Sufjan Stevens

Panorama Day 2: Kendrick Lamar spreads the love in profound headlining set

“We came all the way from the West Coast to spread motherf—ing love,” Kendrick Lamar told an exhausted Panorama crowd early in his headlining set Saturday night. On the second day of the festival’s inaugural iteration, temperatures verged on triple digits, but that wasn’t the sole source of the audience’s fatigue.

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Listen to Sufjan Stevens' soothing 'Should Have Known Better'

Sufjan Stevens, who’s fought with banjos and flutes as often as he’s wrestled moody electronics and deep bass over his lengthy career, released a delicately spacious acoustic track Wednesday. “Should Have Known Better” taps the same vein as the first song off his forthcoming Carrie & Lowell album, due out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty Records, and sounds like the soundtrack to a dream you didn’t even know you were having.

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Hear Sufjan Stevens perform an exclusive live version of 'The Owl and the Tanager' from the MusicNOW compilation -- exclusive

In 2006, The National’s Bryce Dessner founded the MusicNOW festival in the band’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Unlike most indie-leaning music festivals, it’s more than a bunch of bands playing the same sets as their club tours, just on bigger stages.

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Sufjan Stevens releases first single off Carrie and Lowell

Much like the more emotion-driven tracks on 2010’s The Age of AdzSufjan Stevens’ just-released “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” is mostly free of his signature historical referencesbut with its gentle instrumentation and Stevens’ voice at its softest, the music itself sounds straight from Stevens’ earlier folk albums. Give it a listen below.

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