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Show Preview: Bon Iver

March 30, 2008

Ahhhh. In collaboration with SCOPE Productions, Mission Creek’s finest accomplishment of 2008: attaining one of the year’s most buzzworthy new acts to play on the festival’s concluding evening (Saturday, April 5th, 6:30 PM, at the Iowa Memorial Union). Justin Vernon, stage name Bon Iver, self-released For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007 and this album of masterful, earthy-sounding, contemplative and pleading folk tunes quickly garnered him much attention. Jagjaguwar picked up FEFA and gave it a proper commercial release back in January. Now, Vernon is getting huge praise from huge sources, like Pitchfork Media and The Onion A.V. Club. The album score on 85 on http://www.metacritic.com, marking a position of universal acclaim. Missing this show would be quite blunderous. Check out this YouTube-provided performance of FEFA semi-title track and standout “For Emma”If the succesful recruitment of Bon Iver for the Mission Creek Fest is a sign of things to come, than the organization is on the prowl in a great way, in the fast lane to Midwest prominence.

“Skinny Love” off Bon Iver’s latest album For Emma, Forever Ago

Links:

Mission Creek Music Festival

SCOPE Productions

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2008 8:59 pm

    It’s also worth pointing out that you can listen to Bon Iver’s whole album streaming online from virb.com – check it out:
    http://www.virb.com/boniver

    It’s going to be a great show!

    -Ellen Heddendorf

  2. March 31, 2008 3:39 am

    Props must go to SCOPE who did the wheeling and dealing with Bon Iver’s agent to get this show into Iowa City. Teamwork, yo, teamwork.

    andre/mission creek

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