Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver, meaning “good winter”, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.
During the last performance of their 2012 tour in Dublin’s The O2, Vernon announced that this was to be their last performance as a band “… at least for a while…”. While these two events have provoked speculation as to whether this is a definite end to the band or simply a hiatus, a representative for Bon Iver’s label, Jagjaguwar, issued the statement “They are just going off cycle after two very busy years on this record.”