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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 loves weed? Trust me, she’d find it funny.) Although Cyrus has graced the SNL stage before, the next two musical guests, the Weeknd and Demi Lovato, are making their first… More »

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 on… More »

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 »

More Sufjan Stevens stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check Out Sufjan’s “Redford” In A Red Bull Commercial

From Sufjan's very own Tumblr site (aka 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

Sufjan Stevens – “Which One Are You?”

"Which One Are You?" is a leftover from Sufjan Stevens's 2009 multimedia project the BQE. The track was not originally included on the project due…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 3, 2013 - 10:13 am

Download Sufjan Stevens Chopped & Scrooged Mixtape

Oh boy. Oh jeez. We can do this, everybody. We can get through this. The fact is this: Sufjan Stevens has just released a mixtape.
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2012 - 12:18 pm

“Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long” @ The Georgia Theatre, Athens 11/26/12

Sufjan Stevens delighted fans in Athens, Georgia Monday night when his “Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long” came to town bringing yuletide cheer, inflatable unicorns, a cappella…
Stereogum | November 28, 2012 - 11:15 am

Sufjan Stevens – “Joy To The World” Video

Sufjan Stevens has already given us some freaky videos for songs from his new Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas EP box set, but the…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

Watch Sufjan’s Wacky Silver & Gold Infomercials

Sufjan channels his inner Paul Rudd for this suggestive Silver & Gold infomercial, a riff on the Time Life infomercials of yore. It's the first…
Corban Goble | November 20, 2012 - 12:43 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don't know if it's a seasonal affective disorder thing or what, but this is the week when almost all the really good videos got…
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2012 - 12:45 pm
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