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Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

You can't go back. Sufjan Stevens wrestles with that fact throughout Carrie & Lowell, his first proper full-length album since 2010's primal digital freakout The Age Of Adz. Stevens' mother -- Carrie, from the album title -- died in December 2012 after a troubled life that found her battling substance abuse and schizophrenia and leaving… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Serious giants occupy 5 Best Songs this week. You've got Kendrick Lamar, the architect of a new album so utterly dizzying and forceful it survived its semi-botched surprise release completely unscathed. Then you've got Grimes and Bleachers on the same track, plus an explosive new one from Death Grips, and of course, another… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2015

Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

Later this month, Sufjan Stevens will release Carrie & Lowell, an album named after his mother and stepfather and inspired, in part, by his mother's death. Musically, the album returns Stevens to the placid, crystalline folk of his Seven Swans days, leaving behind the maximalist pop experiments of his last few years. And eve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Some notes on methodology: We compile this list at the end of the day Thursday, so the 5 Best Songs Of The Week recognizes "the week" as as a seven-day period that starts on Friday and ends on Thursday; e.g., anything that came out today is eligible for next week's list. This week, Death Gri… More »

By: Stereogum / March 13, 2015

Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”

"Should Have Known Better" is our second preview of Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell, and like "No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross," it's a spare, gorgeous, heavy-hearted folk song. This one is slightly more upbeat, with an instrumental interlude that might be the prettiest moment on the album. Listen below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2015

Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell “Silent” Listening Parties Begin Tomorrow In NYC; Here Are The Album Lyrics

In the lead-up to the release of Carrie & Lowell, Asthmatic Kitty will be holding "silent" listening parties worldwide for the new Sufjan Steven album. They are being dubbed the "Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party," and the first one will take place at Other Music in New York City tomorrow (2/28). More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

All the songs chosen for 5 Best Songs this week are, intentionally or not, crushingly self-reflective and introspective. They concern relationships and how we actually relate to others emotionally, not just romantically, as well as how we treat ourselves. But that's a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Let's say that they're all… More »

By: Stereogum / February 20, 2015

Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”

"No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross" is the lead single from Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell, the album touted as his return to folk music. It's definitely recognizable as Stevens in folk mode, yet it's distinctly different from the Sufjan of 10-12 years ago: His voice sounds way deeper, and his attitude… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 16, 2015

Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival Reveals Full Lineup Feat. Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Spoon

The lineup for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires festival is here, and as you might expect, it's both charming and formidable. Bon Iver will headline -- their first live performance since November 2012 -- alongside the National, Sufjan Stevens, and Spoon. Vernon's fellow folk-rockers the Tallest Man on Earth, Sam Amidon, and Hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 11, 2015

Sufjan Stevens Announces Spring 2015 North American Tour

Sufjan Stevens is taking this comeback thing very seriously. Not only is he releasing Carrie & Lowell, his first proper album in five years, this spring. He also just announced a massive two-month North American tour. Check out the dates below, and buy tickets here beginning this Friday, 1/30 at 10AM EST. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 26, 2015

Sufjan Stevens Announces Carrie & Lowell Album, A Return To His “Folk Roots”

Good news for everybody who's been patiently waiting for Sufjan Stevens to dispense with electro-pop experiments, orchestral suites, bizarro hip-hop excursions, and twisted Christmas songs: He's just announced Carrie & Lowell, an album that's being billed as a return to his "folk roots." A trailer accompanying the release includes a snippet of placid, grandly… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 12, 2015

Watch A Trailer For Sufjan Stevens’ Rodeo Documentary

As previously reported, Sufjan Stevens will spend six days later this month playing a live score for Round-Up, a slow-motion documentary about rodeos, at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. Stevens will be playing electronic stuff, and he'll be accompanied by the piano and percussion ensemble Yarn|Wire. Aaron and Alex Craig shot the footage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015

Sufjan Stevens Is Scoring A Slow-Motion Rodeo Documentary

Sufjan Stevens will be scoring a slow-motion documentary called Round-Up at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. He'll perform the score live on electronics alongside ensemble Yarn|Wire, who will be playing piano and percussion. The footage was shot by Aaron and Alex Craig at Oregon's Pendleton Round-Up. Stevens previously collaborated with BAM on last year's PlanetariumMore »

By: James Rettig / November 2, 2014

50 Cent, Sufjan Stevens Playing Cyndi Lauper’s Home For The Holidays Benefit

Sufjan Stevens has presumably been dreaming of playing a show with 50 Cent ever since he picked out that outfit for Sisyphus' "Booty Call" video. Later this year, he'll get his chance. It's for a good cause, too. Both Sufjan and 50 are on the bill at Cyndi Lauper's Home For The Holidays benefit,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2014

Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino – “Take The Time”

Last week we shared Stranger Cat's cover of Sia's "Chandelier" along with news that certain backers of the band's PledgeMusic campaign would get a limited edition Flexi-Disc featuring music by Stranger Cat's Cat Martino with frequent collaborator Sufjan Stevens. Today a song from that Flexi-Disc can be heard for 24 hours. It's called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014

Watch St. Vincent Attempt To Identify Songs By Her Biggest Influences In A Cruel Listening Test

Annie Clark has always been open to talking about her musical influences, from Miles Davis to Steely Dan. She even got to collaborate and release an album with one of her favorite musicians, David Byrne. During some downtime at last weekend's Rock En Seine festival where St. Vincent was playing a set, French site More »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014

Sufjan Stevens – “A Little Lost” (Arthur Russell Cover)

Six months ago we heard about a pending Sufjan Stevens contribution to Red Hot's long-gestating Arthur Russell tribute comp, which also includes covers by Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Jose Gonzalez, and many more. The comp has been renamed Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, and Sufjan's take on Russell's "More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014

Sufjan Stevens – “Year Of The Tiger” Video

Sufjan Stevens released his album Enjoy Your Rabbit way back in 2001, but it's just now coming out on vinyl for the first time, and so he's got a new video for "Year Of The Tiger," a twitchy impressionistic sound collage that appeared on the LP. The animated clip comes from director Geoffrey Hoskinson,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2014

Sufjan Talks To Vogue About His New Ballet

It's been a while since we've heard solo work from Sufjan Stevens, but the man has been busy just the same. Earlier this year he released the experimental rap debut as Sisyphus (a collaboration with Son Lux and Serengti) and more recently he's been working on music for a performance by the New York… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014

Sisyphus – “Take Me” Video (NSFW)

Sisyphus is Sufjan Stevens's new art-pop trio with kinda-unlikely collaborators Son Lux and Serengeti, and Stevens seems to be using it as a way to cut loose. Consider, if you will, the "Booty Call" video, a strange piece of party-rap pastiche that threw Sufjan and Serengeti into a room full of girls making out. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014
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