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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 »

More Sufjan Stevens stories

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…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm
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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.
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…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2014 - 1:02 pm
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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,…
Chris DeVille | March 17, 2014 - 2:05 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | March 12, 2014 - 11:38 am
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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…
Miles Bowe | March 7, 2014 - 11:43 am
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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
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | February 17, 2014 - 10:23 am
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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.
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…
Chris DeVille | December 19, 2013 - 12:20 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | November 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm
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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…
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…
Miles Bowe | October 22, 2013 - 2:55 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2013 - 10:24 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2013 - 8:53 am
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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
Claire Lobenfeld | July 24, 2013 - 12:02 pm
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Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10

Before Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was a footnote within a curiosity. In 2003, the Michigan-raised Brooklyn transplant was best known as part of the entourage surrounding…
Chris DeVille | July 1, 2013 - 12:11 pm
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National’s Trouble To Feature Sufjan, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten

The National's sixth full-length album, Trouble Will Find Me, is due out on May 21st via 4AD. It's their first album since 2010's High Violet.
Liz Pelly | March 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm
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Sufjan Stevens – “Give A Little Love” (Demo)

On his Tumblr, Sufjan Stevens shared an unfinished song; apparently, he'd forgotten that it existed. To hear Sufjan tell it, he found "Give A Little…
Tom Breihan | March 1, 2013 - 10:22 am
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Check Out Sufjan’s “Redford” In A Red Bull Commercial

From Sufjan's very own Tumblr site (aka sufjan.com) comes news of the estimable Mr. Stevens's first post-Xmas project of the new year: Turning over the…
Amrit Singh | January 7, 2013 - 5:06 pm
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