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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 . . .
03.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
SXSW is pretty easy when you have a media badge. By and large, you�ll be let into any show you want. But there are a few hyped shows where press credentials aren�t enough, and perhaps the most hyped of all was yesterday�s from Vampire Weekend, the preppy Afro-popsters who were compiling binders of New York Times and Spin press clippings before they even put out an album (their ascension has only continued since the album finally dropped.) A fortuitous (and much appreciated) connection put me on the �must get in list� for the show, which despite the name, he told me, only gave me just a slight chance of getting in. And sure enough, the crowd was already well over capacity when I arrived. Two long lines waited; one for people who were on the list to get in (not all of whom would be so lucky), and an even longer one for those who stood absolutely no chance of getting in. I eventually made the cut in time to see opener Bon Iver, the indie-folk outfit which sounded as beautiful live as on record. When Justin Vernon rode his long, blissful falsetto, the audience closed their eyes contently. Perhaps improbably, Vampire Weekend also lived up to their considerably greater hype. They had the crowd singing along, stomping and dancing through their entire set. I still think that they risk a massive backlash once their novelty wears off

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