Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Talks Kanye, Twitter, Therapy, & More With Zane Lowe

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Bon Iver’s latest album, i,i, is a couple weeks old now. Justin Vernon gave an interview about it right around the time that he decided to put the whole thing online a few weeks early — its physical release date is still at the end of the month — … More »

Justin Vernon Talks Kanye, John Mayer, i,i, & More In New Bon Iver Interview

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Bon IverBon Iver released their great new album i,i last week, and today the band is the subject of an in-depth feature at Pitchfork. A lot of interesting information made it into the piece: Justin Vernon describes the communal vibe he’s been trying to cultivate with the project, an attempt to both … More »

Premature Evaluation: Bon Iver i,i

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Bon Iver - i,iBon Iver only make classics. Throughout his decade-plus in the spotlight, Justin Vernon has been a prolific creator, a relentless collaborator, and a fearless explorer. He has generated music under many guises, in various configurations, with a diverse cross-section of people. His discography is wide and deep, and much of it is rewarding. But he … More »

Bon Iver’s album boasts his third James Blake collaboration

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Bon Iver’s album boasts his third James Blake collaborationJames Blake Bon Iver

Bon Iver released his album i,i nearly a day early, and the project has already received praise from a large amount of top tier outlets. The 13-piece record has a wide array of all-star collaborators, including a particularly standout number between himself and longtime collaborator, James Blake. Their productive relationship stretches back to 2011’s “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” and this new offering, “iMi,” marks their third joint effort together.

“iMi” is a rich, sentimental piece bursting doused in lo-fi sound design. It appears that James Blake might have played a larger background role, considering his vocal contribution to the tune consisted of a mere two lines. Others working on the track alongside Blake include Wheezy, Buddy Ross, and Mike Noyce. Velvet Negroni, Camilla Staveley-Taylor also contributed their vocals to the mix.

Stream Bon Iver’s New Album i, i, Out Three Weeks Early

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Bon-Iver-i-iThe fourth Bon Iver album came early. Last month, the band announced the impending release of i, i, their fourth album and the completion of what they saw as a quadrilogy. The LP was supposed to come out at the end of August. But this morning, the band started posting lyric videos for … More »

Hear A Whole Bunch More Songs From Bon Iver’s i,i

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Bon-IverUPDATE: Bon Iver’s fourth album i, i is coming out tonight, three weeks earlier than expected. After releasing four singles from the album in the past two months, Bon Iver are sharing the other nine songs, one by one, today. Later this month, Bon Iver will follow up 2016’s 22, A Million with … More »

Bon Iver announce simultaneous i,i listening parties in 61 locations worldwide

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As you already know from a story in which we expressed our bewilderment at Bon Iver’s ample-yet-unconventional use of commas, the Wisconsin experimental folk band is coming out with a new album in less than a month. August 30, to be exact. This Wednesday, however, fans will have an opportunity to catch an early listen to the LP at one of 61 free listening parties held in select locations around the globe.

The events will take place in major metro areas on five continents, from Berlin to Seoul and Sydney to Bogota. The full list can be found at the bottom of this story. During each listening party, a limited edition of Bon Iver flexi discs, with two undisclosed tracks, will be sold.

i,i is going to be the band’s fourth full-length album, and it serves as the “Fall” chapter in a cycle of records that began with 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago, and that all reference the four seasons. Described in the press release as Bon Iver’s “most expansive, joyful and generous album yet”, it will feature contributions from James Blake, Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of the National), Bruce Hornsby, Velvet Negroni, Moses Sumney, and others.

Listen to the two four singles from i,i that have been released so far, and watch a new mini-documentary about the band below:

i,i listening parties (Wednesday, August 7):

Auckland, NZ – Dingbats Record Joint
Austin, TX – End of an Ear
Austin, TX – Waterloo Records
Barcelona, SP – Disco Revolver
Bergen, NO – Apollo Platebar
Berlin, DE – Dodo Beach
Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
Bloomington, IN – Landlocked music
Bogota, COL – RPM Records
Bordeaux, FR – Total Heaven
Boston, MA – Newbury Comics
Brighton, UK – Resident
Brisbane, AUS – Jet Black Cat
Bristol, UK – Rough Trade Bristol
Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Brussels, BE – Caroline Brussels
Chicago, IL – Reckless Records
Cologne, DE – Underdog Records
Copenhagen, DE – Beat
Eau Claire, WI – The Local Store
Edinburgh, UK – Assai Records Edinburgh
Freiburg, DE – Flight13
Gothenburg, SE – Bengans
Hamburg, DE – Michelle Records
Indianapolis, IN – LUNA music
Kansas City, MO – Mills Record Company
Lawrence, KS – Love Garden Sounds
Leeds, UK – Jumbo
Lisbon, PT – Flur
Louisville, KY – Guestroom Records
London, UK – Rough Trade East
London, UK – Rough Trade West
Los Angeles, CA – Going Underground
Madrid, ES – Bajoelvolcán
Manchester, UK – Piccadilly
Melbourne, AUS – Rocksteady Records
Mexico City, MX – La Roma Records
Minneapolis, MN – Electric Fetus
Munich, DE – Echt Optimal
Nashville, TN – Grimey’s
New York, NY – Turntable Lab
Nottingham, UK – Rough Trade Nottingham
Orlando, FL – Park Ave CDs
Oslo, NO – Big Dipper
Paris, FR – Balades Sonores
Paris, FR – Ground Zero
Portland, OR – Jackpot Records
Porto, PT – Tubitek
Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom
Seoul, SK – Hyundai Card Music Library
Sydney, AUS – Red Eye
Tokyo, JP – Tower Records
Totnes, UK – Drift
Warsaw, PL – Hałas Vinyl + Coffee

We’ve Got A File On You: Bruce Hornsby

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Bruce-HornsbyWe’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. There are some legacy artists that exist in a funny place. They became famous off a couple hits once upon a time, they … More »

Preview Bon Iver’s First Arena Tour In Autumn Mini-Doc

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Justin Vernoni,i, captain! Bon Iver’s fourth album is dropping about a month from now, and they’re hosting listening parties in just a week (on 8/7 — happy birthday to me). This time around, the band is launching its first arena tour, and to get fans revved up for the occasion … More »

Bon Iver Announce i,i Listening Parties

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Earlier this month, Justin Vernon announced his forthcoming fourth Bon Iver album, i,i. He’s already shared four of its singles — “Hey, Ma,” “(U) Man Like,” “Faith,” and “Jelmore” — and the LP comes out next month. Today, Vernon announced a slew of album listening … More »