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Saturday, August 30, 2008


Bon Iver, A.A. Bondy

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon famously recorded his breakthrough For Emma, Forever Ago while holed up for four frosty months in an isolated cabin in rural Wisconsin. (Bon Iver is a bastardization of bon hiver, French for "good winter.") It makes sense that this press-sheet backstory has become the album's defining detail: Vernon's spare arrangements of voice and acoustic guitar feel absolutely solitary; his voice, which wavers between soulful croon (with shades of TV on the Radio) and broken whisper, practically fogs up in your ears. A good winter, indeed. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $12, 21+.)

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