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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, the first run of shows behind the record were breathtakingly great. And today, fresh off his appearance at this weekend’s Eaux Claires Festival, he’s announced a run of North America… More »

By: James Rettig / July 21, 2015 - 11:06 am

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 the buffet-table approach to live music. Then you have your smaller, more idiosyncratic ones. Bonnaroo or Coachella have a certain character and ethos, a certain vibe attached to the place… More »

By: Ryan Leas / July 19, 2015 - 2:22 pm

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 Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner. There are a lot of great bands and impressive performances to choose from so far at the festival, but there’s still this sense that… More »

By: Ryan Leas / July 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm

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 what it means to want to believe in your country during a time when many people struggled to believe in anything. It was something else to release that album o… More »

By: Michael Tedder / July 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm

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 can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

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 a night at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Claus’ invitation list included Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Soler, Bryce Dessner, Jessie Stein (of The Luyas), David Moore (of Bing & Ruth), Rémi Alexadre (of… More »

By: 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 of Sufjan Stevens, it’s the latter. Stevens recently took part in One Night Stand, a musical project arranged by the cellist Gasper Claus. Over one 2012 evening in Brooklyn, Clau… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

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 members of the current musical scene: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of the National, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Jessie Stein of the Luyas, David Moore of Bing And Ruth, Rémi… More »

By: 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 embarking on a quick West Coast tour, followed by a European tour later this summer. At his last show in Austin on Wednesday night, he closed out his set with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 11:30 am

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 & Lowell because of its myriad electronic elements. The song gives us a glimmer of what Sufjan’s latest might have sounded like had he continued with the electronic experiments of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 13, 2015 - 10:51 am

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 must-hear LPs. At Thursday night’s tour kickoff at Philadelphia’s Academy Of Music, Stevens brought many of the album’s songs to the stage for the first time. Watch fan-shot footage of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2015 - 5:19 pm

The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

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 - 9:04 am

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 song from… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2015 - 4:33 pm

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 even though… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 12:51 pm

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 - 3:58 pm

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 - 8:24 am

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). All of… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015 - 6:46 pm

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 - 5:30 pm

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 feel… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 16, 2015 - 8:08 am
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