Sufjan Stevens + Cold Specks: 12 April 2015 - Hartford, CT (Photos)

Sufjan Stevens' Carrie and Lowell tour presents some of his most personal stories in a special, intimate performance.

PopMatters writer Jordan Blum caught one of the first stops (in Philadelphia) of Sufjan Stevens tour in support of his 2015 release Carrie and Lowell and covered it for this site. The review from Philadelphia is up here, but we also caught Stevens and opener Cold Specks (supporting her new album Neuroplasticity in Hartford, his first performance in Connecticut, for the fourth night of his tour. Blum wrote, "Not only does his catalog contain some of the most personal, unique, varied, and overall magnificent music of the last 20 years, but the visual accompaniments within the live setting elevate the performance into grippingly tender yet colorful art.", which should encourage you to go out and catch Stevens while you can. His upcoming tour dates, photos and a couple illicit videos from Hartford are below.

Cold Specks:

Sufjan Stevens:

Sufjan Stevens setlist:


Death with Dignity

Should Have Known Better

Drawn to the Blood

All of Me Wants All of You


John My Beloved

The Only Thing

Fourth of July

No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross

Carrie & Lowell

The Owl and the Tanager

For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti

The Dress Looks Nice on You

To Be Alone with You

Blue Bucket of Gold

[encore break]

Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.


Sufjan Stevens tour dates:

April 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater

April 22 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium

April 23 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater

April 24 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

April 25 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

April 27 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple

April 28 Grand Rapids, MI Covenant Fine Arts Center

April 29 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

April 30 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Place Des Artes

May 1 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

May 2 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

May 4 Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre

May 5 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall

May 6 Richmond, VA Altria Theater

May 7 Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center

May 9 New Orleans, LASaenger Theatre

May 10 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre

May 11 Houston, TX Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

May 12 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall

May 13 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall

June 2 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall

June 3 Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion

June 4 Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion

June 5 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

June 6 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

June 8 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

June 9 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

June 10 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre

June 11 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre

July 17-18 Eaux Claires Festival Eau Claire, WI


CT-based booking and promotions company Manic Productions brought their home state the gift of Stevens performance. They are also involved in the booking of the newly restored New Haven Palace Theatre (now dubbed College Street Music Hall, where Polaris, The Decemberists, Reel Big Fish, Neon Trees and more will perform before the end of summer.

To be a migrant worker in America is to relearn the basic skills of living. Imagine doing that in your 60s and 70s, when you thought you'd be retired.

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Publisher: W. W. Norton
Author: Jessica Bruder
Publication date: 2017-09

There's been much hand-wringing over the state of the American economy in recent years. After the 2008 financial crisis upended middle-class families, we now live with regular media reports of recovery and growth -- as well as rising inequality and decreased social mobility. We ponder what kind of future we're creating for our children, while generally failing to consider who has already fallen between the gaps.

Keep reading... Show less

The World of Captain Beefheart: An Interview with Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx

Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx (photo © Michael DelSol courtesy of Howlin' Wuelf Media)

Guitarist and band leader Gary Lucas and veteran vocalist Nona Hendryx pay tribute to one of rock's originals in this interview with PopMatters.

From the opening bars of "Suction Prints", we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast 'n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band.

Keep reading... Show less

Very few of their peers surpass Eurythmics in terms of artistic vision, musicianship, songwriting, and creative audacity. This is the history of the seminal new wave group

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee's yearly announcement of the latest batch of potential inductees always generates the same reaction: a combination of sputtering outrage by fans of those deserving artists who've been shunned, and jubilation by fans of those who made the cut. The annual debate over the list of nominees is as inevitable as the announcement itself.

Keep reading... Show less

From Haircut 100 to his own modern pop stylings, Nick Heyward is loving this new phase of his career, experimenting with genre with the giddy glee of a true pop music nerd.

In 1982, Nick Heyward was a major star in the UK.

As the leader of pop sensations Haircut 100, he found himself loved by every teenage girl in the land. It's easy to see why, as Haircut 100 were a group of chaps so wholesome, they could have stepped from the pages of Lisa Simpson's "Non-Threatening Boys" magazine. They resembled a Benetton knitwear advert and played a type of quirky, pop-funk that propelled them into every transistor radio in Great Britain.

Keep reading... Show less

This book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.

Marcelino Truong launched his autobiographical account of growing up in Saigon during the Vietnam War with the acclaimed graphic novel Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63, originally published in French in 2012 and in English translation in 2016. That book concluded with his family's permanent relocation to London, England, as the chaos and bloodshed back home intensified.

Now Truong continues the tale with Saigon Calling: London 1963-75 (originally published in French in 2015), which follows the experiences of his family after they seek refuge in Europe. It offers a poignant illustration of what life was like for a family of refugees from the war, and from the perspective of young children (granted, Truong's family were a privileged and upper class set of refugees, well-connected with South Vietnamese and European elites). While relatives and friends struggle to survive amid the bombs and street warfare of Vietnam, the displaced narrator and his siblings find their attention consumed by the latest fashion and music trends in London. The book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.

Keep reading... Show less
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2017 All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.