Tuesday, May 29
Gates 6 pm, Show 7 pm
Bon Iver’s wildly popular indie folk debut album For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) has earned front man Justin Vernon a very loyal following. The band’s sophomore release Bon Iver, Bon Iver is a new direction musically. Pitchfork’s Amanda Petrusich writes, “There’s also the album’s hazy narrative arc. Songs are titled after real places and fake places, but there’s no significant difference between the actual and the imagined. So much of Bon Iver concerns memory—how the passage of time affects our bodies and the way we love, how we reckon with old mistakes, how we abandon prior versions of ourselves—and to that end, Vernon is a deceptively sharp linguist.” This year, Bon Iver took home the Grammy for Best New Artist.
The three sisters that make up The Staves have been making music since they were children growing up in Watford, England. Brought up in a house that echoed to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Beatles, the three took naturally to singing in three-part harmony. The Staves started playing gigs in local pubs and cafes, but now captivate audiences on much bigger stages. Guaranteed to give you goose bumps, their intertwining voices melt even the most cynical hearts. Their latest EP, Mexico, was released December 2011.