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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.” Today, we get another one, and it’s pretty much that video’s polar opposite. The video for the box’s title track, a cover of an old Johnny Marks Christmas song, i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 9, 2012 - 10:32 am

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 us in touch with our sanity, we’re finally ready to say that we don’t live in a country full of bloodthirsty Randian billionaires who want the rest of us to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2012 - 8:37 am

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 for the A Place To Bury Strangers video where toys melt and burn in extremely satisfying ways, or the Wild Nothing video where Michelle Williams, despite not really doing anything,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2012 - 3:43 pm

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” isn’t the best Christmas song you’re ever likely to hear, credit it with being the inspiration and basis for director Lee Hardcastle’s ridiculous claymation video, which involves Frosty the Snowman,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2012 - 10:17 am

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 probably actually isn’t. We’ve already heard his massive, absurd 12-minute epic “Christmas Unicorn,” and now we’ve got another of the songs from the set. This one is called “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling,” and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

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 month. This one is called Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, and it includes 58 songs spread across five EPs, which comprise entries 6-10 in his years-running Songs For ChristmasMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 11:23 am

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, in which bands cover songs that they might not ordinarily cover. On his episode, Porterfield and his band took on Sufjan Stevens’s modern classic “Chicago” and completely reworked the melody,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2012 - 4:43 pm

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 New York’s Lincoln Center. And now Yoonha Park has directed a promo film for the ballet, which has two dancers, Janie Taylor and Craig Hall, dancing on a beach to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2012 - 12:52 pm

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 compositions inspired by the planets of the solar system. That series ended last night, when all three played at Australia’s Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 4:53 pm

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 presented with the challenge of making one song in two days. For her song “I Promise,” Martino got help from Stevens himself and from Man Man’s Chris Powell. Below, we’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 10:16 am

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 song called “Venus.” As it turns out, that song is just one piece of a larger collaboration that these three guys are working on. They’re putting together Planetarium Songs, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2012 - 10:16 am

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly & Bryce Dessner – “Venus” (Live At MusicNOW)

Lately, there’s been a whole lot of crossover between the worlds of indie rock and avant-classical, and three of the parties most responsible are Sufjan Stevens, the wizardly young composer Nico Muhly, and the National’s resident experimentalist Bryce Dessner. MusicNOW, Dessner’s Cincinnati music festival, ended on Friday, and all three teamed up on the final… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 10:02 am

Stream s / s / s Beak & Claw

Recently, Sufjan Stevens teamed up with the Anticon artists Son Lux and Serengeti to form the new trio s / s / s; we’ve posted their song “Museum Day.” Their debut album Beak & Claw is out today on Anticon, which eight years ago would’ve been the last label I’d ever expect to release a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Sufjan Stevens And Rosie Thomas – “Where Were You?”

For a collaborative 7″ single that’ll be coming out on 4/21, Record Store Day, Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with his buddy and frequent collaborator Rosie Thomas. The A-side of the single is a reimagined version of “Where Were You?,” a song from Thomas’s album With Love. On the B-side, Sufjan offers up an answer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2012 - 12:49 pm

s / s / s – “Museum Day”

As previously announced, Sufjan Stevens will team up with Anticon artists Son Lux and Serengeti under the name s / s / s for an EP, Beak & Claw, that will drop later this spring. Today, they posted a song from the release called “Museum Day,” a slow-building jam with some big, auto-tuned hooks from… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 6, 2012 - 10:18 am

Sufjan, Son Lux, Serengeti Form s / s / s

Eight years ago, it would’ve been tough to picture Sufjan Stevens having anything to do with Anticon, which was then an abstract and absurdist rap label, but that’s happening. Sufjan has teamed up with two Anticon artists, Son Lux and Serengeti, to form a new trio called s / s / s, and they’ll release… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Sufjan Stevens – “Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix)”

The Michigan producer Zach Saginaw, who released his EP Lineage earlier this year, has remixed Sufjan Stevens’s The Age Of Adz track “Futile Devices,” doubling down on the track’s tingly prettiness by adding Dilla-derived bass-clouds and IDM clicks. His tweaks highlight the track’s shy melody rather than overwhelming it, which is a rare thing indeed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Sister Crayon Cover Sufjan

Sactown indie favorites Sister Crayon, whose Terra Lopez was featured prominently in our Area Codes feature highlighting that particular scene, recently recorded a cover of Sufjan’s “Futile Devices.” It’s a good match. Download the track after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 21, 2011 - 2:42 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

The Roots – “Redford”/”Possibility”/”Will To Power” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Roots’ new album undun is a concept album about a man named Redford Stephens, and as it turns out, that particular concept comes from another concept album — a very celebrated one at that. To hear Roots drummer/bandleader ?uestlove tell it, the band named the character after “Redford,” a short instrumental piece from the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2011 - 11:40 am
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