give up, come to

Cloud Nothings – No Future / No Past

Blitzen Trapper – Taking It Easy Too Long

Dreamers of the Ghetto – Connection

Mirémonos – Jägermeister


Miracles of Modern Science – Bon Joviver

“You Give Love a Bad Name” in the style of Bon Iver. Kudos, gentlemen. You nailed it. 

all too sore for sound

“Growing up around here you learn that you’re not one thing, but that you’re part of a bigger thing.” – Justin Vernon on his Wisconsin upbringing

There’s nothing people in Wisconsin love more than things that come from Wisconsin – the Packers, cheese, beer, and Bon Iver. Here are some videos from their home-state show in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 2011, at the Orpheum Theater.

When I saw Bon Iver on tour this summer, “Wash.” unexpectedly brought me to tears. I liked it on the album, but live it hit me like a ton of bricks. Insanely beautiful, especially with the extended lead-in of preceding song “Hinnom, TX”.

Bon Iver – Hinnom, TX / Wash.


To close the show, the band enlisted the room in singing the “what might have been lost” line of “The Wolves (Acts I and II)” over and over as the band continued to build their sound, culminating in an explosive release by everyone in the room. It’s rare to see near-literally everyone in a venue participating with enthusiasm, blurring the line between performer and audience. Hear the 2000-plus-person sing-along below.

Bon Iver – The Wolves (Acts I and II)

Lastly, I give you “Perth”. We posted a recording of “Perth” this summer, too, but since it is one of the best things I’ve ever heard live (all-over chills both times I’ve seen them play it) it seemed worth recording again. Excited for them to come around again – seeing Bon Iver is an experience, far more than just going to a show.

Bon Iver – Perth