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Big Red Machine, born of the friendship of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner, is less a band than a large-scale collaboration involving dozens of musicians. Graham Tolbert /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With Big Red Machine, Justin Vernon And Aaron Dessner Are Anti-Auteurs

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Clockwise from upper left: Shy Boys, The Decemberists, Hauschka, Bermuda Triangle Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: The Decemberists, Bermuda Triangle, Justin Vernon And S. Carey, More

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has teamed up with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National to form a new band (Big Red Machine) and an artists' collective called PEOPLE. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe: The National's Matt Berninger Reflects On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'

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Part of the cover art for Planetarium, the concept album by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister and Bryce Dessner. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

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Clockwise from upper left: The National, Kalbells, Harry Styles, Fleet Foxes Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Harry Styles, The National, Fleet Foxes And More

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Hear a conversation with Lisa Hannigan

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Clockwise from upper left: Minor Victories, members of Free Cake For Every Creature, Yak, William Tyler Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: The National Covers The Grateful Dead, Free Cake For Every Creature, More

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