By Hollister Dixon
One of the most wonderful things about Sufjan Stevens is that you never quite know what to expect from him, both on record and live. He’s someone who has swung wildly from intimate and banjo-intensive, to heavily-orchestrated or even downright epic, all with the same level of passion and dedication. His live shows aren’t any different; I personally have seen him on two occasions: the first of which being a neon-lit blowout at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on the Age of Adz tour, and again at the Aladdin Theater, where he brought the house down with a show almost entirely populated with Christmas songs, with a stage that looked like a thrift store had exploded all over it and the massive Song Wheel he’d brought with him. The latter ended with him climbing a stack of speakers while inflatable unicorns bounced around the crowd.
Stevens’ career has been littered with gigantic gaps in activity, occasionally peppered with odd projects he’s worked on, but the release of an actual, full-on album feels like an event now, considering his forthcoming record, Carrie & Lowell, is only his second studio album in the decade (!) since Illinois came out. And, of course, a new album means that you’ve got a fantastic chance to catch him in a live setting.
This April, Stevens will embark on a lengthy tour of North America in support of Carrie & Lowell, which will include a stop here in Portland, right back at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, on June 8th. Tickets for the show go onsale this Friday, January 30th, and you can read more about the show right over here.
After the jump, you can check out Asthmatic Kitty’s trailer for Carrie & Lowell – which will be out March 31st on Asthmatic Kitty Records, and check out the rest of his tour dates.