Indie had a big year in 2009. As the first decade of the century drew to a close, there was a slew of major releases from the genre’s dominant, or very-soon-to-be-dominant, names. The year kicked off with Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, still regarded as their masterpiece and a pivotal indie release overall. More »
Let’s kick things off with a bold statement: Blood Bank is arguably the most consequential EP of the 2000s. Arriving a year and a half after For Emma, Forever Ago, Justin Vernon’s career-making debut as Bon Iver, the short, four-song release looked like your typical EP in early 2009: a means of offloading … More »
Eaux Claires — the Wisconsin music festival put together by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner — has announced that they won’t be holding the event next year, but that they plan to return in 2020. In a post on their official website, festival organizers write: “After our Senior year, … More »
The Creed II soundtrack comes out next week, the same day as the movie. It was executive produced by Mike Will-Made It, who recruited the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Vince Staples, Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd, the A$AP crew, and more to contribute to it. We’ve already heard … More »
Next week, Creed II hits theaters. It’s the sequel to 2015’s Creed, which in turn in a continuation of the Rocky film series. The soundtrack for the first movie had some big names attached to it, but it looks like they’re upping the ante for round two. The Creed II soundtrack was executive produced by … More »
Eminem recently surprise dropped his Kamikaze project which left everyone from day one fans to pop culture perusers in a frenzy. One track from the veteran rapper’s latest LP that remains perhaps the most controversial note from the record is “Fall” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who took to Twitter to state he was not a fan of the record’s message.
Was not in the studio for the Eminem track… came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM https://t.co/E0wmt732ty
— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018
Now Marshall Mathers has unleashed the official music video for “Fall.” Released via Aftermath Records, the five-minute clip is dark and intense, with Shady tackling the demons that come constant social media attention and lashing online opinions. The new noir feature represents the track’s aesthetic accurately, further pushing Eminem’s polarizing new record into the spotlight.
The Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle is a man with fascinating musical tastes — he’s really into death metal and Amy Grant and Dionne Warwick — and the ability to talk and write about those tastes with searing precision. He’s one of our great songwriters, and the Mountain Goats don’t really do that many covers, … More »
Third Eye Blind just wanna say thank you for the music. (Sorry for the ABBA reference). But seriously, the legacy rockers’ newest EP Thanks For Everything, which is out today, is an offering of “gratitude and support for all that inspires us.” It’s a covers record that features seven tracks originally by Bon Iver, Santigold, … More »
For the past few months, Bon Iver has been collaborating with contemporary dance troupe TU Dance on something called Come Through, a full-evening work commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series that features choreography by Uri Sands set to new music composed by Justin Vernon. More »
Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Eaux Claires music festival kicked off on Friday in Vernon’s hometown, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The two performed — alongside Bryce Dessner, Bradley Cook, JT Bates, Gordi, Julien Baker, Richard Reed Parry, Ben Lanz, and Kyle Resnick — new material from their joint Big Red Machine project. More »