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Concert review: Bon Iver at Red Butte Garden

Published May 30, 2012 9:44 am

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Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon, has always been regarded as minimalist.But after watching the band headline at Red Butte Garden on Tuesday night, it would be difficult to call them anything but maximumist.On a magical night where a brilliantly white half-moon hovered overhead and the lights of the sleeping valley flanked the cool lawn of the amphitheater, Vernon was backed by eight musicians who turned his stripped-down songs of despair and desperation into — would you believe it? — anthems of hope that could inspire sing-alongs and hand-claps.

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