Justin Vernon at Bon Iver's gig in Eau Claire last month. / By Andi Stempniak, Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Justin Vernon at Bon Iver's gig in Eau Claire last month. / By Andi Stempniak, Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Possible skit scenarios involving the musical guest for the “Saturday Night Live” episode set to air Feb. 4: All the male cast members get coached on the fine art of singing falsetto; featured member Jay Pharoah does an impression of Kanye West shopping for footwear in Eau Claire, Wis.; or a bunch of hipster musicians hanging out at the Coachella Music Festival go on a deer-hunting trek together in the California desert.

Feb. 4 is the date Bon Iver is set to perform on “SNL,” still the biggest gig on TV that a band can get outside of awards shows and the Super Bowl half-time. Eau Claire’s indie-rocker-to-the-stars (Justin Vernon) plans to squeeze his whole nine-piece band onto the puny “SNL” stage, something the Arcade Fire proved can be done. Between this and Monday’s announcement of the Coachella lineup with Bon Iver as a main-stage act, it looks like things will continue to steamroll for Vernon in 2012.

 

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