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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 »

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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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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Deconstructing: Sufjan Stevens And Christian Music

Sufjan Stevens dropped 59 songs' worth of existential Christmas crisis on the world this week in the form of a five-disc collection called Silver &
Chris DeVille | November 16, 2012 - 12:13 pm
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Stream Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas

Earlier today, Sufjan shared the video for "I'll Be Home For Christmas," one of the tracks from his huge Christmas box set Silver & Gold.
Corban Goble | November 13, 2012 - 9:30 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Video

Sufjan Stevens's holiday-themed EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas comes out today, and he's already made two very, very different videos for…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2012 - 8:55 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “Silver & Gold” Video

Sufjan Stevens has already released one video from his forthcoming EP box Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas: The amazing claymation gorefest "Mr. Frosty Man."
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2012 - 10:32 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Hey, America! It's pretty OK sometimes! After about a year of constant political nail-biting, after daily visits to FiveThirtyEight became the only calming ritual keeping…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2012 - 8:37 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Nice job this week, video directors! There were definitely too many good videos this week. I don't know how I didn't manage to find room…
Tom Breihan | October 26, 2012 - 3:43 pm
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Sufjan Stevens – “Mr. Frosty Man” Video

Next week, Sufjan Stevens drops his Christmas-music EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas. And even though his seasonal slopfest "Mr. Frosty Man"
Tom Breihan | October 24, 2012 - 10:17 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”

Next month, Sufjan Stevens will release Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, another massive box set of Christmas-music EPs that seems like a joke but…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2012 - 9:27 am
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Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”

It's been rumored for a minute, but Sufjan Stevens has now officially announced that he'll release another of his gargantuan Christmas music box sets next…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2012 - 11:23 am
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Watch Field Report Cover Sufjan’s “Chicago”

Field Report is Chris Porterfield, Justin Vernon's former bandmate in DeYarmond Edison, and he's also the latest guest on the A.V. Club's Undercover video series,…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2012 - 4:43 pm
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Preview Sufjan Ballet Year Of The Rabbit

As Pitchfork reports, Sufjan Stevens has contributed music to the ballet Year Of The Rabbit. The ballet, which Justin Peck choreographed, will debut 10/5 at…
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2012 - 12:52 pm
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Watch Sufjan Cover “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

Lately, Sufjan Stevens has been playing a series of Planetarium concerts with composer Nico Muhly and the National's Bryce Dessner, the three of them playing…
Tom Breihan | May 31, 2012 - 4:53 pm
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Cat Martino – “I Promise” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens & Chris Powell)

Cat Martino, the singer-songwriter and former Sufjan Stevens band member, is the latest participant in "Shaking Through," a video series that documents musicians who are…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2012 - 10:16 am
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Watch Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, & Bryce Dessner Perform More Planetarium Songs

Last week, we posted video of Sufjan Stevens teaming up with the National's Bryce Dessner and indie-affiliated composer Nico Muhly to perform a gorgeous new…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2012 - 10:16 am
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