Tuesday, July 26, 2005
While students are away for the summer, we’ve been stocking our concert season for the fall. Here’s what’s coming up first thing in September:
Monday, September 5
8pm FAC FREE
Film: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, September 10
8pm FAC FREE
And speaking of our September 12th show: Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… SuperSufjan!
According to Metacritic, Stevens’ new album, Illinois, is officially the most acclaimed album of 2005. Much of the press around the album has (rather unfortunately) focused on the peripheral issue of a copyright dispute over the artwork (which originally featured the trademarked Man of Steel), but in this case it seems there’s no such thing as bad publicity. In addition to the critical accolades, Stevens was commissioned to write a song about the ivory-billed woodpecker for NPR, and—while not as high-caliber as the review in, say, Rolling Stone—the secularer-than-thou Seattle Weekly gushed over Stevens’ intricate God-songs. And, last and admittedly least, Sufjan is the centerpiece of my Christianity Today Music article about artists of faith who never bothered with the sacred/secular divide in the music industry.
This man and his music get around—you won’t want to miss him here in September. Want a preview of what you’re in for? You can watch Sufjan’s appearance at famous West-Coast radio station KCRW.