Justin Vernon

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    June 19, 2013

    Yeezus Remains True to Kanye West's Most Important Trait: His Ego

    Even from the first sound of the album, it is clear that Yeezus is a very different album from any of Kanye West's other works. There is no introduction; the album begins with "On Sight" which features heavy, wonky synthesizers and a pounding Chicago house beat provided by Daft Punk. The synths are ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend: Merle Haggard, Modest Mouse, and More

    Of all the things Merle Haggard and Sigur Rós have in common, this is perhaps the most important: They're both playing in Arizona on Friday. But that doesn't guarantee they'll end up in today's Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend. Of course, if you're at Country Thunder this weekend, ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    July 5, 2012
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    July 3, 2012

    A Brief History of White Boy Soul

    Mayer Hawthorne is a terrible, terrible rapper. Should you decide to hear "Haircut" drop a quick 16, be forewarned. But the man has pipes. The sharp-suited crooner showed a deep, well vetted knowledge of African-American music--most principally Stax and Motown soul--on last year's How Do You Do (Uni ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Bon Iver Erotic Stories

    It felt like kind of a big deal when indie soft-rocker Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) won a Grammy Award. But that's nothing compared to his status as the world's unlikeliest sex symbol. I mean, have you ever fantasized about Justin Vernon?Perhaps you've envisioned yourself in a romantic scenario with him ... More >>

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    April 22, 2012

    Bon Iver - Coachella 2012 - 4/21/12

    Bon Iver Coachella April 21, 2012 See also: *Our Complete Coachella Coverage Better than...trying to dance off your sunburn. Flickering strands of glowing balloons swayed gently over the polo fields as the crowd drew in for Bon Iver's set on the main stage yesterday evening. Sunburnt and spent, ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Who is Bon Iver?

    ​Bon Iver is the new Arcade Fire of the Grammy Awards. In classic "Who is..." Tumblr fashion, a plethora of people have taken to the interwebs to express their disdain for Justin Vernon and co. because they won the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album awards, simply because they had "never ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: 10 Songs About the Mail

    ​By now it's news to no one that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. As detailed by Nick Greene earlier this month at Village Voice's Running Scared, this means print media is in for a punch (you know, while it's down and everything), your bills are going to show up later than they ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Top 10 Albums of 2011: Mike Escoto

    Bon Iver​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment comes from Mike Escoto, who contributes to Up on the Sun and is one of the main perpetrators over ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Ten Great Albums Overlooked in 2011

    When our sister paper The Village Voice publishes the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll next February, there will be three or four albums that invariably get a nod on every ballot. See: Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, and Girls' Father, Son, Holy Ghost. ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and The Walkmen at Comerica Theatre, 9-15-11 (With Video)

    Maria VassettBon Iver​Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and The Walkmen Comerica Theatre Thursday, September 15, 2011 It feels like I've been discussing the term "indie" with a lot of people lately. Last week's Foster the People show spurred a lot of the conversation, which basically boils down to this: ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    July 22, 2011

    Happy Bon Iver Day!

    Bon Iver​Construction paper? Check. Squiggly scissors? Got 'em. Magazine cut-outs of kittens? Definitely. No, we're not helping our kid sister make a collage; we're making ironic D.I.Y holiday cards to celebrate Bon Iver Day. That's right, y'all, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett has proclaimed July ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Bon Iver Fleet Foxes The Walkmen Comerica Theatre = Indie Rock Pants Wetting

    Bon Iver​ In case you've missed practically every noteworthy blog hyping it, or didn't watch The Colbert Report last night, here's some news: Bon Iver, the band, released Bon Iver, the album, today. It's the band's second outing, and technically the first that was recorded as a band and not just ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    April 28, 2011
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    October 8, 2010

    Kanye West: Still the Busiest Mofo in America

    ​Kanye West has been in music news nearly every day for the past week. You'd think this guy was taking over the world or something.'Ye has been releasing a new track every week on his Twitter (@kanyewest) and has named the weekly occasion G.O.O.D. Fridays. Collaborations have included Chris Brown, ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The National: High Violet

    ​As May starts to heat up here in the Valley, the new releases are following suit. Brooklyn rockers The National release their fifth album today, High Violet, to very lofty acclaim.Anything the band lays down these days seems to turn to gold. The National has indie rock by the balls, and High Viol ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    September 24, 2009
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    December 31, 2008

    Local Indie Record Store Owners Weigh In With Their Favorties of 2008

    It wasn't exactly a banner year for proprietors of the record-slinging shops. Album sales at in general were down 14 percent nationwide from 2007, and this obviously hit brick-and-mortar retailers where it counts. But while folks are increasingly more likely to boot-up CD Baby or iTunes to get t ... More >>