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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 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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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 Judas…
brandon | October 9, 2009 - 12:28 pm
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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 years…
Amrit Singh | October 7, 2009 - 9:17 am
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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 songs…
brandon | September 25, 2009 - 12:58 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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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New Osso – “Enjoy Your Rabbit” (Stereogum Premiere)

As we mentioned, it was Bryce Dessner who first approached Sufjan Stevens about re-arranging the 2001 Chinese Zodiac song cycle Run Rabbit Run for the…
brandon | August 14, 2009 - 12:51 pm
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Sufjan & Cryptacize Announce Fall Tour

There's been some action in camp Sufjan lately, though much of it's a retread/revisiting of past material. Good news, then, that the man's hitting smaller…
brandon | August 10, 2009 - 12:19 pm
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Sufjan Stevens’ The BQE Trailer, Release Info

After announcing the release of Run Rabbit Run remix album and an ATP NY appearance, we have more news from camp Stevens, though it's still…
brandon | July 21, 2009 - 12:24 pm
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Sufjan, SFA Added To ATP NY

Sufjan Stevens, who should stop being so lazy and put out Welcome To New Jersey, Fuggedaboutit! already, will play his first proper US show in…
Scott Lapatine | July 10, 2009 - 10:51 am
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Sufjan Stevens Readies Run Rabbit Run Remix Record

It's not a collection of new material. Entirely. Some time ago, Bryce Dessner approached Stevens about re-arranging his 2001 electronic song cycle Enjoy Your Rabbit
brandon | July 9, 2009 - 11:41 am
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Sufjan’s Song For Sofia Coppola

Before Sufjan Stevens became who he is today, he was a nerdy college kid stuffing pillows and sheets into the air vents so folks couldn't…
brandon | April 24, 2009 - 11:40 am
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Clogs/Bell Orchestre With The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sufjan Stevens & My Brightest Diamond @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/26/09

A few weeks ago rumors swirled about some Very Special Secret Guests slated to appear at last night's Shuffle Mode special at BAM. So you…
Amrit Singh | February 27, 2009 - 11:57 am
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New Buck 65 – “Blood Pt. 2″

To create "Blood Pt. 2," Buck 65 used Sufjan Stevens' epic take on the Castanets' "You Are The Blood" as a base/starting point and then…
brandon | February 5, 2009 - 12:21 pm
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New Sufjan Stevens – “You Are The Blood”

Today's Dark Was The Night track comes to us from a guy named Sufjan Stevens. It's a cover of the Castanets' "You Are The Blood,"
brandon | January 29, 2009 - 11:42 am
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Band To Watch: I Was A King

The Norwegian band I Was A King is the brainchild of Frode Strømstads. The new self-titled album, which follows 2007's Losing Something Good for Something
brandon | January 27, 2009 - 11:11 am
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New Sufjan, It’s A Christmas Miracle!

Last year Sufjan Stevens held that Xmas Xchange. Previously, he released plenty of Holiday albums for your consumption. Even when he didn't put up those…
brandon | December 22, 2008 - 8:54 am
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New Welcome Wagon – “Half A Person”

The Welcome Wagon, the betrothed duo of Reverend Thomas Vito and Monique Aiuto, sound a lot like Sufjan Stevens, the guy who produced and helped…
brandon | October 30, 2008 - 12:19 pm
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