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Topic: Sufjan Stevens

Colin Stetson — New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Vastly unusual in an incredibly good way


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Some musicians want to make you dance. Some musicians want to make you rock. Some musicians want your money. Some musicians want to make you think.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Luke Rathborne — Dog Years E.P./I Can Be One E.P.

'90s-influenced guitar-pop that will floor you


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Luke Rathborne’s next five days look like this: opening for tastemakers Noah and the Whale in West Hollywood, playing the Paste SXSW showcase and opening for The Strokes in Austin on the same day, playing the Filter Showcase at SXSW, then hopping on up to his stomping grounds of NYC to play Bowery Ballroom with Noah again.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Outsider folk with gems to unearth


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Son Lux — We Are Rising

An ornate, ecstatic set of indie compositions


Indie

Stephen Carradini
It is difficult to categorize the music of Son Lux.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

Matt the Electrician — Accidental Thief

Maybe the Avetts’ long-lost brother?


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Banjo-playing Matt the Electrician actually was an electrician before he took up music full-time. This sort of earnest, workingman’s dignity powers his pop folk.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

VOTD: Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Get Real, Get Right’

Cartoons ... they’re for paranoid schizophrenics, too!

From last year’s very bizarre departure “The Age of Adz,” Sufjan Stevens gives stop-motion life to Royal Robertson’s deranged sci-fi art. Owners of “Adz” will recognize much of the paranoid schizophrenic’s strange work from the liner art that accompanied the album.

The video definitely illustrates Stevens’ odd fixation with Robertson, leaving us to wonder how it will affect the future of the baroque indie composer’s work. —Matt Carney
by Matt Carney 07.19.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Typhoon climbs a tree for La Blogotheque

Dogs, hanging instruments and hipsters all around you. Sounds like a typical Take Away Show to me.



The 2000s saw folk singers assemble indie-orchestra bands loaded with violins, cute musician girls and scruffy faces (Sufjan Stevens, Lost in the Trees, Austin, Texas's Mother Falcon).

Portland’s Typhoon just may have literally taken this sub-sub-genre as high as it’s ever gone.
by Matt Carney 07.22.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Sufjan Stevens live at WNYC

Watch Sufy play ‘Pleasure Principle’ with half of The National

Last week on his Postpostrock.com blog, Daniel J. Kushner published a terrific, three-part interview with neon gaff tape-wearing indie Americana folk artist Sufjan Stevens that focused on his most recent release, the odd but intriguing departure, “The Age of Adz.” Sufjan’s not known to give many interviews, so I definitely encourage you to give this one a read.

Attentive viewers will recognize one of the Dessner brothers (they’re twins, so bonus points to whoever can tell me which one it is) on this intimate live-in-studio session for WNYC radio in New York, and attentive listeners will recognize the song as the end of Sufjan’s epic suite, “Impossible Soul,” from “The Age of Adz.”

by Matt Carney 07.26.2011 3 years ago
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