Review: Bon Iver is lost in the woods no more

(photos: Graham Tolbert) “Imagine talking to this many people. It just feels ridiculous...or stupid," Justin Vernon said to applause and laughter, just after his band had gotten through a forceful reworking of "Towers" from their 2011 self-titled album at the Chase Arena. Therein lies the bewildering feeling underlying this Bon Iver show — thousands of people in attendance, all just about as surprised as the people on stage themselves, that a band that makes such fiercely intimate music is now playing gigantic arena shows. Bon Iver opened with the first three songs from their new album i,i and continued to [...]

By |October 3, 2019|Tags: |

Bon Iver bring “i,i” to the Chase Center

(photo: Eric Timothy Carlson & Graham Tolbert) Now that Metallica has christened the new Chase Center, show after show is pouring through the new arena. A surprising mood/character/personality to add to its list of obvious colossal headliners (Elton John, Eric Clapton, Janet Jackson, Chance The Rapper, Phil Collins, Marc Anthony) is the prismatic melancholy of Bon Iver. And yet, maybe it's not such a surprise at all. Justin Vernon and co. have steadily mutated their sound into something bigger than themselves, exploring the emotions beneath words and the intangible connection that brings people together through music. In many ways, they [...]

By |September 9, 2019|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Oct 12 – 25

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Simon Joyner at The Lost Church (SF) Oct. 15. I would have gladly paid the $15 admission just to see Simon Joyner play "Old Days" in person again. I got that and so much more — a rainy night at the warm, cozy Lost Church [...]

Mixtape: If Presidents Liked Indie Rock (Podcast #273)

Mixtape: If Presidents Liked Indie Rock (Podcast #273) Despite their various political differences, if there's one thing that we know all U.S. presidents have shared, it's that they have horrible taste in music. Seriously, most candidates pick cheesy, corny songs for their campaigns, and it's not like anything gets better after they get elected. Even President Obama, who ran on a platform of hope and change, recently released a Spotify playlist with a lot of duds (Ricky Martin? Two songs by Sugarland? James Taylor? A 15-year-old No Doubt deep cut?) crowding out a handful of decent songs. It's not that [...]

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