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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 »

More Sufjan Stevens stories

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…
jessica | October 11, 2010 - 11:47 am
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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…
Stereogum | September 28, 2010 - 10:36 am
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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…
jessica | September 21, 2010 - 4:22 pm
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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…
brandon | September 9, 2010 - 9:34 am
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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…
jessica | August 27, 2010 - 9:46 am
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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.
jessica | August 26, 2010 - 9:31 am
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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…
jessica | August 20, 2010 - 11:56 am
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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 in…
Amrit Singh | August 9, 2010 - 12:24 pm
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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 television…
brandon | May 14, 2010 - 10:05 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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