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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Unmap (Jagjaguwar)

Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees have been doing electro-acoustic post-rock for more than a decade. The group’s friend, alt folkie Justin Vernon of Eau Claire’s Bon Iver, has become an internationally hailed indie sensation over the past couple of years. Their collaborative act, Volcano Choir, brings together the best of everyone involved. Systematic staccato motifs, surging crescendos...
09.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
NPR has posted the entirety of one of the most locally anticipated albums of the year, Volcano Choir's Unmap, the debut album from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees. Actually, it should probably be credited first to Collections of Colonies of Bees and then to Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, since it much more closely recalls the Milwaukee group's modern post-rock t...
08.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees, has debuted its first song, "Island, IS," which you can stream and download here, and it's everything you'd expect from the collaboration, a daydream of a song that's about as pretty as post-rock can get while still being post-rock. First thoughts: It's weird hearing Vernon's earthy v...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
This morning the Riverside Theater announced that as part of Justin Vernon's roll as the honorary chair of this year's AIDS Walk Wisconsin, his band Bon Iver will headline a concert at the venue following the walk on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. On the strength of Bon Iver's hauntingly gorgeous debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, Vernon emerged last year as one of Wisconsin music's biggest su...
06.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Just a heads up: In the next couple of months, we'll all be hearing a ton about the debut album from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Unmap. It's one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and it has real potential to put a deserving local band (and perhaps to some extent the city) on the map, so I apologize in ...
04.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Bon Iver, the nom de plume of Eau Claire folk singer Justin Vernon, took home Artist of the Year honors at the 29th Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards last night, an inevitability, perhaps, given the widespread critical acclaim Vernon garnered across the country for last year's For Emma, Forever Ago. It's hard to argue that any Wisconsin musician made a bigger, broader impact last year th...
04.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Polyvinyl Records plans to pay tribute to one of its better fallen acts, Milwaukee's brain-twisting post-rock group, Pele (part of a breed of post-rock bands that actually rocked), with a two-hour-plus compilation of rarities and reissues of the group's two full-length albums. These are smartly timed releases: The growing popularity of post-rock gives the long-defunct band an opportunity to reach ...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Bon Iver records up north

It's a stirring story, one that wraps Justin Vernon's album into a neat package. It starts when Vernon's first band breaks up, and it ends in the Northwoods. Jobless and sick, with nowhere to live and a desire to be alone, Vernon stayed (rent-free) in his father's hunting cabin through the winter. He chopped wood, brooded for a while, and then created a spectacular solo debut. Vernon's For Emma, Forever Ago doesn't merely capture a desperate Wisconsin winter, it captures a man resigned to its snowy, woodland loneliness. That's the true-to-life legend of Bon Iver-the dreariness of life expressed through an album full of dreary optimism, written by a man whose stage name is a play on the French words for "good winter." At least, that's the true-to-life legend that people keep telling . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Thanks to an early push from the music blogs, Eau Claire native Justin Vernon has found unexpected success with his singer-songwriter project, Bon Iver, whose debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago has been heralded as one of the year’s best. Bon Iver returns to Milwaukee tonight for an 8 p.m. concert at the . . .
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9:00 PM

Justin Vernon is at the beginning of what's poised to be a very, very good year. Last year, as Bon Iver, the Wisconsin singer-songwriter earned unexpected accolades for his self-released album from bloggers and, more prestigiously . . .

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