Five artists cashing in on Bon Iver's popularity

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When Bon Iver took home the Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album in 2012, you knew that it would only be a matter of time before other acts and musicians started capitalizing on the current trend and borrowing heavily from Justin Vernon's downcast, alone-in-the-woods sound.

Here are five artists who have taken advantage of the attention showed towards Bon Iver's distinctive sound -- ranging from creative fans to outright imitators.

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Justin Vernon: Not sure what I or the world needs from Bon Iver anymore

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If the memo didn't already hit home, Justin Vernon has put Bon Iver on the back burner for the time being. As we pointed out last week, a few interviews regarding the release of Volcano Choir's Repave fingered him for the status of his most well-known project, but he seemed more excited to discuss the potential of an experimental festival in Eau Claire starring his pals in Marijuana Deathsquads.

The members of Volcano Choir took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session on Wednesday that covered a variety of topics -- good local pizza, why Gucci Mane makes good lawn-mowing music, and Vernon driving home from his grandmother's funeral listening to John Prine -- but it didn't pass without yet another run-through of the familiar "what up with Bon Iver" themes.

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Justin Vernon might stage a festival with Marijuana Deathsquads in Eau Claire

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Justin Vernon performing with the Shouting Matches at the Bachelor Farmer's Kräftskiva fest.
A couple of interviews with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas.

After the push for his side project Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year -- and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows -- these conversations were timed with the release of another one of his groups, Volcano Choir. Also featuring members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band's trippy follow-up to 2009's Unmap is called Repave, and is out Tuesday, September 3.

Although Vernon was mainly wearing the VC hat, he still took some time to talk about collaborating with Kanye West, assembling a festival in Eau Claire, and even a little on the future of Bon Iver.

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Justin Vernon unveils the Shouting Matches debut, Grownass Man

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Justin Vernon's Grammy-winning run with Bon Iver has pushed his other side projects and random guest appearances to the forefront. Whether he's recording with Kanye, the Flaming Lips, or P.O.S., Vernon's always seems to add an ethereal indie cache.

Now comes word that Vernon's long-simmering side-project the Shouting Matches, which he formed with Peter Wolf Crier's Brian Moen back in 2008 and now features Megafaun's Phil Cook, will finally release their awesomely titled debut album, Grownass Man, on iTunes tomorrow and in traditional record stores on April 16 via Middle West.

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Gotye gushes about Prince, Katy Perry jabs Bon Iver at 2013 Grammys

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Aside from an actual victory by the Minnesota-based Okee Dokee Brothers, the 2013 Grammys had a few other moments to amuse Midwestern music fans. The main one, of course, was an appearance by Prince. For those who didn't watch the entire, dragging mess of a hashtag-obsessed show hosted by LL Cool J, these were a few moments that slowed Gimme Noise's rising bile.

After strutting out grandly with his cane in one of the longest introductions of the night, he presented the Grammy for Record of the Year to Gotye and Kimbra -- and then it felt like he was the one receiving the award. In the earlier going, Katy Perry used her moments onstage to give a good-natured jab at Bon Iver.

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Bon Iver's records both certified gold in the same week

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After a lengthy and highly successful world tour over the past year and a half (including a memorable show at the Orpheum in late 2011), things have finally started to quiet down a bit in the Bon Iver camp. But that doesn't bring an end to the steady stream of accolades and musical achievements that the Eau Claire-based band continues to receive.

Within this past week, it was announced that both Bon Iver records, the 2008 debut For Emma, Forever Ago, and 2011's Grammy winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver, have both been certified as Gold Records by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Bon Iver announces winners of remix contest

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When it was announced back in August that Bon Iver was holding a remix contest for the songs featured on the Grammy-award winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver, bedroom musicians and talented musical alchemists from around the globe all had visions of winning the $1,000 prize, as well as having their mix included in the exclusive Spotify compilation.

With nearly 2000 entries, the project not only caught the interest of the music community at large, but generated some truly wonderful reinterpretations of the stirring original material. And now the ten winning remixes have just been announced.

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Justin Vernon ponders walking away from Bon Iver, Radio City show streaming

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From Bon Iver's September 21 performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
This was a memorable weekend for our border neighbor folk act Bon Iver. Justin Vernon's band just spent a recent four-night swing performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York -- and if there's not a live album somewhere lurking within all of that, we'll eat our Gimme Noise sunglasses.

Also of note, Vernon's interview with David Campbell on the Current's Local Show aired on Sunday night, and it included -- among several engaging stories about his life in Eau Claire and recording with Kanye West -- a tidbit that suggests that Bon Iver may not be long for this world.

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The Bon Iver remix contest has 1,617 entries: Our picks

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Early this month, Grammy winners Bon Iver decided to harvest the stems to the ten songs on the Bon Iver, Bon Iver and present them to the remixing public for a contest. The creators of the best remix of each song will each bank $1,000 for their efforts and the honor of being featured on Spotify-released compilation. (Although ?uestlove expressed interest in adding his punch to "Perth," this has not yet materialized.)

Now the staggering collection of results is up for voting until September 13, and Gimme Noise wondered if listeners -- even among the most devoted Iver-ites -- will sift through all 1,617 songs to pick the true champs. We headed to the Indaba Music site and began some research, but admittedly haven't listened to every one just yet. If you enjoy Owl City, Chromeo, Laurie Anderson, chillwave, late-'90s drum & bass, and new age, this is a data set for you.
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Bon Iver announces remix contest

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Bon Iver's richly evocative, Grammy-winning album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, was a bit of a divisive release in certain music circles. But no matter how you feel about the record, it's become quite clear that those poignant, stirring songs have found their way into the hearts of music fans everywhere.

But for those of you who felt the production could have been more understated, the brass should have been more restrained, or that the vocals were too prominent in the mix (or even that the songs would be better without any vocals at all), now you have your chance to tinker with the songs until your heart is content.

Bon Iver have just announced a remix contest partnership with Spotify and Indaba Music, where fans can download audio stems of each song on Bon Iver, Bon Iver, allowing them to transform each of the tracks into entirely different sonic creations of their own.


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