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Bon Iver performing in Stockholm, Sweden (2011)
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Origin Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active2006–present
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Bon Iver ( /bnˈvɛər/ ) is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon.

Indie folk is a music genre that arose in the 1990s among musicians from indie rock scenes influenced by folk music. Indie folk hybridizes the acoustic guitar melodies of traditional folk music with contemporary instrumentation. The genre has its earliest origins in 1990s folk artists who displayed alternative rock influences in their music, such as Ani DiFranco and Dan Bern, and acoustic artists such as Elliott Smith and Will Oldham. In the following decade, labels such as Saddle Creek, Barsuk, Ramseur, and Sub Pop helped to provide support to indie folk. Artists of note include the Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, the Cave Singers, Loch Lomond, Bon Iver, Or, The Whale, Great Lake Swimmers, and Blind Pilot.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Justin Vernon American singer-songwriter

Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the primary songwriter and frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver. Vernon is also a member of the bands Volcano Choir, Big Red Machine, The Shouting Matches, and Gayngs. He was previously a member of the now-defunct band DeYarmond Edison.


Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months isolated in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. The band later won in 2012 the Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver . [1] [2] [3] They released their third album 22, A Million to critical acclaim in 2016. [4]

<i>For Emma, Forever Ago</i> 2007 studio album by Bon Iver

For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver. It was first self-released in July 2007, and later saw wide release on the Jagjaguwar label in February 2008. The album is principally the work of singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Whilst living in Raleigh, North Carolina, Vernon fell ill with mononucleosis and a liver infection, and grew frustrated with his songwriting and life. He left Raleigh and drove to his father's remote hunting cabin an hour northwest of his hometown, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, hoping to be alone.

Wisconsin A north-central state of the United States of America

Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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The name "Bon Iver" derives from the French phrase bon hiver (French pronunciation:  [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ] ) ("good winter"), [5] taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure . [6]

<i>Northern Exposure</i> American comedy-drama television series

Northern Exposure is an American comedy-drama Northern television series about the eccentric residents of a fictional small town in Alaska, that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It received a total of 57 award nominations during its five-year run and won 27, including the 1992 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, two additional Primetime Emmy Awards, four Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globes. Critic John Leonard called Northern Exposure "the best of the best television in the past 10 years".


After the breakup of his band DeYarmond Edison, the ending of a relationship, and a bout with mononucleosis hepatitis, [7] Vernon left Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved back to Wisconsin. He spent the oncoming winter months at his father's cabin in Dunn County, Wisconsin. According to Vernon, it was during this time that the "Bon Iver" moniker first entered his mind; while bedridden with mononucleosis, he began watching the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure on DVD. One episode depicts a group of citizens in Alaska, where the show is set, emerging from their homes into the first snowfall of the winter and wishing one another bon hiver (pronounced  [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ] , French for "good winter"). This was initially transcribed by Vernon as "boniverre"; however, when he learned of its proper French spelling, he elected not to use it, deciding "hiver" reminded him too much of liver , the site of his illness at the time. [7]

DeYarmond Edison is the former band of the members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, and Field Report. Guitarist and vocalist Justin Vernon went on to create Bon Iver; three members formed the freak folk group Megafaun, and Christopher Porterfield began composing, eventually establishing Field Report.

Infectious mononucleosis Common viral infectious disease

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as glandular fever, is an infection usually caused by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV). Most people are infected by the virus as children, when the disease produces few or no symptoms. In young adults, the disease often results in fever, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and tiredness. Most people recover in two to four weeks; however, feeling tired may last for months. The liver or spleen may also become swollen, and in less than one percent of cases splenic rupture may occur.

Raleigh, North Carolina Capital of North Carolina

Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. Raleigh is the second-largest city in the state, after Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city covers a land area of 142.8 square miles (370 km2). The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population as 469,298 as of July 1, 2018. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County.

2006–2010: For Emma, Forever Ago

Vernon did not intend to write or record any music during the time but rather to recuperate from the events of the previous year. Eventually, however, a record began to evolve during this cathartic time of isolation. [8] He had recently finished helping the band The Rosebuds do some recording and had with him some basic recording gear when he made his move to the cabin in late 2006. Vernon played all the instruments during recording and each song was heavily edited with a large number of overdubs. Vernon wrote the lyrics for the album by recording a word-less melody and listening to the recording over and over while writing words according to the sound of the syllables of the melody. [9] In an interview, Vernon said, "Words like 'decision' and 'intention' aren't words that float in my head because I just went." Vernon explains, "I left North Carolina and went up there because I didn't know where else to go and I knew that I wanted to be alone and I knew that I wanted to be where it was cold." [10] In another interview, Vernon describes what he used to record the album: "I had a very light set-up, a basic small recording set-up: a Shure SM57 and an old Silvertone guitar. I had my brother drop off his old drums... some other small things – things I would make or find lying around." [11]

The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds were an indie rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina, United States that recorded and performed from 2001 to 2014. Its current members are Ivan Howard (vocals/guitar/drums/bass/keyboards/programming) and Kelly Crisp (vocals/keyboard/drums/guitar/accordion). Billy Alphin had played drums on the album The Rosebuds Make Out, Wes Phillips played drums on the E.P."Unwind", Lee Waters played drums on the record Birds Make Good Neighbors, and Matt McCaughan played the drums on Night of the Furies, Life Like and Loud Planes Fly Low. Rob Lackey was behind the drum kit during the taping of The Rosebuds Live at the Cats Cradle, a charity only recording sold at to help fight for the prevention of cancer, as well as on the track "Second Birds of Paradise" on "Loud Planes Fly Low."

The Shure SM57 is a low-impedance cardioid dynamic microphone made by Shure Incorporated and commonly used in live sound reinforcement and studio recording. It is one of the best-selling microphones in the world. It is used extensively in amplified music and has been used for speeches by every U.S. president since its introduction in 1965. In 2004, honoring its four decades of "solid, dependable performance", it was inducted into the first-ever TEC Awards TECnology Hall of Fame.

Vernon performing with Bon Iver in Shepherd's Bush, London, UK in 2008 Bon Iver2.jpg
Vernon performing with Bon Iver in Shepherd's Bush, London, UK in 2008

The record was almost not released and was originally intended as a group of demos to be sent out to labels and potentially rerecorded. But after getting very encouraging reactions from a number of his friends, Vernon decided to release the songs himself in their present state. [9] According to his manager Kyle Frenette, an initial run of 500 CDs were pressed. [12] The original CD release show took place at the House of Rock in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Justin played an earlier "all-ages" show and an evening 21+ show to release the original pressing of the album in its card stock CD case. Of the 500 copies issued, 17 were sent to press, mainly blogs. [12] The first significant attention the album received was from My Old Kentucky Blog in June 2007, after which point "it snowballed," according to manager Frenette. [12] Another further breakthrough came when, in October 2007, the album received a very positive review from influential indie internet publication Pitchfork . That exposure in turn led to a performance the same month at the industry showcase festival CMJ Music Marathon. The appearance attracted a lot of label interest and Frenette later told HitQuarters that they subsequently spoke to a lot of different record companies, both independent and major. [12] Out of all of them they decided to sign with the indie Jagjaguwar because their ideals were the closest match to their own. [12] The signing was confirmed on October 29. [13]

Eau Claire, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

Eau Claire is a city in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Located almost entirely in Eau Claire County, for which it is the county seat, the city had a population of 65,883 at the 2010 census, making it the state's ninth-largest city. Eau Claire is the principal city of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the Eau Claire-Menomonie Combined Statistical Area.

Card stock paper, thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper

Card stock, also called cover stock or pasteboard, is a paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard.


HitQuarters is an international music industry publication and contact database founded in 1999. It is noted for its in-depth interviews with industry figures, as well as its A&R and manager contact directory, free artist promo pages and song sale facility, demo reviews and A&R chart, and is the sister site to the songwriting tip sheet SongQuarters. The site has been sporadically active since May 2017, and no posts have been made on its Twitter and Facebook accounts since March and May 2015 respectively.

For Emma, Forever Ago was given an official release by Jagjaguwar. [14] Vernon has said that he will continue to make albums without engineers and producers because he is capable of doing it all himself. [9]


Since being released by Jagjaguwar on February 19, 2008, For Emma, Forever Ago has garnered critical acclaim. [14] The album was released in the UK and Europe by iconic indie label 4AD on May 12, 2008. [15] When released in the UK, For Emma, Forever Ago received 5/5 and "Album of the Month" reviews in both Mojo and Uncut magazines. It was the seventh highest rated album of 2008 on review aggregator site Metacritic, with accolades from publications including The Village Voice , The Hartford Courant and The A.V. Club . [16] Pitchfork Media gave the album 29th place in its "The Top 200 Albums of 2000s" list, while Stereogum placed the album at 11 on its "Best Album of the '00s" list. [17] [18]

The digital download track "Skinny Love" was selected to be iTunes (UK) single of the week and was available for free during that time, as well as being featured as the track of the day on National Public Radio. Bon Iver was ranked number 8 on's most listened to new music of 2008. [19] Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago was ranked number 29 in Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2008, and was also ranked number 92 on their list of the 100 Best Albums of the 2000s. In an interview, Vernon said: "I'm really humbled by everything and am keeping things in perspective." [20] On May 19, 2008, "Blindsided" and "Flume" were featured in The CW series One Tree Hill . [21] On October 6, 2008, "Skinny Love" was featured in the NBC series Chuck (season 2, episode 3). [22] [23]

On December 11, 2008, Bon Iver performed "Skinny Love" on the Late Show with David Letterman . [24] On January 26, 2009, "Skinny Love" was announced at No. 21 by the Australian national radio station Triple J in the annual Hottest 100 countdown of the previous year's best songs. [25] In July 2009, "Skinny Love" was announced at No. 92 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time countdown. [26] Additionally, the track "Flume" has been used by the BBC to advertise their Jimmy McGovern-penned drama series The Street ; the track "Blood Bank" (off the EP of the same name) was used in a 2009 episode of the NBC series Chuck (season 2, episode 18) and the track "Creature Fear" was used in another Chuck episode (season 2, episode 21); [27] the track "Skinny Love" was featured in another episode of Chuck (season 2, episode 3), as well as in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy ; "The Wolves (Act I and II)" was used in the first season of The United States of Tara , the film "The Place Beyond the Pines" as well as in the final scenes of the film Rust and Bone ; "Re:Stacks" was featured in the Fox drama House , as was "Flume" on May 16, 2011; "Re:Stacks" was also used for the closing sequence of the Silent Witness episode Death Has No Dominion, and "Woods" was used in the eighth episode of Skins' third series and appeared on the Series 3 soundtrack. [28]

In 2008 Bon Iver designed a T-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project, with all profits benefiting the Interval House women's shelter in Toronto, Ontario. [29]

In October 2009, Bon Iver first appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 64th issue. [30]

In 2009 Bon Iver, along with St. Vincent, contributed the song "Roslyn" to the New Moon soundtrack. [31] Bon Iver also contributed "Brackett, WI" to the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization.

In 2010, Bon Iver collaborated with Kanye West on the track Lost In the World, which begins with a sample of the Bon Iver track Woods. Vernon also contributed vocals to the West tracks Monster and Dark Fantasy , both featured on West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy . [2] [32] Then, in March 2011, Justin Vernon performed at SXSW with GOOD Music. This collaboration publicized him to a wider audience. [2]

2011–2012: Bon Iver

Bon Iver was released on June 17, 2011. On March 23, 2011, Justin Vernon told Rolling Stone that a follow-up of For Emma, Forever Ago would be released in December 2011. The album is composed of 10 songs and takes a new musical direction: "I brought in a lot of people to change my voice — not my singing voice, but my role as the author of this band, this project," says Vernon, who hired well-known players like bass saxophonist Colin Stetson and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz. "I built the record myself, but I allowed those people to come in and change the scene." The second album is described as an "ambitious musical departure" from the first. [33] Prior to the album's release, Vernon said that each song on the new album represents a place. The song "Perth" was described as a "Civil War-sounding heavy metal song," the song "Minnesota, WI" was described as featuring "finger-picked guitars, double bass drums and distorted bass saxophone," and the closing song "Beth/Rest" would be "horn heavy." [34]

The album was recorded in a remodeled veterinarian clinic in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, which was bought by Vernon and his brother in 2008. It was converted into April Base Studios, built mainly over the defunct swimming pool attached to the clinic. Vernon's reason for recording in the location was that "[it's] been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It's also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met." [35]

On April 20, Bon Iver announced details of the release through the official Jagjaguwar and 4AD websites. [36] The artwork for the album was also released, painted by the American artist Gregory Euclide. [37] Gregory also released two YouTube videos entitled the Making of Bon Iver Album Art. [38] [39]

Over one month before the album release date, the album was accidentally made available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store on May 23. Apple removed the item from the store, but not before a handful of users were able to purchase and download it. There was no comment from Apple, the artist, or his label. [40] However, the lyrics to the album were promptly uploaded to their record site. [41]

In an interview on 89.3 The Current, front man Justin Vernon was questioned about current plans for the band and expressed their desire to take a break:

[We're] winding it down. I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering. There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times. I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I'll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that. [42]

During the last performance of their 2012 tour in Dublin's The O2, Vernon announced that it was their last performance as a band, "... at least for a while..." At the time, these two events provoked speculation about whether this was a definite end to the band or simply a hiatus. A representative for Bon Iver's label, Jagjaguwar, issued the statement, "They are just going off cycle after two very busy years on this record." [43]


Josh Jackson reviewed Bon Iver for Paste , saying, "It retains the beautiful melancholy of For Emma, but in nearly every way, it’s just more. More layered, more diverse, more interesting. He brings in collaborators to do what they do best, but never at the expense of his sound and vision. It treads into new sonic directions without getting lost." He gave the album a score of nine out of ten. [44]

In an unfavorable review, Tim Sendra of AllMusic wrote, "[Vernon's] style comes off more like sub-Enya with a beard than a true studio wizard... For Emma, Pt. 2 would have been far more satisfying than this overblown debacle." [45]

In late August 2011, critically acclaimed English post-dubstep musician and singer-songwriter James Blake uploaded a track called "Fall Creek Boys Choir" to his YouTube channel. The track was a collaboration with Bon Iver. It was released as the first single from Blake's EP Enough Thunder and was also included on the deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album. [46]

On December 15, 2011, awarded Bon Iver the number one album of 2011. [47]

On November 30, 2011, the band earned four nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, and both Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Holocene. [48]

On February 12, 2012, Bon Iver won the Grammy for Best New Artist. [49] Bon Iver also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album for Bon Iver, beating out Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster the People and My Morning Jacket. [2]

On February 15, 2012, a five-song studio session was released on YouTube, featuring Justin Vernon and Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey performing piano renditions of the tracks. The recording took place at AIR Studio owned Lyndurst Hall in London, England.

2012–2018: Hiatus, Wish I Was Here, and 22, A Million

On November 12, 2012 the band announced its intent to take a break from performing after the last event of its 2012 tour in Dublin. [50] Their label asserted that the band had not broken up.

On June 30, 2014, the band released a new song titled Heavenly Father, which was featured on the soundtrack of Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here . [51]

On July 18, 2015, the band played their first show in almost three years at the Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI where they debuted two new songs, 666 ʇ and 89. Originally both were slated to be in their next album, but only 666 ʇ made it to the record. However, they played 89 occasionally since then, becoming a beloved song from the fans. [52]

On November 18, 2015, the band announced a tour of Asia starting early 2016.

On July 22, 2016, a 22-second live stream was broadcast on the band's official Facebook page, accompanied by the caption '#22days'. A short clip of previously unreleased music can be heard in the video, accompanied by an updated profile and cover photo.

On August 17, 2016, the band announced that their next album's title would be 22, A Million , with a release date of September 30, 2016. They also provided a track list of 10 songs and released lyric videos for two songs: "22 (OVER S∞∞N)" and "10 dEATh bREasT". On August 29, 2016, the band released their lyric video for "33 "GOD"", the third single from the album.

22, A Million was indeed released on September 30, 2016. It was noted by many as a large stylistic shift for the band. In Pitchfork's review of the album, the publication likened it to Radiohead's Kid A , saying, "Bon Iver's first album in five years takes an unexpected turn toward the strange and experimental. But behind the arranged glitches and processed voices are deeply felt songs about uncertainty." [4]

2018–present: Come Through shows and I, I

During the summer 2018, Bon Iver began to play new songs in music festivals and the band partnered with Tu Dance for Come Through, a show with a group of contemporary dancers. In late 2018, during an Instagram Live from Justin Vernon's personal account he revealed a folder named "BI LP4" with new songs. Some of them match with the ones played during the summer festivals and Come Through shows. He also revealed a snippet of the song "We Maddie Parry" (later shortened to "We"). Recordings were made in Texas in February and March 2019. [53] [54]

On June 2, 2019, Bon Iver debuted two new songs from the upcoming album at All Points East, a more polished version of the previously played "Hey, Ma" and the new song "U (Man Like)" (which was on the set list Justin Vernon showed in December and features guest vocals from American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, Bruce Hornsby, Elsa Jensen, Jenn Wasner & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus). [55] Along with the songs, at the end of the concert, Bon Iver advertised the website iCOMMAi, which features similar cryptic messages as their recent lyric videos. [56] The next day, both songs were released as singles, as well as fall tour dates. On July 2, the band released a teaser called "Sincerity is Forever in Season" voiced by Michael Perry, relating every album from the band to a season, with the latest album being Autumn.

A week later, on July 11 the band announced that their forthcoming album, I, I (stylized as i,i), would be released on August 30, 2019. They also released the songs Jelmore and Faith as the third and fourth singles for the album.

On July 31st, 2019, the band released a documentary short called Bon Iver: Autumn, featuring Vernon and bandmates discussing the i,i album and Autumn tour. [57]

On August 7, Bon Iver held free worldwide listening parties to preview the new album at over 60 locations around the world. [58]

On August 8th, 2019 starting at 6:00 am EST the band started to release the previously un-released tracks of the album one at a time, every hour on the hour until 11:00 am EST. The album was released on Apple Music and Spotify as well as other popular streaming services 22 days before it was slated to be officially released.

Live performances

In live performances, Justin Vernon is joined live by Sean Carey (drums, vocals, piano), Michael Noyce (vocals, baritone guitar, guitar, violin) and Matthew McCaughan (bass, drums, vocals). Noyce was Vernon's guitar student during high school. [6] Vernon uses various keyboard instruments during live performances including synthesisers such as a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6 and a Teenage Engineering's OP-1, while during studio recordings his instruments have included a Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano. [59]

Carey approached Vernon during one of the first Bon Iver shows, telling him he could play and sing all the songs. Thereafter, the two played a number of them together. [60] McCaughan and Vernon met while on tour with indie-rock band The Rosebuds in May 2007.

From left to right: Noyce, Carey, and Vernon performing at The Fillmore in 2009 Flickr - moses namkung - Bon Iver 5.jpg
From left to right: Noyce, Carey, and Vernon performing at The Fillmore in 2009

Because of the extensive use of vocal harmony on the songs of For Emma, Forever Ago, Vernon was concerned that there would not be enough voices to duplicate the sound of the songs on the album in a live setting. To compensate for this problem in early performances, Vernon passed out lyrics for some songs to the audience to sing along to. In an interview with Pitchfork, Vernon described this dilemma. "I don't want to be the guy with an acoustic guitar singing songs, because that's boring for the most part. The song actually needs 80–500 people singing or whatever the vibe is of that room, it needs that fight." [6]

Bon Iver performed at Lollapalooza 2009. Bon Iver has also performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, Øyafestivalen, Way Out West, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch! and All Points East among others.

After the release of Bon Iver's sophomore album, the live performances underwent a great deal of change. With older performances consisting of Vernon playing guitar, while Noyce, Carey, and McCaughan varied instruments, the concerts following Bon Iver involved a much larger, full band. The new lineup consisted of the original four musicians, and included Rob Moose on violin and guitar (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Mike Lewis on bass (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and a horn section including Reginald Pace, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire) and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens) as well.[ citation needed ] On February 2, 2012 Sasquatch! announced Bon Iver as a headliner for their 2012 festival.

During Bon Iver's Asia tour in late February to early March 2016 – the first tour since 2012 – the live band still consisted of Vernon, Carey, McCaughan and Lewis, in addition to frequent Vernon collaborator Andrew Fitzpatrick (All Tiny Creatures, Volcano Choir) on guitar, synths and vocals; and sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, also known as the folk vocal trio The Staves, whose album If I Was was produced by Vernon. [61] [62]

For Emma, Forever Ago era

Bon Iver era

22, A Million and I, I era



Bon Iver awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Grammy 2 5
Brit Awards 0 3
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 0 1
Awards won2

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 "Holocene" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Bon Iver Best New Artist Won
Bon Iver Best Alternative Music Album Won
2017 22, A Million Nominated

Brit Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 Bon Iver International Breakthrough Act Nominated
International Male Solo Artist Nominated
2017 Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 "Holocene" Best Rock Video Nominated

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Repave is the second studio album by American indie rock band Volcano Choir, released on September 2, 2013 on Jagjaguwar. Recorded between November 2010 and March 2013, the album is self-produced by the band.

Chigliak is a record label and imprint of Jagjaguwar dedicated to albums that have had limited or non-commercial releases. It was founded in 2012 by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Peter Wolf Crier is a Minneapolis-based folk rock band. They signed with Jagjaguwar in 2010.

<i>22, A Million</i> 2016 studio album by Bon Iver

22, A Million is the third studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver, released on September 30, 2016. It was recorded in Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and marked a shift in the band's sound, incorporating elements of electronic music and hip-hop production, and making extensive use of samples, synths, brass instruments, and effects. Vernon has stated that many of the sounds on the record were created and manipulated using a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer, along with software designed specially for the band by Chris Messina, dubbed the "Messina".

<i>I, I</i> 2019 studio album by Bon Iver

I, I is the fourth studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver. It was digitally released on August 9, 2019, with a physical release to follow on August 30. The album was preceded by the singles "Hey, Ma" and "U ", and the tracks "Faith" and "Jelmore" were released alongside the album pre-order. I, I features contributions from James Blake, Aaron Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, Moses Sumney, and Channy Leaneagh, among others.


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