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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 o… 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 »

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

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Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t

Tonight, as anyone who’s been near a TV in the past month already knows, the much-hyped Fox singing-competition show The X Factor makes its debut. The Americanized version of the hit British show might be new to us, but then again, it’s not really new to us. Simon Cowell is the man responsible for putting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Watch Sufjan’s Dance Rehearsal

The folks at Vulture brought cameras to critically acclaimed Adz salesman Sufjan Stevens’s recent dance rehearsals in preparation for his pair of upcoming, tour-concluding Prospect Park shows. What? Oh yeah, Sufjan’s live show now features intricate dance routines, and these Brooklyn shows are going to expand the ones you may have seen over this tour’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Watch Sufjan Play “Pleasure Principle” On Soundcheck

During a trip to WNYC’s Soundcheck in anticipation of his Age Of Adz shows at Prospect Park, Sufjan Stevens performed “Pleasure Principle,” the final pretty bit of 25-minute Adz closer “Impossible Soul.” The National’s Bryce Dessner and two backup singers joined him. More »

By: brandon / July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Sufjan Stevens – “Get Real Get Right” Video

Sufjan Stevens directed this frenetic stop-motion clip for The Age Of Adz’s “Get Real Get Right,” extending the album’s visual aesthetic, linking to the colorful Adz live show, and offering momentary corpse paint in a Kabuki makeover. The art he’s cutting-up is by Royal Robertson, one of the folks featured in the previously mentioned documentary… More »

By: brandon / July 7, 2011 - 11:36 am

Watch The Trailer For Sufjan’s Last Age Of Adz Concert

You don’t often see bands releasing trailers for gigs, but Sufjan Stevens’ pair of upcoming Brooklyn shows are special. On August 2 and 3, Soof and “his Astral Masters of Song and Dance” head to the Prospect Park Bandshell to perform The Age Of Adz for the final time. RIYL DayGlo… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 23, 2011 - 11:40 am

Bonnie “Prince” Billy Covers Sufjan

Will Oldham’s cover of “All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands” appears on the Sufjan Stevens-blessed Seven Swans Reimagined. Oldham’s joined by Meg Baird, Emmett Kelly, Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Sabrina Rush, and Danny Kiely for his take. The collection also includes covers of tracks from Stevens’ 2004 Seven Swans by DM… More »

By: brandon / March 28, 2011 - 9:58 am

Sufjan Stevens Documentary Gets New Trailer, But No Release Planned

Kaleo La Belle’s 52-minute 2006 documentary Crooked River focuses on Sufjan Stevens and his brother Marzuki and their first visit to their father in Michigan in a number of years. It hasn’t been released, and apparently there’s no release date because it may never be released, but here’s the new trailer anyway. At the very… More »

By: brandon / January 6, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Hear Two Xmas Songs From Sufjan, The National, Arcade Fire

This is an off-year for Sufjan’s Xmas-album-release schedule, but the Dessner brothers of Bluzzbood, Ohio have helped bridge the gap this holiday season by leaking a couple of previously unheard yuletide treats via their guest DJ stint on the BBC 6. The leak of these Christ songs likely have Sufjan’s blessing because they are Christ… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2010 - 11:21 am

Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much” Video

It’s the year of unlikely Sufjan Stevens moves: on Friday he made his network TV debut, performing “Too Much” for Jimmy Fallon. And today we’ve got a rare music video from Stevens, also for “Too Much.” It’s a pretty simple clip of Stevens and some friends doing stroboscopic dance moves for the camera. But hi… More »

By: jessica / November 22, 2010 - 9:50 am

Sufjan Plays Fallon

A year ago, our own Brandon Stosuy interviewed Sufjan Stevens about art, the internet, and lots of other stuff. Note this passage:

STOSUY: I’ve never seen you play any Late Night TV shows. Everyone does those now. You just not want to do them?

STEVENS: I don’t understand why bands do… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 20, 2010 - 2:15 am

Sufjan Stevens @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 10/24/10

Sufjan Stevens opened his show with “Seven Swans,” then thanked the audience “… for letting me be dramatic, I am a drama queen.” After learning that Stevens went through a life-threatening illness while completing The Age Of Adz, it’s hard to accuse him of dramatics. But his L.A. show did feature self-indulgence as a theme… More »

By: jessica / October 25, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Sufjan Reveals Health Issues, Has Career-Best Sales Week

Sufjan Stevens’s The Age Of Adz gave him his career’s best sales week yet. Billboard reports that it debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. That’s 36,000 copies sold last week. This is good news for Sufjan and Asthmatic Kitty, especially after what seems like a very difficult year for Stevens:… More »

By: jessica / October 22, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Sufjan On Retiring His Shtick

Looking at the discussion around The Age Of Adz, a lot of you loved the album for all the ways it wasn’t like Illinoise. It’s vulnerable, raw, and immediate, and not as immediately pretty. Stevens’s recent interview with the Irish Times confirms that he had the same things in mind when he was making the… More »

By: jessica / October 11, 2010 - 11:47 am

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz Premature Evaluation

Sufjan Stevens makes songs the length of EPs, and EPs the length of albums, so after a few listens you realize it’s hard to get in a few listens of the nearly hour and a half long Age Of Adz. But is it worth the extra time and the extra money? Yes. More »

By: Stereogum / September 28, 2010 - 10:36 am

Age Of Adz: Worth More Than A Latte?

A post today on The Guardian’s website talks about a recent email that Asthmatic Kitty sent to its mailing list, asking that anyone purchasing digital copies of Sufjan Stevens’s The Age Of Adz please buy from indie upstart Bandcamp or another independent retail site instead of Amazon. Writes Asthmatic Kitty:… More »

By: jessica / September 21, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much”

One song further into Sufjan Stevens’ The Age Of Adz and it looks like the bed of electronics will only grow more complex. You got a sense of the new approach on “I Walked,” basically a standard Sufjan song with different instrumentation. He opens it up on the more ambitiously sprawling “Too Much,” which you… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2010 - 9:34 am

Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked”

Here’s “I Walked,” the fourth track from Sufjan Stevens’s upcoming The Age Of Adz. You’ll get a small taste of what the press release said would be “… deliberately electronic, synthesized (and occasionally danceable!)” stuff on the album. Have a listen:… More »

By: jessica / August 27, 2010 - 9:46 am

Sufjan Stevens The Age Of Adz

So it’s a double surprise. After going years without a new studio release, Sufjan Stevens dropped the All Delighted People EP on us on Friday. And today Asthmatic Kitty announced that a full-length record from Stevens, titled The Age Of Adz will be out October 12. It is, as they point out, his first LP… More »

By: jessica / August 26, 2010 - 9:31 am

Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP Out This Instant

It’s been a while. Today Sufjan Stevens released a new, eight-song EP, titled All Delighted People, on Bandcamp. You can stream the tracks for free below, or download the whole thing for $5. According to Asthmatic Kitty, the album will be on other digital retail sites on August 23, and will be out in physical… More »

By: jessica / August 20, 2010 - 11:56 am

Sufjan Stevens 2010 Fall Tour Announced

Here we go, the man who won’t complete the 50 States project will instead visit a good deal of them, for the first time in a long time, with a proper tour of “historic theaters and venues” he “personally structured,” which I believe is code for prepare to be emotionally moved (or bitches brewed). It… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2010 - 12:24 pm
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