Bon Iver Frontman to Launch Own Festival


What happens when you have headlined your share of music festivals? You decide that it’s time that you create your own music festival and that’s exactly what Justin Vernon is planning on doing.

Following in the likes of Jane’s Addiction Perry Farrell, Metallica, The National and many more artists (yes, even Insane Clown Posse), the Bon Iver frontman has decided to create his own music festival.

According to The Current, the singer has joined forces with the production company behind Boston Calling to launch the Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, WI next Summer.

While there hasn’t been an official announcement of the festival or when it will take place, sneaky people found out it would take place July 17-18, 2015 at Foster Farm in Eau Claire. The information came courtesy of a permit application filed which officially¬†passed its final rounds of approvals last night (Oct. 28).

The plans for the festival include three performances area which would explain the two stages as well as 6,000 person capacity tent requested. The tent will reportedly house artists which will all be curated by Vernon.

In addition to all that, Vernon’s festival will also offer on-site camping for attendees. In the application, it’s note that they expect 25,000 people to attend each day of the festival.

But the best part of it for Eau Claire, like Chamber of Commerce President Bob McCoy said, the festival can bring in about “eight or nine million dollars” of tourism money to Vernon’s hometown.

Not too shabby for a place many people didn’t even know existed.

Indie Supergroup Take on Phil Collins, White Stripes


What happens when you combine members of The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes and have them perform songs from Phil Collins and fellow artist, Jack White?

You get something call the Pop All Star Band, but don’t expect for this supergroup to go on and become a powerhouse of indie players.

Last week, Win Butler and his brother Will were joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture during a show in Montreal; the Arcade Fire’s hometown.

The special one-off performance happened during the halftime show of the Butler brothers’ annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game (you know, the one that Win always gets way into and does stupid stuff?).

The randomly chosen group, which also included the Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne took on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as well as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

As for the game itself, it looks like the Butler brothers’ team won which would explain why there hasn’t been any story as of yet of Win throwing a hissy-fit over a bad call.

Check out the video of the supergroup performing both tracks.