From the first guitar strum of his "Perth" opener, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had the New York uncapped crowd eating from the palm of his hand. He really begain heating up though, with his "Minnesota, WI" follow-up, the stage's electronic candles complimenting Vernon's AutoTuned howl like gold jewelry atop an understated evening gown. Vernon sang for a time with his eyes closed, blind to beams of adulation from the crowd, protecting himself from an energy he's well familiar with. Surely he knew what was happening, but also that he had a show to finish.
October 02, 2012