Bon Iver @ Outside Lands Festival. © T. Van Nunnery.
Right after some good friends went to the Bon Iver show in Denver earlier this month, I got a message: "can you find us this bon iver show on the internet?!" And I know what they mean.
The first time I saw Bon Iver play live - in Golden Gate Park at last year's Outside Lands Festival - I immediately wanted a recording of that show too.
The band is mesmerizing live, recreating Justin Vernon's muted and spare records with an all together different sort of intensity, a gathering storm of percussion and surging guitars all held together by Vernon's singing, the high and often spooky howl that stamps his music with such a tremendous feeling of isolation.
The good folks at Stateside Presents are bringing Bon Iver to Arizona for two fall shows - Sept. 28 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson and Sept. 29 at the Mesa Arts Center. No word yet on opening acts.
Below, check out not only Bon Iver's first single, "Skinny Love," but also this incredible concert recording of a February 2008 Washington D.C. show, from NPR.
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Bon Iver - Live NPR broadcast (42 minutes, 38 mb)