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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 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 »

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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 i…
Amrit Singh | August 9, 2010 - 12:24 pm

The National Bring Sufjan To Letterman, Release Bonus Track “Walk Off”

The National's performance of "Fake Empire" with Doveman on David Letterman a few years ago was one of those rare instances where Late Night televisio…
brandon | May 14, 2010 - 10:05 am

The National – High Violet Premature Evaluation

We talk a lot about "anticipation" when it comes to new releases, but it feels like folks have been awaiting the National's High Violet with…
stereogum | April 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

The National – “Afraid Of Everyone” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens)

In Brandon's beautiful review of the National's excellent show at Bell House last month, he mentioned "Runaway," a song that will be the slow jam…
Amrit Singh | April 13, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Sufjan Stevens On Jimmy Scott

Sufjan Stevens stopped by The Guardian to praise jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. Scott sings in a youthful soprano, and finds unusual phrasings and emphases inside…
jessica | March 8, 2010 - 11:17 am

Ben + Vesper – “Singing Swords” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Ben + Vesper are a married couple in Northern NJ. They have kids. They also write that they "have almost exactly the same hair color…
brandon | February 8, 2010 - 10:52 am

More People Should Be Rapping Over Sufjan Stevens Songs

Perez Hilton is holding auditions for his new boy band reality show, and comedian Joe Mande is a lock with his sick version of “For…
Amrit Singh | January 20, 2010 - 10:36 am

Obscure Sufjan Song Soundtracks Babies

The Avalanche’s “The Perpetual Self, Or ‘What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'” brings the joy in the trailer for the year-in-the-life-of-four-infants documentary Babies. Cute, yes, but…
brandon | December 2, 2009 - 3:35 pm

Sufjan Stevens On Art, The Internet, And, Yes, The 50 States Project

I recently sat down with Sufjan Stevens at the Diner on 9th Avenue in Manhattan to talk about the release of The BQE CD/DVD for…
brandon | December 1, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Is Sufjan Done With The 50 States Project?

In an interview with Paste Stevens said “the whole premise [of the project] was such a joke,” a joke maybe he took too seriously: “I…
brandon | November 5, 2009 - 11:10 am

Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of The Decade

The decade recounting started with Pitchfork handing top honors to Kid A and Uncut lusting after Jack White. Now it's Paste's turn to list their…
brandon | November 2, 2009 - 12:20 pm

Sufjan Plans Song-Based LP For Next Year

Or, as Stevens puts it, “I’m trying to dissuade any kind of conceptual framework and just write music, love songs, pop songs, and just forget…
brandon | October 23, 2009 - 2:28 pm

Sufjan Is Having A Creative Crisis

While he makes it clear he’s not retiring, Stevens does say he’s “sick of [his] conceptual ideas” and wondering what his songs mean in light…
Amrit Singh | October 14, 2009 - 2:46 pm

Sufjan Interviews Cryptacize

Stevens is “star struck,” but manages a Q&A with current tour/band-mate Nedelle Torrisi — “her exotic Italian pout, her ’80s housewife attire” — covering Juda…
brandon | October 9, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Sufjan Stevens/Cryptacize @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 10/6/09

Recently Sufjan revealed he's "at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone, having spent many year…
Amrit Singh | October 7, 2009 - 9:17 am

New Sufjan Stevens – “There’s Too Much Love”/”Age Of Adz”/”Impossible Souls” (Live In Ithaca)

Scott tells me that when he lived in Ithaca the only live music there was ska. Well, now the live music includes expansive glitch-y song…
brandon | September 25, 2009 - 12:58 pm

Sufjan Stevens Talks Songwriting With Shannon Stephens

As he does from time to time, Sufjan Stevens has upped his thoughts on a new Asthmatic Kitty signing. This time it's an interview that…
brandon | September 25, 2009 - 9:59 am

ATP NY 2009: Wayne’s World

Our second year at Kutsher's was rainier than the first, but that didn't matter so much to us or, seemingly, the other attendees: If anything,…
brandon | September 14, 2009 - 10:42 am

Sufjan Singing Seven Swans Saturday

ATP NY organizers have announced Stevens will perform Seven Swans in its entirety this weekend at Kutshers. Also, last-minute cash-only day and weekend tickets are…
brandon | September 10, 2009 - 9:25 am

New Sufjan Stevens Video – “Interlude I – Dream Sequence In Subi Circumnavigation” (From The BQE)

After its initial three-night run at BAM and the subsequent DVD's brief trailer, you're likely more than familiar with Sufjan Stevens The BQE. Stevens will…
brandon | September 9, 2009 - 12:58 pm
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