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Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Volcano Choir wasn’t supposed to become a real band who make great albums. By this point, I’d come to understand Justin Vernon as the type of great artist who only gets around to making great art after he’s already exhausted every form of procrastination he can find. Four years separated… More »

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Volcano Choir – “Tiderays” Video

Volcano Choir may have started out as Justin Vernon’s post-rocking Volcano Choir side project, but it became its own thing quickly enough. And Volcano Choir’s second album, last year’s Repave, can hang with either of Vernon’s Bon Iver efforts. Thanks to the efforts of the 551 Project, a big event that brought a number of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 10:29 am

Osheaga 2014: Lorde, The Replacements, HAIM, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, & More

More than most North American cities, Montreal gets it right when it comes to hosting music festivals. Fortunate enough to have a setting like Parc Jean-Drapeau, located in the heart of the city, a five-minute subway ride from downtown, the Canadian city is able to pull off a music-and-arts festival like Osheaga with relative ease. More »

By: Adrien Begrand / August 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Unreleased Music From Jason Molina, Volcano Choir, Mark Kozelek Offered To Carousel Crowdfunding

Looff Carousel, which sits in East Providence’s Crescent Park, was built in 1895, and it’s a beautiful piece of machinery. And to raise money for its upkeep, Shorebird is putting together a crowdfunded multimedia initiative called Project Carousel, which includes a collection of music. In that collection, you’ll find a 7″ of unreleased Townes Va… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree

Today marks the release of S. Carey’s spectacular Range Of Light. Carey is a member of Bon Iver, and he’s worked with Justin Vernon on other projects by Doe Paoro and Astronautalis, which got us thinking: That Justin Vernon gets around! Vernon’s been a serial collaborator since before Bon Iver even entered our collective radar,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 9:56 am

Volcano Choir @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland 1/23/14

Volcano Choir stopped by Portland’s Wonder Ballroom last night to perform many of the tracks on Repave, one of last year’s best albums. In addition to most of that release, fans got to hear a couple of non-album cuts like “The Agreement.” Justin Vernon also performed the Bon Iver favorite “Woods,” which eventually descended into… More »

By: Stereogum / January 24, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Watch Volcano Choir’s Full Washington D.C. Concert

We named Volcano Choir’s Repave Album Of The Week against ridiculously strong competition back in September, and the band’s dumbfounding Fallon performance a week later was enough to make me not mind that whole Bon Iver indefinite hiatus thing. Justin Vernon and the boys are on a tear, so you’ll want to carry the lapto… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 9, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Stream Volcano Choir “Comrade” Remix EP

A few weeks ago, we gave Album Of The Week to Repave, the searingly gorgeous sophomore album from Volcano Choir, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s collaboration with the members of the Wisconsin post-rock band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. And on a new remix EP, various people involved with the band — Collections Of Colonie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013 - 9:38 am

Watch Volcano Choir Play New Song “Valleyonaire”

Last night Volcano Choir wrapped up a 10-day tour leg at NYC’s Webster Hall. Early in the set they promised they would play every song they know how to play and that included “Valleyonaire” and “The Agreement,” a couple of tunes that are not on Unmap or this year’s triumphant Repave (a recent Stereogum AlbumMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2013 - 8:56 am

Watch Volcano Choir Play Fallon

Justin Vernon’s Volcano Choir stopped by Studio 6B to be the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night. The band gave an emotive performance of Repave cut “Byegone,” after which Vernon adorably applauded his bandmates. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 11, 2013 - 10:09 am

Stream Volcano Choir Repave

In two weeks, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon returns with Repave, the second album from Volcano Choir, his project with the members of the post-rock band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. The two songs we’ve posted from Repave, “Bygone” and “Comrade,” are way prettier and more conventional than anything on Unmap, the band’s relatively experimental… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2013 - 10:11 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week we heard two major rap releases from each primary coastal city: Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris representing L.A., and New York showing up via A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord, but the mainstay of the rap conversation was Kendrick Lamar claiming territory over both on Big Sean’s “Control.” That certainly made the cut this week, along with… More »

By: Stereogum / August 16, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Volcano Choir – “Comrade”

Volcano Choir — Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s band with the members of the Wisconsin post-rock crew Collections Of Colonies Of Bees — showed a bit of a new direction on “Bygone,” the first single from their sophomore album Repave. Whereas Unmap, the group’s first album, was a prettily formless almost-ambient affair, “Bygone” is a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Watch A Short Documentary On Volcano Choir’s Repave

Volcano Choir is Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s project with the members of the Wisconsin post-rock band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, and earlier this year, they got together, for the second time, to make an album of hazy, pastoral, near-ambient music. The new album is called Repave, and “Byegone,” its first single, is a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Volcano Choir – “Byegone” Video

Volcano Choir: The rare Justin Vernon Bon Iver side project that makes it to a second album! Volcano Choir is Vernon’s project with the members of the Wisconsin post-rock band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. “Byegone,” the first single from their sophomore LP Repave, is already more concrete and accessible than anything on their 2009… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2013 - 10:37 am

Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

Things took a bit of a turn for Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) in 2009, when he premiered “Island, IS,” the first single from Unmap, his debut album with the experimental rock outfit Volcano Choir. The song strayed from the stripped-down folk melancholy Vernon had become known for, setting his vocals over a quicker, stranger… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / June 17, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Volcano Choir Repave Details

Justin Vernon and fellow Wisconsinites Collections Of Colonies Of Bees will reunite their group Volcano Choir for a second LP Repave. The follow-up to their 2009 release Unmap will feature eight tracks that have been worked on intermittently since the band’s short tour of Japan that same year and is a “cautious presentation of the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 28, 2013 - 11:42 am

Watch “Island, IS” From Volcano Choir’s First Live Show

It was back in August ’09 that we first heard “Island, IS” from Volcano Choir, the work of Wisconsin’s Collections Of Colonies Of Bees and fellow statesman and longtime collaborator Justin Vernon. They made a video for that same song, but I was more curious what the band would look like in a live setting. More »

By: brandon / November 9, 2010 - 4:10 pm
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