Bon Iver

Bon Iver announce U.S. tour

Bon Iver have announced a number of North American tour dates behind last year’s 22, A Million. The stint of dated includes shows in Nashville, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Durham, and more. Find the list of shows below. The band are also set to go on tour in Europe for shows next month, after they canceled European shows for “personal reasons” earlier this year.

Bon Iver adds European tour dates

Bon Iver have announced a number of European dates in September, which come after their European tour behind 22, A Million was canceled “for personal reasons” earlier this year. The new stint of shows will have the band play in Paris, Edinburgh, Utrecht, and more. Check out their full itinerary below.

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07-22 Minneapolis, MN – Rock the Garden
08-12 Copenhagen, Denmark – Haven Festival
09-09 Santa Fe, NM – Noise For NOW Festival
09-15 Cork, Ireland – Sounds from a Safe Harbour
09-19 Utrecht, Holland – TivoliVredenburg
09-21-23 Paris, France – Salle Pleyel
09-25 Blackpool, England – Blackpool Opera House
09-27-28 Edinburgh, Scotland – Playhouse
10-14-15 Los Angeles, CA – Festival of Distruption

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Something – Julien Baker

2. Blood Under My Belt – The Drums

3. Holocene – Bon Iver

4. Try Me Out Sometime – Broncho

5. In Dream – tomemitsu

6. Carnival – Kevin Devine

7. Mr. Window – Dada Plan

8. Club Soda – Hala

9. Washington Moon – Globelamp

10. Landlocked State – Teenage Cool Kids

11. Oh, Mojave – The Ruby Suns

12. White Seal (Shell & Spines) – Candy Claws

13. Floating In the Air – The fin.

14. Route to Palm – White Williams

15. In Love or Whatever – Future Teens

16. Inner Lover – Land of Talk

17. Impossible Gif – Jon McKiel

18. River Mansion – WALL

19. Too Beautiful to Work – The Luyas

20. Falling Out of Love (With You) – The 6ths

Bon Iver/The National’s Eaux Claires Fest announce lineup

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner have announced the lineup for their third Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which is to take place June 16-17th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as Stereogum reports. Chance the Rapper, Wilco, along with Jeff Tweedy’s side project Tweedy, Feist, Paul Simon with yMusic, Danny Brown, Perfume Genius, and more are set to play. Additional performances listed include “Bon Iver Presents John Prine and the American Songbook,” and “Big Red Machine,” a collaborative performance from Vernon and Desnner with guests, based on their song of the same name from the compilation Dark Was the Night.

Even though the lineup has not yet been officially announced, booklets featuring the lineup were mailed to people who had ordered tickets already. Check out an image/tweet below.

Watch Bon Iver perform a stripped-down “Babys” at Berlin collaborative event

Bon Iver went to Funkhaus studios in Berlin in early October of last year for Michelberger Music, an art event/festival that Justin Vernon helped organized with the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and others. Artists came together for performances, workshops, collaborations, and more. Vernon participated in a techno jam as well as play some of the first 22, A Million performances with his band. A new video from the event has appeared which features Vernon performing his song “Babys” from the Blood Bank EP with collaborator S. Carey. Watch it below.

The Melodic Tree’s Top Six Albums of the Year

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1. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

2016 was a break-out year for Will Toledo, aka Car Seat Headrest, whether it was signing to Matador Records to releasing Teens of Denial, their second on the label and first that consisted of entirely new material. On their thirteenth album, Toledo’s lyrics are, as always, emotional and reflective, looking at his dealing with mental illness and dealing with the inevitable feeling of dread that has been a recurring theme throughout this album and their previous 12. In the opening track, “Fill in the Blank,” Toledo goes on to say: “You have no right to be depressed. You haven’t tried hard enough to like it. Haven’t seen enough of this world yet. But it hurts, it hurts, it hurts, it hurts. Well stop your whining, try again.” The idea of no one truly understanding his depression and what is going on inside his head repeats back and forth in this song until the outro when he affirms he has a right to be depressed and that he has tried to fight it. This reflectiveness is not uncommon for Toledo in the third track on Teens in Denial, “Vincent,” where he talks about googling his depression and his previous albums, especially the track, “We Can’t Afford (Your Depression Anymore)” on his album, Nervous Young Man. This cleaner sounding and breakout album from Car Seat Headrest is just the beginning of what will be even more critcal success for the band in the future.

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2. Bon Iver – 22 A Million

The highly anticipated return of Bon Iver and follow up to 2011’s self-titled, 22 A Million, heads in a completely different direction than what Justin Vernon has done in his history. However, it is somewhat expected from Bon Iver as For Emma, Forever Ago, showed what Vernon could do alone, not including what he released previously under his own name, and Bon Iver showed what could be done with a full band and recording with more people. 22 A Million shows what Vernon can do as a musician and what the band can do outside the realms they built for themselves in indie folk. This turn to a more experimental and somewhat strange new sound that Bon Iver brings to the table with this album is an interesting new step in what might be a new era of the band.

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3. Mitski – Puberty 2

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, Mitski’s fourth studio album discusses the struggles of being happy from day to day, especially shown on the track, “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars,” where she sings: “I don’t know how I’m gonna pay rent. I wanna see the whole world. Would you kill me, Jerusalem.” The lyrics go on to talk about how she hopes she does well in a job interview and the stereotypical interviewee line “I work better under deadlines” being repeated. This sort of trying to find something to grasp onto in order to find some sort of happiness in the cloud of depression and anxiety is a recurring theme throughout this album as Mitski shows off her chaotically good sound that she has had across her discography.

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4. The Growlers – City Club

The Growlers, have always managed to combine “country, surf pop and rock” all into one, something that is somewhat trademark to them and lead to the definition of their sound, “Beach Goth” to a popular festival under the same name. The industrial-esque funkiness of “I’ll Be Around” allows it to be one of the best tracks on the albums. Another notable track is “Neverending Line” because of how seemingly miserable the chorus sounds: “It’s the end of a line. Another shit job. Another piss-stained room. Another tomb. Another city. Hardly make it to the other side. Just to find, it ain’t so pretty.” The darkness of this song encompasses the album and its mood in what seemed to be one of the somewhat slower tracks.

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5. Iji – Bubble

The almost always upbeatness of iji’s (pronounced “eehee”) latest album, Bubble, is the perfect album for anyone in need for the perfectly groovy pop album. The song, “Wild Music,” is particularly a favorite, where the singer, guitarist, and saxophonist, talks about wanting to “play the saxophone in your band” and the fluidity of this track is both is invigorating as it gets to the two-minute mark and soothing at the same time. This eccentrically melodic pop album is erratic as they masterfully maneuver through these weird but engrossing 13 tracks.

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6. The Washboard Abs – Have U Scanned Ur Club Card

Denver-born and Olympia-based, The Washboard Abs’ Have U Scanned Ur Club Card gracefully goes through bedroom indie music as Clarke Sondermann sings somber and reflective lyrics in the seemingly melancholic backing tracks. The song, “Window,” is the perfect example on this album as the lyrics are earnest (i.e.“Early in the morning but later in the day, your brother snoring the sky will slowly grey, and I will drink my coffee and I will try to say I think about you often I hope you’re not okay”) and yet it is a seemingly warm song with the guitar repeats. The third track, “Sugar Skulls” differs n the sense that it is somewhat more upbeat and the Sondermann’s lyrics talk about self-destruction. They are one of our favorite local bands and it makes sense why they are on the rise and opening for bigger and bigger indie bands.

Watch Bon Iver play an hour-long set for NPR

NPR have released footage from an entire Bon Iver concert, filmed in Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works earlier this month.

During the hour-long set, the band performed tracks from their latest album mostly as well as a few older tracks like “Beach Baby” and “Minnesota, WI” and “Creature Fear.” Justin Vernon was accompanied by two drummers and a five-piece sax ensemble for the concert. Watch it here.

Bon Iver launched a campaign called 2 A Million at the start of their current tour which seeks to raise support, raise support, awareness and “person-to-person connections in an effort to end gender inequality, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.” The band has been partnering with local nonprofits in each city they are performing in.