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Sufjan Stevens Gives 'The Greatest Gift' to His Biggest Fans

The Greatest Gift is a record for those who are already Sufjan Stevens diehard fans, and there are a LOT.

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Newport Folk Festival 2015: Dylan '65 Revisited and the Community at Fort Adams

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was an amazing event with a great lineup of artists, the vibe of a small community and a beautiful location.

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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.

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Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.

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The 11 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs

Sufjan Stevens recently announced his first solo album in five years, Carrie & Lowell. This list of 11 of the best songs in his eclectic catalog is sure to get you back in the Sufjan mood.

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Beau Jennings - "Scattered Lights" (audio) (Premiere)

This track, inspired by the musical legacy of Will Rogers, finds Oklahoma songwriter Beau Jennings joined by Sufjan Stevens for a beautiful, reflective piano ballad.

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An Indie Christmas Music List

A list of some Christmas-themed music by indie artists for your lonesome holiday nights.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

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Half-handed Cloud: Flying Scroll Flight Control

If you were to listen to this 18 song album, which clocks in at less than 30 minutes, you could play a drinking game with every time that God, Jesus or Moses, or other religious elements, are namechecked.

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Okayplayer Holiday Jam: 9 December 2013 - Brooklyn Bowl, NY (Photos)

Going into their 15th year, Okayplayer celebrated the milestone with lots of great music at its annual star-studded affair led by the Roots.

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Shugo Tokumaru: In Focus?

Shugo Tokumaru is a lover of excess, but there's always a song like "Tightrope" living in a pop connoisseur.

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Counterbalance No. 110: Sufjan Stevens' 'Illinois'

When the revenant came down, we couldn’t imagine what it was. Turns out it was the 110th most acclaimed album of all time. Sufjan Steven’s 2005 magnum opus is this week’s Counterbalance.

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Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas – Volumes Six-10

Silver & Gold is a great present unto itself, and there’s certainly enough here to make the Sufjan completist giddy with glee.

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Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

A good holiday album for smart, gentle souls who like fires, sweaters, and evocative songwriting, and who avoid the mall on Black Friday.

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Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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Now Hear This!: Will Stratton

Four albums into his career, Will Stratton just finished his first-ever European tour, having just barely formed a new label to put out his incredible new disc Post-Empire. Not bad for someone who just turned 25 ...

Evan Sawdey
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Shannon Stephens - "What Love Looks Like" MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

The buoyant single “What Love Looks Like”, debuting here on PopMatters, is clearly the product of a life-learned maturity. Fittingly making its premiere on Valentine’s Day, the song is a portrait of modern-day love, set to an upbeat and melodious tune

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Kicked in the Teeth by Art

For a full day, it seemed like I got pummeled by unflinching art. And I feel like I'm better for it.

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Art Endures, Capitalism Degenerates: The Evolving Career of Amanda Palmer

The arts have always suffered and survived in times of economic depression. Amanda Palmer has forged a career that has not only weathered the recession, but rejects the received wisdom of the music industry. Is she an exception to the rule, or an example other artists should follow?

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Apparat: The Devil's Walk

The German electronic musician and erstwhile member of Moderat returns with a warmer, softer edge than contemporaries like James Blake.

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Curtain Speech: An Interview with DM Stith

After My Brightest Diamond loaned him some recording software and he sold his first-ever Sufjan Stevens CD well before he started playing with him, DM Stith finally is coming into his own ...

Jennifer Brown
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Sufjan Stevens: 7 May 2010 - Berlin

Team Sufjan convinced the shy German crowd to rise, dance, and sing along, despite the show being in an old, seated theater house.

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Late Fall New Music Playlist

New releases plus a trip to a music festival gives plenty of options for a playlist

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Top Ten Tracks for Your Holiday Playlist

Weary of Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” for the 567th time? Here's an alternate selection of songs to consider spinning during the holiday season.

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Sufjan Stevens: 15 November 2010, New York

With a dozen musicians, Sufjan Stevens' new foray into electronica became a bold expression of the human condition.

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Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

The Age of Adz is occasionally transfixing, but overall inconsistent.

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Frontier Ruckus: Deadmalls and Nightfalls

Deadmalls and Nightfalls is a musical map to the psyches of its performers. You will want to know the words by heart to sing under the haze of summer starlight.

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Cars & Trains: The Roots, The Leaves

Sounding like a mixture between indie darlings Sufjan Stevens and Why?, Cars & Trains creates a lush and textured environment full of idiosyncratic lyrics and a sense of melancholia that charms its way into your life.

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St. Vincent: 18.Feb.2010 - Chicago

St. Vincent enchanted Chicago's Metro last week with her eclectic mix of synthesized funk, orch-pop, electronica, art-rock, and even understated use of hip hop.

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Happy-Go-Plucking

Steve Martin, Sufjan Stevens, and Kermit the Frog all know it and you should, too: the banjo is hands-down the coolest instrument out there.

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Various Artists: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Björk, Elvis Costello, Sufjan Stevens, Prince and more pay tribute to Joni Mitchell.

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