Stereogum Meets Sufjan

Stereogum Meets Sufjan

I’ve wanted to see Laura Veirs live since Carbon Glacier. Now that the indie folk artist is touring, with a new band, in support of the even better Year Of Meteors, I wasn’t gonna miss out.

Mercury Lounge 10:30: “Fire Snakes,” “Cool Water,” “Galaxies” … all beautiful. But I was distracted. “Sufjan Stevens is standing right next to you,” Amrit told me. And we spent a good portion of Laura’s set in fanboy mode, staring at the back of Suf’s head.

I happened to be wearing this.

Sufjan headed for the exit during Laura’s last song, but I had to say something. I had brought a Stereogum t-shirt for Amrit, but Amrit didn’t release the best album of 2005. So I gave it to Mr. Stevens instead. “My favorite color,” said Sufjan. I don’t think he wanted his photo with the tee on the Internet, so we won’t post it. And we’ve disguised him in this one.

I kept apologizing for bothering him. What would you say if you ran into your favorite artist at a show?

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