Wisconsin to a family of deer and a Northern Exposure box set, only to be rescued by Rick Ross and nominated for 100 Grammys. [Fact check this later -Ed.] Really it’s a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 2, 2011 - 5:10 pm
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