When Justin Vernon broke onto the scene a few years back, some (misinformed) people thought his name was Bon Iver. It’s an understandable mistake, since his first album, For Emma, Forever Ago, was full of songs that featured nary a second performer. But then came all the buzz around the story (he recoreded the album by himself while in a cabin in the woods. It’s like Walden for sad dudes). All the hype, backlash, and Grammy awards followed. The band’s second release, Bon Iver, ended up on a ton of year end “Best Of” lists, but they are not without their detractors. Some say they are great; some wonder how a man with such a large backing band (around 11 people) could put them to sleep so easily. But as we all know, live music is a totally different beast, and a 12-man band can do wonderful things to a 4-minute song. Why are we rambling on about this? The dozen-or-so-dudes of Bon Iver are coming to the Mann Center this Sunday, and we want you to be there. To enter to win tickets, email ihopeiwin[at]philebrity[dot]com with “BONNY BEAR” in the subject header. You’ll automatically be subscribed to the forthcoming new Philebrity Reader weekly newsletter and win chances for other exclusive free stuff. We’ll be pulling winners end of day Friday, so clear your end-of-weekend plans.
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