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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 SourdoreilleMore »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014 - 10:41 am

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 “A Little Lost“… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014 - 10:42 am

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, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2014 - 12:42 pm

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 Ballet… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 3:12 pm

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. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Watch A Cool Preview Of Sufjan Stevens’s New Ballet Everywhere We Go

Sufjan Stevens has been busy with his Sisyphus side project but he’s once again teamed up with choreographer Justin Peck to score a new ballet. They’ve previously worked together on Year Of The Rabbit. The new ballet, called Everywhere We Go, premieres on May 8 at New York City Ballet and features a nine-movement orchestral… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Sisyphus – “Booty Call” Video

Sufjan Stevens helped to make a song called “Booty Call,” and now he’s acting like someone who helped make a song called “Booty Call.” Earlier this month, Sufjan’s side-project trio Sisyphus, which also includes Son Lux and art-rapper Serengeti, released their self-titled full-length debut. And now Sufjan is in the video for the Serengeti-led “Booty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Seven Swans Turns 10

For the first few years of the new millennium, indie-rock’s ever-shifting center of gravity was always getting louder and more aggressive. Post-Radiohead morbidity, post-Pavement slackerdom, and various strains of expansively brainy post-rock all persisted, but they gradually ceded the spotlight to a garage rock craze headlined by the Strokes and the White Stripes, followed by… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Watch Sufjan Join The National At Last Night’s Tibet House Benefit

Sufjan Stevens has been known to help out the National in the studio (he’s appeared on all their albums since 2007’s Boxer) and on stage (he guested on a killer live version of “Afraid Of Everyone” on Letterman). That partnership continued at Carnegie Hall last night during the Tibet House US benefit that also saw… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

Stream Sisyphus Sisyphus

When we first heard s / s / s two years ago, it seemed like a goofy one-off. But against all expectations, Sufjan Steves, Son Lux, and Serengeti have decided (with the improved new name of Sisyphus) to follow through and release a full-length of their anxious experimental hip-hop. If you’ve been following the recent… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 7, 2014 - 11:43 am

Sisyphus – “Rhythm Of Devotion”

Sisyphus (formerly known as s / s / s) is the unlikely trio of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, and after releasing the Beak & Claw EP a couple of years ago, they’ll give us their self-titled debut full-length next month. They’ve already shared the album tracks “Calm It Down” and “Alcohol,” and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Sisyphus – “Alcohol” Lyric Video

The line between music video and lyric video has blurred to the point that “Alcohol,” our second taste from the upcoming self-titled album by the Sufjan/Son Lux/Serengeti trio Sisyphus (fka s / s / s), has a “lyric video” without any lyrics in it. Instead, it features a collage-like slideshow of global scenes, celebrities, and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 17, 2014 - 10:23 am

Sufjan Stevens To Cover Arthur Russell For Red Hot Comp

A few years ago we heard about This Is How We Walk On The Moon, a crowdfunded Arthur Russell tribute from the Red Hot Organization. Robyn, Laurel Halo, Hot Chip, Washed Out, and Twin Shadow were all announced as participants. While the project was not successfully funded on Kickstarter, it looks like it’s still going… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 20, 2014 - 10:51 am

Sisyphus (Sufjan, Son Lux, & Serengeti) – “Calm It Down”

Almost two years ago we heard about the formation of s / s / s, a band featuring Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. The trio released an EP called Beak & Claw then disappeared. In the meantime, Son Lux released this year’s superb, Sufjan-reminiscent Lanterns, and Serengeti has released three (3!) LPs on hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2013 - 12:20 pm

With Sufjan Laying (Ahem, Lying) Low, Son Lux And Mutual Benefit Conjure His Spirit

Son Lux’s Lanterns begins with a flurry of orchestral trills and an impossibly precious celestial chorale, all of which gives way to a doe-eyed tenor trembling over sparse, moody tones. It would sound otherworldly if it didn’t sound so familiar. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of indie-pop this past decade can easily recognize these… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Sufjan Stevens – “Jamila”

Sufjan Stevens estimates that “Jamila,” the dusty old four-track demo he posted to SoundCloud today, was recorded circa 1998 in tribute to his sister, a half-decade before Michigan rocketed him to wide acclaim. As such, it’s recognizable as Sufjan’s work but lacks the grace and grandeur he would later get a handle on. Hear it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Listen To A Rare, Early Version Of Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul”

Sufjan Stevens has uploaded “more obsolescence found on old hard drives” to his SoundCloud. This song is an early living room recording that eventually turned into the final section of “Impossible Soul,” the 25+ minute closing track on… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Sufjan Stevens – “Take Me” (Demo)

Earlier this week, Sufjan Stevens was in the news for writing Miley Cyrus a silly grammar-nerd open letter, so it’s nice to see some actual new music — or new-old music, as the came may be — from him. Stevens’s long-lost demos, like “Give A Little Love,” can often be more fleshed-out and orchestrated tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 10:24 am

Sufjan Stevens Writes Open Letter To Miley Cyrus: “You’ve Been LYING”

Lately, Sinead O’Connor, the most controversial pop star of 1993, has been writing a ton of open letters to Miley Cyrus, the most controversial pop star of 2013, mostly conveying sentiments like this: “You will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped.” It’s been a whole thing. Cyrus has been somewhat dismissive i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013 - 8:53 am

Sufjan Critiques Savages LP Typography

Late last night/very early this morning, Sufjan Stevens took to Tumblr to lambast the type design on the cover of the critically-beloved Savages’ LP Silence Yourself. In the brief post, he wrote:… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 24, 2013 - 12:02 pm
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