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Archives: Bon Iver

2016 in Review: Justin Vernon and the power of friends

Looking back at 2016, the Local Current blog team are putting together a series of features on the year’s defining trends. When we think of 2016 in local music, what sticks out? Here, Cecilia Johnson reflects on the forces behind Bon Iver’s banner year. Any good Bon Iver mythologist would tell you that debut album For Emma, […]

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A holiday gift guide for Minnesota music fans

The Lyrics: 1961-2012 by Bob Dylan Just because Bob Dylan didn’t celebrate his Nobel Prize in Literature win, doesn’t mean you can’t. The Lyrics not only showcases classics like Dylan’s 1960s canon and later works like Blood on the Tracks, but continues to record his most recent writings right up through Tempest. Bonus: The Lyrics also includes many of […]

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Friday Five: Bionik feat. Lizzo, Juniper Douglas, and more new Minnesota music videos

Bionik, “Ball Like Beijing (feat. Lizzo)” Producer Bionik and the one and only Lizzo deliver all of the Cartoon Network throwbacks with the new video for “Ball Like Beijing.” The song went slept on all summer, but the video might just launch it into the spotlight. Juniper Douglas, “Wood Rose” This video accompanies the noteworthy first single from Juniper Douglas, […]

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Calculating “22, A Million”: Bon Iver by the numbers

Numbers have been hugely important to Justin Vernon, writes Trever Hagen in a Bon Iver bio-turned-intimate-letter, and none has been so pivotal as 22. “22 stands for Justin,” Hagen says. “The number’s recurrence in his life has become a meaningful pattern through encounter and recognition.” It’s duality; it’s familiarity; it’s religion. In writing about 22, A […]

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Bon Iver announce ’22, A Million’ listening parties around the world

With their highly-anticipated album 22, A Million set for release tomorrow, Bon Iver have announced events in cities around the world tonight. While the nature of the events isn’t specified, it seems likely they’ll be listening parties like one that took place last night in the band’s home town of Eau Claire, Wisc. After Bon Iver […]

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All of the songs sampled on Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’

Many aspects of Bon Iver’s new album 22, A Million were discussed in detail at a press conference in downtown Eau Claire on Friday night, but one thing that kept coming up again and again was how many different artists inspired Justin Vernon during the creation of this record. Evidence of those inspirations can literally […]

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Recap and photos: Variety wins the first day of Eaux Claires

It’s been a smooth first day at Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, the sequel to last year’s premier Eaux Claires (a.k.a. the renaissance of Bon Iver). The lines have been short, the water has been plentiful, and the music has been incredible. All day long, I sampled songs around the festival, picking up pieces of sets here and there before moving along. […]

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Friday Five: Allan Kingdom, Goldfeather, and more Minnesota music videos

Allan Kingdom, “Fables (feat. Chronixx)” Allan Kingdom‘s “Fables” moved listeners as a song, but as a video, it brings them all the way to Jamaica. The air sags with moisture, and the light catches the actors’ skin perfectly. One of the most popular songs from Kingdom’s Northern Lights mixtape gets a beautiful treatment from director Martin C. Pariseau, Chronixx, […]

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