Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon is starting a new music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Recent permit applications indicate that the two-day festival, scheduled for next summer, will sell enough tickets for 25,000 attendees a day, and will feature artists (selected by Vernon) on three different stages. As The Current notes, the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival isn’t the first time the artist and producer has brought music to the region: “Vernon has long been a champion for the Eau Claire area, staying anchored in his hometown and building his April Base studio in the nearby town of Fall Creek" ... Discuss

Global superstar and human s'more Taylor Swift released 1989 this week. Maybe you heard. And while she may have her share of hate, hate, hate, haters, she also has some fans. Enough that Billboard predicts her album will sell a million copies in a week's time. If she does, she'll be history's first artist to pull of an incredible hat trick—three consecutive releases to reach platinum in a week. As a matter of fact, 1989 would be only the nineteenth album to sell a million copies in its first week since people started keeping track of all this. And people say the album format is dead ... Discuss

The erstwhile Boy Who Lived put the "rad" back in "Radcliffe" on Fallon Tuesday, giving a pretty flawless take on Blackalicious' very lyrically complex "Alphabet Aerobics." Fallon continues to be the master of mining celebrities for their hidden talents and, in the case of Radcliffe, that talent is actually pretty impressive. Take it away DJ Daniel ... Discuss

Colony House is Learning to Love the Hard Times

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My Morning Jacket has teamed with the outdoor clothing brand North Face for a new campaign that raises money to preserve public lands. The group recorded a cover of the Woody Guthrie classic “This Land Is Your Land” (which is featured in the new North Face ad below), with half of the iTunes proceeds from the song going to 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. North Face has already chipped in a $250,000 donation to the organization as part of the project ... Discuss

On '1989,' Taylor Swift Explores the Limits of Her Identity

Taylor Swift is an example of why our culture loves authenticity ...and what we still don't get about it. Read More