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Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013

The second weekend of Austin's 2013 ACL Festival went down this past Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12) (Sunday was cancelled) with the second day giving us sets from The Cure, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon's blues band), Wilco, Grimes, Junip, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts and more. Pictures of those artists (except none of Kendrick), and others from weekend 2 day 2 are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of the festival, check out weekend 2 day 1 pics here and here, and weekend 1 pics here. More of weekend 2 day 2 below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Volcano Choir at Webster Hall - 9/14/13
Volcano Choir, Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall - 9/14/2013

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a man of many projects, and over the weekend (9/14) he brought his band Volcano Choir (his collaboration with Milwaukee post-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees) to NYC for a show at Webster Hall. The band's new album, Repave is Justin's most similar album to 2011's Bon Iver, Bon Iver thus far, but rather than providing the atmospheric guitar licks like he does in Bon Iver, he left that to the COCOB guys and instead manned the controls at a podium that he stood behind for their set. In addition to the Repave material, Justin & co played two new non-album songs -- "The Agreement" and "Valleyonaire" (the latter of which you can watch a video of from their Boston date, via Stereogum, below) -- and reached back to their debut, Unmap, including a mesmerizing performance "Still" (aka Volcano Choir's take on Bon Iver's "Woods").

Keeping things close to home, as Justin likes to do, the show was opened by tourmates Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun, whose lineup includes three members that used to be in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon) and Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man, who have toured as backing vocalists for Feist, who Bon Iver shared a bill with on said tour, and also once covered). Like Vernon (and certain other friends) has done himself, the duo brought a mix of sounds pulling from both indie folk and R&B, and did a pretty good job winning the crowd over.

It was the last date on Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso's tour together, but VC will do some other dates later this year into 2014. More pictures from the Webster Hall show, along with the video of that new song and list of dates, below...

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Blind Boys

As discussed, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been working on a new album with Justin Vernon titled I'll Find a Way, which will be out via Sony Masterworks on October 1. It features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can watch a short-form documentary about the making of the album below.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will also be touring this fall. That includes a stop in NYC opening for The Black Crowes at the second their four Terminal 5 shows (October 26). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of, The Black Crowes have lined up interesting openers for all four shows:

October 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard
October 26: Blind Boys of Alabama
October 27: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
October 29: Maceo Parker
Tickets are still availble for all four shows. The band are also playing four all-acoustic nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. October 18 & 19 feature opener John Fulbright and October 21 & 22 features Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for those shows are also still available.

All Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.

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Volcano ChoirVolcano Choir

As discussed, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is releasing a new album with his other band, Volcano Choir, this year, called Repave (due out 9/3 via Jagjaguwar). After releasing two of its songs, "Byegone" and "Comrade," the band have made the album available to stream in its entirety. Listen over at NPR

Volcano Choir will be in NYC when their tour with Sylvan Esso hits Webster Hall on September 14. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams of "Byegone" and "Comrade" below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

As discussed, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the guys from Collections of Colonies of Bees are releasing their new Volcano Choir album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. After releasing one of its tracks, "Byegone," they've now let another track loose, titled "Comrade." Like "Byegone" (and the rest of the album), the new song sees Justin not straying too far from Bon Iver, Bon Iver mode, making for a nice annex of material to that album. Check it out below.

Volcano Choir are also supporting the album with a previously mentioned tour, which hits NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Opening that show (and other dates on the tour) is Sylvan Esso, the new project of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn. Their new 12", Hey Mami" // "Play It Right," is out now, and can be streamed below. Recommended for fans of another Justin Vernon-approved project, Polica, who have a similar knack for blending folk and electronic music.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

Continue reading "Volcano Choir release new song from LP; Sylvan Esso (mems. Mountain Man & Megafaun) opening their tour"

Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.

Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.

Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jim James

The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).

Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.

Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.

Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan on tour, joined by Jeff Tweedy & Jim James (watch), covered by Justin Vernon & The Blind Boys of Alabama (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Travis Scott

Rapper/producer Travis Scott (who was an XXL Freshman this year) has been seeing his career elevated lately thanks to his production contributions on Kanye West's Yeezus and the work he did on Jay-Z's Yeezus-like "Crown" from his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. He's got his own free mixtape out, Owl Pharaoh (which dropped about a month before Yeezus), and while it's still not entirely convincing that that he's got it as a rapper, you can definitely hear some Yeezus blueprints taking shape on the mixtape. Kanye himself supposedly helped out a bit, and 'Ye collaborator Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) contributes his vocals to the track "Naked."

Travis Scott was in NYC back in May when his tour with Casey Veggies hit Brooklyn Bowl. The two rappers will continue touring together later this month in the West/Southwest, but before that, Travis returns to NYC for a 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show on Tuesday (7/16) at SOB's with Trips N Slim, Apollo The Great, and Coley Bernays. Peter Rosenberg and Shani Kulture will be hosting and DJ Juanyto is providing music. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of Owl Pharaoh and some of his Kanye/Jay-Z collaborations, below...

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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"

by Andrew Sacher

Yeezus

We're still waiting til Tuesday (6/18) for one of the most anticipated albums of the year -- Kanye West's Yeezus -- to drop, but something tells us it may have surfaced on the internet a little early. Assuming what going around is the final version of the album, it's pretty consistent with Kanye's mini-rant at Governors Ball about not caring about the radio anymore; this is some of his most anti-commercial music yet. Rather than the lush string/horn arrangements he used on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the melodic R&B-style beats of 808s and Heartbreaks or the borderline-electropop of Graduation, on Yeezus Kanye is all about dark, distorted synth maximalism. On "On Sight" those synths were reportedly worked on with Daft Punk, he's got a TNGHT track on "Blood on the Leaves," and that's Evian Christ on "I'm In It."

He's pretty dark, lyrically, too and dominates most of the vocals on the record. Ye's been known to get heavy on the guest spots, but they're pretty low-key here. Not that they're coming from low-key people of course. The full version of "New Slaves" features Frank Ocean crooning at the end, a track called "Hold My Liquor" transitions from a Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) hook into a Chief Keef hook, and rumor has it that "God" appears on "I Am a God." I guess he really is talking back.

Kanye also brought in outside producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin (who just discussed the album at length) to help him out.

What may very well be the official tracklist for the album is below. Check that out and let us know your thoughts on Yeezus.

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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...

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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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Polica w/ Justin Vernon at Coachella 2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

At Coachella 2013 this past week, Polica were joined on stage by singer Channy Channy Leaneagh's Gayngs bandmate Justin Vernon (who was there not with Bon Iver, but with his side project The Shouting Matches) to play a new track, "TIff," which they've just released the studio version of. It's a great track that should appeal to any fans of their debut album, Give You the Ghost, and it probably comes as no surprise that Justin's cameo fits the song perfectly. The track will appear on their second album, which is due at some point this year. Meanwhile, you can stream it below and purchase it on iTunes. Also below are videos of Polica playing "Wandering Star" and "Amongster" at Coachella.

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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...

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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...

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DOWNLOAD: Colin Stetson - "High Above A Grey Green Sea" (MP3)

Colin Stetson w/ Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Colin Stetson

As mentioned, sax machine Colin Stetson is set to release a new solo album this year, and since we last spoke, more details on that have been revealed. The album is called New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light and it will be out on April 30 via Constellation. It features guest vocals from Justin Vernon on four tracks (Colin's been a Bon Iver member for a while now) and was mixed by Ben Frost, who also worked on New History Warfare Vol. 2. You can download the avant-garde album track, "High Above A Grey Green Sea," above or stream it below. The album art and tracklist are also below.

Colin will be supporting the album with an extensive international tour which hits NYC on May 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Most of the surrounding shows are with past collaborator Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), but no support has been announced for the LPR show yet.

UPDATE: Neufeld plays LPR too, and Rafiq Bhatia as well.

A list of all dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson releasing new LP (w/ Justin Vernon singing), going on tour (dates, MP3)"

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...

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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"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.

The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.

Matthew E White

All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White releasing LPs, touring together (dates & MP3s)"

words, by Andrew Sacher, photos by Tim Griffin & Amanda Hatfield

DOWNLOAD: Field Report - "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Field Report - "Fergus Falls" (MP3)

Field Report @ Hotel Vegan (by Tim Griffin)
BV Day Party @ Hotel Vegan on 3/17/2012

Many know the story of how when DeYarmond Edison broke up, Justin Vernon started Bon Iver and the remaining members formed Megafaun. Well apparently, there's a missing piece to that puzzle that the world recently learned about. The remaining DeYarmond Edison member, Chris Porterfield, "hung back in Wisconsin" while Bon Iver and Megafaun continued releasing records and touring, and began working on his project, Field Report which he has since expanded to a full live band.

Like Justin Vernon's early solo work, Field Report creates a sparsely textured, slow-burning take on contemporary folk, though Chris has far more of a rootsy twang in his voice than his fellow ex-DeYarmond Edison spinoffs. Check it out for yourself by downloading two tracks, "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" and "Fergus Falls," above or streaming them below.

Field Report, who have not played NYC yet but just finished a tour opening for Megafaun which brought them back to Austin, made their live debut at SXSW where they played Hotel Vegan on a stage with other folk artists including ex-Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman's new Father John Misty project. More pictures from Field Report's set, and the song streams (when Soundcloud stops being down), are below.

Continue reading "Chris Porterfield is Field Report (and used to be Justin Vernon's bandmate) -- MP3s & pics from SXSW"

Bon Iver

Congrats Justin! (for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album)

Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)
Grammys

Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).

Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.

Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).

A Numero Group Syl Johnson release was up for two Grammys but lost in both categories.

And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.

UPDATES:
* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial

a handsome-looking Justin Vernon on Saturday Night Live
Justin Vernon on Saturday Night Live

Though we won't see him/them performing at the Grammys ("We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Justin said), Bon Iver played two songs off their latest album on Saturday Night Live last night (2/4). Watch both songs below.

Earlier the same day, Wisconsin's WEAU profiled the Grammy-nominated artist on the evening news, interviews with Justin's parents and his co-manager Kyle Frenette included.

"Music was always around the house, we made all the kids take piano lessons," says Justine. "With Justin, he didn't really like the piano all that much, especially when I was teaching him for a while. That did not work out, but he asked if he could quit piano if he went to guitar. From that point on it was him and his guitar always."

Gil says he did what he can to make sure Justin had a place to practice.

"We actually partitioned a room in the basement right below us with sound proof in the wall, so we could actually sit in the room where we're speaking now and watch TV and have a full conversation in spite of the fact that we had nine kids down there with trombones, trumpet, two saxophones, three guitars and a keyboard all plugged in," he says.

Today, Bon Iver is also made up of nine musicians, but the Vernons didn't always know their now 30-year-old son and his band would make is this far.

"We always thought that he had talent but we're his parents, you have to take that with a grain of salt," says Justine.

Watch "At Home With the Vernons" and and both performances from Saturday Night Live, below...

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