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It never topped Billboard’s Hot 100, didn’t receive any Grammy nominations, and wasn’t among YouTube’s 10 most popular music videos this year, but in 2015 Drake’s “Hotline Bling” dominated online culture like no other song.

This huffy, nineteen85-produced one-off had an inauspicious mid-summer debut on Beats 1’s OVO Sound Radio, where it was… More »

This time last year we were perturbed with the Grammys for generating a slate of 2015 nominees that honored a bunch of mediocre white musicians at the expense of black excellence. Even within the bizarre and outmoded musical value system that is the Grammys, it felt like a regression. So it’s especially surprising that the… More »

We heard it again and again in 2015: This year in music is so good that any attempt to make sense of it is going to be a fool’s errand. And it’s true. We always agonize over our year-end lists, but we agonized harder over this one than we usually do. There are albums that… More »

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Watch Sufjan Stevens’ Live “Carrie & Lowell” Video

Sufjan Stevens toured pretty much all of last year in support of his most recent album, Carrie & Lowell, and today he's shared a live…
James Rettig | February 8, 2016 - 3:35 pm
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Danny Brown Discusses His Love For Sufjan Stevens, Natalie Prass

Danny Brown has been extremely active on Twitter in the past couple of days, responding to fans' questions in a kind of unofficial, no-time-limit AMA…
Peter Helman | January 23, 2016 - 8:24 pm
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Watch Gallant Cover Sufjan Stevens’ “Blue Bucket Of Gold” With Sufjan On Piano

Sufjan Stevens brought R&B singer Gallant along with him on his fall tour (and covered "Hotline Bling" with him!), and they're continuing their partnership in…
James Rettig | January 6, 2016 - 12:16 pm
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Watch Sufjan Stevens Cover “Hotline Bling”

Even if Drake's "Hotling Bling" has missed its chance to make it to #1 on the charts, it's still ubiquitous, and it's definitely still the…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 10:48 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “Blue Bucket Of Gold (Remix)”

Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell still stands as one of the best albums of the year, and today he's shared an official remix of "Blue…
James Rettig | October 22, 2015 - 9:57 am
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The Week In Pop: 23 Artists Who Should Make Their SNL Debut This Season

Saturday Night Live's 41st season premieres this Saturday with Miley Cyrus holding down joint duties as host and musical guest. (Joint, get it? Because Miley…
Chris DeVille | October 1, 2015 - 2:37 pm
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Sufjan Stevens Announces Fall US Tour Dates

Sufjan Stevens' latest masterpiece, Carrie & Lowell, topped our 50 Best Albums Of The Year So Far list for a reason and, by all accounts,…
James Rettig | July 21, 2015 - 11:06 am
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Watch Bon Iver Debut Two New Songs At Eaux Claires Festival

There are, obviously, a lot of festivals these days. You have the establishment, your Bonnaroos and Lollapaloozas and Coachellas, the most massive and famous of…
Ryan Leas | July 19, 2015 - 2:22 pm
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The National Perform With Sufjan Stevens And Justin Vernon, Cover The Grateful Dead At Eaux Claires

Yesterday was the first day of the inaugural Eaux Claires festival, a small occasion in rural Wisconsin dreamt up and brought to life by Justin…
Ryan Leas | July 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm
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Illinois Turns 10

Like almost everything else about it, the release date of Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is almost too perfect. It's one thing to write an album about…
Michael Tedder | July 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm
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The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How…
Stereogum | June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am
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Gaspar Claus – “Birth & Death Of A.” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Soler, The National’s Bryce Dessner, & More) (Stereogum Premiere)

In 2012, the French cellist Gaspar Claus asked 11 musicians to partake in a one-time-only collaborative performance piece that took place over the course of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

Watch Sufjan Stevens Perform His Unreleased Noise Track “Harsh Noise”

If you're going to name a piece of music "Harsh Noise," that title either has to be completely ironic or completely accurate. In the case…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2015 - 11:30 am
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Preview Gaspar Claus’ One Night Stand, A New LP Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Porcelain Raft

In 2012, French cellist Gaspar Claus gathered a group of musicians in Brooklyn to create something in a single night. The session featured some key…
Caitlin White | May 22, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Watch Sufjan Stevens Play “The Predatory Wasp…” Live For The First Time In 8 Years

Sufjan Stevens has been touring North America over the past month in support of Carrie & Lowell, and he's taking a few weeks off before…
James Rettig | May 17, 2015 - 11:30 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “Exploding Whale”

Sufjan Stevens' tour is underway, and a song from his tour-only 7" has made its way online. "Exploding Whale" presumably didn't make it on Carrie
Chris DeVille | April 13, 2015 - 10:51 am
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Watch Sufjan Stevens Perform Carrie & Lowell Songs For The First Time At Philly Tour Opener

The heartbreaking Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens' public reckoning with his troubled mother's death, and possibly the songwriter's best work, is one of this spring's…
Scott Lapatine | April 11, 2015 - 5:19 pm
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