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by Andrew Sacher

Repave

As mentioned, Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the members of Collections of Colonies of Bees) are releasing their sophomore album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. We heard a little clip of it in the album trailer, and now they've revealed the full song, titled "Byegone." From the sound of things, this is already shaping up to a stronger album than Volcano Choir's debut. Check out the new single below.

Volcano Choir will bring their tour to NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "listen to a new song from Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir"

shulamith

You may have already heard new Poliça track, "Tiff," that features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. That song is from their new album, Shulamith, which will be out later this year, date TBA. That's the cover art above, you can check out the tracklist below and the lyrics to all the album's songs are up on Poliça's website. The band just released the video for "Tiff" which was directed by Nabil (Kanye, Bon Iver, James Blake) and finds singer Channy Leaneagh at odds with herself. It's intense and you can watch it below.

Maybe you caught Channy last night (6/10) at Mercury Lounge where she made a surprise appearance with Marijuana Deathsquads (like we said she would) which also featured both of Poliça's two drummers. Did you go to that show? How was it?

Poliça, who also just played Governors Ball, will next visit NYC opening for The xx at their recently-announced show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets go on presale Wednesday (6/12) at 10 AM and the password is "coexist."

All Poliça tour dates are listed, along with the "Tiff" video and album tracklist, below.

Continue reading "Polica announce new LP and release video for song w/ Justin Vernon ++ presale code for Radio City show with The xx"

by Andrew Sacher

Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver at Angel Orensanz in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Justin Vernon

Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the members of experimental band Collections of Colonies of Bees) have announced that they'll release the followup to their 2009 debut, Unmap, this year. The new album is called Repave, and it's due out on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. The band just revealed an album trailer for the new record which features about two and a half minutes of new music, and it's sounding like some pretty great stuff. Check it out below.

Volcano Choir will also be supporting the new album with a short North American tour after its release which hits NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates. go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/29) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the album trailer, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir announce new album & tour (listen to a clip from the new LP)"

The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Town Hall, 5/17/2013 (via @danatrixieflynn Instagram)
Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama tour hit NYC on Friday (5/17) at Town Hall with Betty LaVette. The group have just announced they've signed with Sony Masterworks who will release their new album this fall. "We are thrilled to be on our new label, and we have a real surprise on the way with this new album. I think it's the coolest thing we've ever done," says 80-something singer Jimmy Carter who is the last original member still touring with The Blind Boys. That surprise, or at least one of them, is that Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will produce the album. Special guests are promised too and we'll just have to wait to find out what's in store.

In the meantime, Blind Boys of Alamaba's tour rolls on. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Blind Boys of Alabama on tour, played Town Hall; Justin Vernon producing their new album"

River to RiverRiver to River

Apparently it's NYC Outdoor Free Show Announce Day. Following Hudson River Rocks, Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots updates comes the 2013 River to River Festival line-up. This year's fest runs from June 15 - July 14 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences" across a number of outdoor stages. Among this years' free events:

The annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens on 6/16 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and features Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Talk Normal, Talea, Shara Worden, Yungchen Llamo, and more.

Laurie Anderson will perform two nights at Rockefeller Park on June 18 & 19 with guests Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang and others TBA.

Ecstatic Summer 2013 which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29 & 30. Members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more will perform commissioned works by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky.

So Percussion and Joshua Light Show team up on July 13 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

The legendary Leon Russell will perform at Rockefeller Park on July 10.

There's also a presentation of of Foetus frontman JG Thirlwell's "cinema for the ears" album, Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom at Tribeca Cinemas on July 11.

Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...

Continue reading "2013 River to River Festival lineup announced (Laurie Anderson, Ecstatic Summer, Leon Russell ++ more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin (more at BV Chicago)

Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is underway and streaming live. if I had to choose a theme musically for day one (Friday), it would have to be new, solo and side projects. The NY Times agrees...

Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.

Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.

There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).

UPDATE: Day Two pictures are HERE and Day Three pictures are HERE.

Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2013 Day 1 photos (Stone Roses, Blur, Trent Reznor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Divine Fits, Sparks, Johnny Marr, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Shouting Matches

It's probably not news to fans of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon that he is a man of many collaborations. Just ask Kanye West, James Blake, St. Vincent, or the guys in Collections of Colonies of Bees, to name a few.

Another of his many collaborative projects is The Shouting Matches, a blues rock duo which features Justin on guitar/vocals and Brian Moen (of Peter Wolf Crier and Laarks) on drums. They formed pre-Bon Iver, but regrouped this year (and the lineup now includes Phil Cook, who played with Justin in DeYarmond Edison and is also in Megafaun) for their first official full length, Grownass Man. The album's rooted in classic American blues but played with the distorted take on that rich history that became popular with groups like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and has been revived pretty strongly recently by guys like Jack White and The Black Keys. Grownass Man is due out on April 16 via Middle West, but you can listen to it in its entirety now on NPR.

The Shouting Matches' only upcoming dates scheduled at the moment are the two Coachellas that happen this weekend and the one after that. The Shouting Matches play on the Fridays (April 12 & 19), so if you're headed to that festival, it's worth checking out their set.

Watch a video of the band performing live as a duo in 2010 below...

Continue reading "Justin Vernon's side project The Shouting Matches releasing LP (stream it), playing Coachella"

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Even though The Flaming Lips have a new album, The Terror, whose release date got pushed back to April 16, the band are still releasing videos from last year's The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Like the new clip for "Ashes in Air." In it, an eye-headed alien finds a baby (who looks a little like Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who sings on the track), visits some hippies (naked, of course) and takes the little guy back to his spaceship for dinner. Check it out below.

Continue reading "watch the Flaming Lips' video for "Ashes in the Air" featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon"

Alex Collier
Alex Collier

Charleston, South Carolina musician Alex Collier records modern classical/church organ renditions of pop songs with The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra and they released their album, King of Instruments, this past October which featured covers of Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Usher, Coldplay, and others. The album was recorded in a church with Alex on organ anmd we've got two videos of them performing Frank Ocean's "Bad Religion," and Bon Iver's "Perth," which are making their premieres in this post. You can watch them below.

Continue reading "watch Alex Collier & the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra perform classical covers of Frank Ocean & Bon Iver in a church"

by Klaus Kinski and Tig Notaro

Tig

Tig Notaro is a living super hero and I was so thrilled that she took the time to do a Top 10 for us. Even though Tig was previously an LA-based comedian, over the years we here at BV have admired her and always did what we could to trumpet her greatness to you, the loyal BV reader. We even managed to get her onto a BV-SxSW show back in 2010.

More recently, perhaps you caught her at The Dave Hill Explosion at the UCB Theater back on November 29, 2012? Or perhaps you caught her at the Bell House on November 17, 2012 when she brought her live podcast Professor Blastoff to a live, sold out audience? If anything, I sincerely hope you ponied up and bought her Louis CK-released live album which is absolutely brilliant, heart-wrenching, and totally inspiring. Oh, but just a heads up; Tig Notaro: Live is no longer available on Louis CK's website! Now you gotta procure that shizz on iTunes, brah. Tig is spending a lot more time in NYC these days, so keep your eyes on BV for whatever Tig news comes our way. In the meantime, enjoy her eclectic, not-necessarily-music-oriented Top 10 list, below.

Continue reading "Tig Notaro's Top 10 of 2012"

Most Wanted autograph
Insane Clown Possue

The Insane Clown Posse is suing the FBI because "Juggalos were unjustly called a gang in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment."

Speaking of juggalos, you know that Throbbing Gristle Nico tribute we posted about? Genesis P. Orridge has some qualms with it being called a TG release and has gotten in a Twitter fight with Chris Carter over it. Pitchfork has all the gory details.

How was your Yom Kippur? Did you fast? Drink coffee? Gothamist editor Jake Dobkin spent his holiday live blogging his experience with caffeine suppositories.

Honey Boo Boo will be (in your) home for the holidays.

Voxtrot's Ramesh is funding a new album via Kickstarter.

Grizzly Bear scores #7 on the Billboard chart (beat only by Pink, Kanye, The Killers, Dave Matthews, Little Big Town and the unstoppable Carly Rae Jepsen).

Check out pictures from Grizzly Bear's recent Radio City show, and the pictures we posted earlier today from ATP.

'PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom,' the book we told you about already, is available now for your e-reader.

Coming soon to a cool coffee table near you: '80s punk photo book We Got Power! Till then check out our photo gallery excerpts.

Portland stoners Red Fang have released the new single "Crows In Swine" which is currently available for purchase. Check that out at Soundcloud and check out a tour documentary below.

If you're near Texas on October 4, we'd like to invite you to Dana Falconberry's LP release party. if you're in NYC on October 18, we'd like you to experience Texas in Manhattan.

CMJ is three weeks away. We're still tired from SXSW!

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI; Grizzly Bear goes Top 10; Throbbing Gristle Twitter fight; Elliott Smith, Ramesh + more"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bon Iver / Frank Ocean @ Angel Orensanz 9/24/2012
Bon Iver
Frank Ocean

Following their respective Radio City and ATP NY appearances, Bon Iver and Frank Ocean played the intimate, ornate LES space Angel Orensanz last night (9/24), a surprise RSVP-only affair presented by Vitamin Water/Fader. The lines for the show wrapped around the block and only a fraction of people who RSVPed actually got in, but those who did were treated to hour-long sets from both performers.

Bon Iver is taking a break from touring for a while after nearly two years of constant activity, but recent reports of his retirement appear to be greatly exaggerated. We previously posted a picture Frank Ocean's setlist. More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver played Angel Orensanz with Frank Ocean (pics)"

Bon Iver at Radio City - 9/20/12 (via Bon Iver Instragram)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver, who just wrapped up a four-night run at Radio City has been revealed as one of the two acts for the last show in FADER and Vitamin Water's #uncapped series, which happens in NYC TONIGHT (9/24) at Angel Orensanz (172 Norfolk St). Spots are very limited and RSVP is open now. If you've been following along, you know that for these shows, FADER and Vitamin Water partner two different artists together. Any guesses on who the other act will be? (hint: Frank Ocean who played ATP Friday night)

The archive of Bon Iver's Radio City show from this past Friday (9/21) is now streaming at the Bowery Presents YouTube Channel for the next 48 hours.

The Uncapped flier is below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver and ???? are playing FADER & Vitamin Water's #uncapped series in NYC tonight (RSVP is open)"

by Andrew Sacher

Bon Iver at Radio City - 9/21/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Bon Iver

"Cool!" exclaimed Justin Vernon, as 6,000 or so people tremendously applauded for the third (9/21) of four Bon Iver shows at Radio City, in the same awkwardly humble manner he said, "sweet hookup," when he won Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys. As massive as Bon Iver continues to get, Justin's sense of modesty never seems to fade. He even still prefaces "The Wolves" with asking the crowd to join in on "what might've been lost" (I think by now it's safe to assume they would regardless). I guess it's what they say: you can take the boy out of the abandoned cabin the woods, but you can't take the abandoned cabin the woods out of the boy. (They say that, right?)

From the opening notes of "Perth," the band's atmospheres took over Radio City, and in typical Bon Iver fashion, their command over the audience didn't let up once throughout the show. Their pre-encore set included all of 2011's excellent Bon Iver, Bon Iver, with the only For Emma, Forever Ago song being "Creature Fear" (whose reworked live version fits best with the newer material), and the rest of that album's inclusions were saved for the encore. My personal highlight of the show was "Woods," the only song of the set I've never personally seen them perform before (and not a song they play often). Justin performed the song solo with just a mic and vocal manipulations. And like James Blake, who is perhaps most directly influenced by "Woods" than any other Bon Iver song, Justin did a pretty great job of keeping the room dead silent on those pauses, save for a few "woohoos!" here and there.

In this fast moving internet world, excitement for bands tends to rise and fall pretty quickly, and if it's been a while since they've released anything, tour announcements will inspire comments like "people still listen to this band?" We need constant reminders that a band is good, create absurd expectations for most of them, and will jump at any opportunity to decide an artist we love isn't good anymore. When Bon Iver decide to stroll through NYC for four Radio City shows over a year after their initial Bon Iver, Bon Iver tour brought them here, they continue to show that they don't fit this formula. The excitement felt throughout their entire show parallels that of the one felt upon first discovering their music.

Bon Iver's final night of the Radio City run is tonight (9/22) with Polica opening. (Folk singer Doug Paisley opened last night.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available. If you missed last night's show, did you stream it online? If you missed that stream, it will rebroadcast for 48 hours, starting this Monday (9/24) at the Bowery Presents Youtube channel. In the meantime, some fan-filmed videos and the setlist from last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver played 3 nights at Radio City; final show is tonight (night 3 review, setlist, videos & stream)"

Bon Iver @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/20/2012 (via @itsvman)
Bon Iver

We are on night three of Bon Iver's four-night stand at Radio City and you can still get tickets. If you're stuck at home (or don't live in the NYC area) but want to watch, tonight's show is part of Free Music Week at Fuse who, in partnership with Bowery Presents, are streaming it live via the Bowery Presents YouTube page. The setlists from Bon Iver's first two nights with Anais Mitchell (9/19 and 9/20) are below. Tonight's show is with Doug Paisley and Saturday's (9/22) is with Polica.

In addition, Fuse will also stream Radio City shows from Metric on Sunday (9/23) and Grizzly Bear on Monday (9/24), both through that same Fuse YouTube page.

Radio City is especially busy this week. In addition to the shows mentioned above, there's Goyte on Tuesday (9/25) (he also plays Williamsburg Park on Thursday [9/27]), AVICII on Wednesday and Thursday (9/26-27) and Jack White next weekend (9/29-30).

In other streaming news, Bowery Presents will be streaming Thursday's Two Door Cinema Club show (9/27) at Music Hall of Williamsburg through their YouTube Page.

Continue reading "Bon Iver's Radio City run continues; stream tonight's show & Metric & Grizzly Bear too"

Justin Vernon wants this image on his body

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is looking to get a tattoo based on '90s TV show Northern Exposure (which is where he got his band name) and maybe you can help? They play this week don't you know.

How did you spend your Occupy Wall Street anniversary? Possibly in temple? What are you doing tonight?

As you can see in this new set of Austin pictures, Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning has been replaced. Russ is now focusing on his solo project Rush Midnight instead.

We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.

Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.

Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).

Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Justin Vernon seeks 'Northern Exposure' tattoo; Wye Oak on Papa Roach; 'Palmer Vs. Albini' Round 2, and much more"

Bon Iver in TX in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver are on a tour now which comes to NYC this week for a previously discussed four-night run at Radio City. The run includes shows at the Manhattan theater on Wednesday (9/19) and Thursday (9/20) with Anais Mitchell, Friday (9/21) with Doug Paisley, and Saturday (9/22) with Polica. Tickets for all four shows are still available (despite the first two being sold out for a while), and we're also giving away another pair of tickets to the Friday (9/21) show. A list of updated dates and contest details are below.

You can also watch the Friday (9/21) show from the comfort of your own home as it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel. The trailer video for the stream is below.

In related news, Justin Vernon's personal trainer Jeff Rogers, who has a fitness DVD which features Justin, will be bringing his workout program to NYC while Bon Iver is here. He'll present his "Pack the Park" program on September 21 and 22 at Urban Plaza at Trump in Hudson Square (246 Spring St.) from 2-3 PM. Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited (50 people each day). The flier for the event is below.

An updated list of dates, video, and that event flier are below.

Continue reading "Bon Iver begin 4-night run @ Radio City this week, streaming Friday's show (win tix!); their fitness trainer coming to NYC too"

Polica at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Polica

As mentioned, Polica signed to Mom + Pop and reissued their debut LP, Give You The Ghost, on the label earlier this month along with a bonus EP of remixes by Gardens & Villa, Exitmusic, and others. You can now stream all of those remixes below. Also below is the official video for "Dark Star" and a video of them performing it on Jimmy Kimmel.

As mentioned, Polica will be touring this year and hitting NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall with Gardens & VIlla. But you'll be able to catch Polica in NYC even sooner than that when they open for their friends Bon Iver at Radio City on September 22. The Radio City show is one of four shows at the venue for Bon Iver, the first two (9/19 & 9/20) of which are with Anais Mitchell and the third (9/21) of which is with Doug Paisley. Tickets for both Polica shows in NYC are still available and we're also giving away a pair to the Radio City show.

A list of updated dates, streams, and videos are below.

Continue reading "Polica opening for Bon Iver at Radio City (updated dates)"

Bon Iver in Switzerland, July 19 2012 (via @boniver)

As you know, Bon Iver has four shows coming up at Radio City Music Hall, two sold out ones with Anais Mitchell (9/19 and 9/20), and two that were more recently added without openers. Well, 9/22 still has no opener, but it was announced that Canadian folk-country singer-songwriter Doug Paisley will be opening on 9/21. Tickets are still on sale for 9/21 and 9/22 and we have a pair of tickets you can win to the 9/22 show (the one with no opener announced yet). Contest details and all Doug Paisley tour dates are below.

In other DeYarmond Edison-related news, Megafaun played the Newport Folk Festival over the weekend (check out a pics and streams here), and are about to kick off a European tour with Damien Jurado. Also, Field Report (aka Chris Porterfield) recently made their NYC-debut at Mercury Lounge while on out with the Counting Crows, a tour that continues through August 10. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Doug Paisley opening for Bon Iver at Radio City on 9/21; win tickets to the show on 9/22 ++ related tour news"

Bon Iver at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Bon Iver

Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM for the recently added Bon Iver shows at Radio City Music Hall. The new shows happen at the NYC venue on September 21 and 22, after the already sold out dates on 9/19 and 9/20.

Bon Iver

Tickets to the two just-added Bon Iver Radio City Music Hall shows (9/21 and 9/22) go on presale this morning (6/28) at 10AM. (Password: "Holocene") Good luck. Regular on-sale starts Friday (6/29) at 10AM.

In other news, you may or may not have been aware that Justin Vernon designed his own line of shoes. LA Times recently took the time to review the shoe. Here's what they had to say:

And then there's the bone. Yes, the fish bone that covers the entire toe, and makes it look as though you're a messy grizzly bear without the manners or wherewithal to clean up after yourself. Who, it must be asked, walks around with fishbones on their toes? Fishermen? No right-minded man would take a single step without kicking that carcass back into the lake.

But, then, no right-minded man would go fishing in these, not even to get from the parking lot to the boat. They're salmon, and they'll get dirty. So you wear them when you drive into town on Saturday night. Perhaps, but, well, there are fish carcasses on your feet, and the minute you march into the bar you'll be pegged as a folkie by the cowboy-booted drunks.

Vernon, who is currently working on a new style of galoshes that he believes will add "a little pizazz" to morning wades through Wisconsin mud, should be admired for his first attempt at a shoe -- even if they're nowhere near as experimental as No Age's Ed Templeton-designed sneakers for Emerica. And set alongside Kanye West's new NIke Air Yeezy 2, which came out on Saturday, well, the differences are obvious. West's are brash. Vernon's are pink.

Bon Iver @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Bon Iver

As we mentioned last week, Bon Iver's two upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall are now sold out. Naturally, they just added two more. So his NYC run now looks like this:

09/19/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall ^ - SOLD OUT
09/20/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall ^ - SOLD OUT
09/21/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall
09/22/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall
The first two shows are with Anais Mitchell, as are the five other new U.S. dates just announced:
09/12/12 Providence, RI- Providence Performing Arts Center ^
09/13/12 Boston, MA- Bank of America Pavilion ^
09/15/12 Columbia, MD- Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
09/16/12 Philadelphia, PA- Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
09/17/12 Cooperstown, NY- Ommegang Brewery ^
No openers yet for the other two shows which will probably go on sale this week (stay tuned).

Bon Iver's full list of tour dates is below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver announces gigs w/ Anais Mitchell, two more Radio City Music Hall shows (updated tour dates)"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bon Iver/The Shins
Bonnaroo Day 4
Bonnaroo Day 4

Oddly enough, 73-year-old Kenny Rogers--a last-minute Bonnaroo addition several decades past from his peak hit-making days--was among the day's breakout acts. Playing for one of his youngest audiences in recent member, Rogers offered a set of hits that included "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and other songs most of the crowd had never seen live. Near the end of his show, Rogers also brought out the weekend's biggest surprise guest, cross-generational pop icon Lionel Richie, to sing on his own "Lady" and "All Night Long" (Richie considers Rogers his mentor and joined the veteran country star at SXSW this past March.) Every year The Mayor of Manchester also awards one Bonnaroo artist the keys to the city, and The Gambler received ths year's honor during an unexpected mid-set ceremony...

Bon Iver, who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands but functioned as Sunday's What Stage indie rock headliner, made a point to stretch out his songs a bit more than usual. At one point he called the audience "sunburnt," and he asked them to join him in a call-and-response jam. As more than a few artists pointed out throughout the weekend, hippiedom is still fully engrained in Bonnaroo's DNA. -[Jambands]

Pictures from the final day at Bonnaroo 2012 including Phish, The Shins, Black Lips (who play the 4Knots afterparty), We Are Augustines, The Antlers (who recently played Brooklyn), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & The Violators (who plays tonight and tomorrow) but not The Beach Boys (which we already posted) are below, alongside video of that surprise Lionel Richie appearance.

If you missed it, make sure and catch up on our coverage of Bonnaroo with pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE and our Beach Boys coverage on day 4 HERE.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 4 in pics (Bon Iver, The Shins, Kurt Vile, Black Lips, Antlers, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie & more)"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Bon Iver/The Walkmen, variations on a theme at Sasquatch - 5/27/12
Sasquatch Festival 2012 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2012 - Day 2

Experiencing live music at The Gorge is a powerful and emotional experience. It may seem unlikely, however, that The Gorge has the power to break even the most emotionally strong person down to tears. When Bon Iver performed "Skinny Love" on Sunday night, tears were not a rare sight. In fact, they were pretty common. Sasquatch! fosters an environment that will change the way you listen to music. Your favorite songs will never sound the same. New songs will become life-changing memories. [Oregon Daily Emerald]
And now the rest of our photos from Day Three (5/26) of the Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge, Washington which happened Memorial Day Weekend. (First set of Sunday pics are here.) Check out photos of Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Zola Jesus, Little Dragon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hospitality, and more below.

Pictures of Friday (5/25) are here and Saturday (5/26) are here and here. And...more Sasquatch pictures to come.

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