Gaspar Claus – “Birth & Death Of A.” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Soler, The National’s Bryce Dessner, & More) (First Listen)

In 2012, the French cellist Gaspar Claus asked 11 musicians to partake in a one-time-only collaborative performance piece that took place over the course of a night at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Claus’ invitation list included Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Soler, Bryce Dessner, Jessie Stein (of The Luyas), David Moore (of Bing & Ruth), Rémi Alexadre (of […]

Rock / Heavy Metal

Just in Time for Your Monday Morning Cry, Sufjan Stevens Releases a Song Called "Exploding Whale"

I saw Sufjan Stevens this past weekend at New York's legendary Beacon Theatre for his Carrie & Lowell tour, and because he spent his hour and a half set basically ripping every audience member's heart out and forcing us to all think about the eventual demise of humanity and existence, I'm still processing how to appropriately write […]


Sufjan Stevens – “Exploding Whale”

Sufjan Stevens’ tour is underway, and a song from his tour-only 7″ has made its way online. “Exploding Whale” presumably didn’t make it on Carrie & Lowell because of its myriad electronic elements. The song gives us a glimmer of what Sufjan’s latest might have sounded like had he continued with the electronic experiments of […]


Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

Later this month, Sufjan Stevens will release Carrie & Lowell, an album named after his mother and stepfather and inspired, in part, by his mother’s death. Musically, the album returns Stevens to the placid, crystalline folk of his Seven Swans days, leaving behind the maximalist pop experiments of his last few years. And even though […]