Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition, out now

April 1st, 2016 , by

The officially licensed, totally legit, 100%, Marvel-approved a-ok Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition is available now. The release includes both discs in Antimatter Blue and Cape White colors. Every copy of Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition includes a red 12″ single of a demo version of “Chicago,” die-cut into the shape of the star on the Chicago city flag. Read details on the record here.

Sufjan is touring extensively this summer at festivals near you, starting with Coachella in just a few weeks.

Blue Marvel is currently heading up The Ultimates. Issue #05 is just out.

We’re currently out of stock at AKR HQ, but record stores everywhere should have the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition.

You can also buy from these online retailers: Other Music / Amoeba Music / Zia Records / Barnes & Noble / CCVinyl /

Here are some lovely instagram photos of the edition:

Absolutely worth the wait. Everything is gorgeous. #sufjanstevens #illinoise #vinyl #nowspinning #bluemarvel

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Demo Version of Chicago Available in Illinois Blue Marvel Edition, for Preorder

February 25th, 2016 , by

We’re happy to announce that every Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition will also include a die-cut, star-shaped 12″ vinyl based on Chicago’s city flag. 

Sufjan, who plays  guitars and organ on the song, recorded the track in 2004.

The Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition includes exclusive cover art featuring Chicago-born superhero Blue Marvel, licensed officially from Marvel. In addition to the “Chicago (Demo)” 12-inch, the double LP also includes  “Antimatter Blue” and “Cape White” vinyl colors for the two discs. The audio for the special edition comes from a 2014 remastered version of Illinois.

We pressed 10,000 of the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition. The Special Edition will be available worldwide through your favorite local record store.

We’re also selling a slightly less special, misprinted 12-inch version of the song separately. The label on these 2,000 records incorrectly reads 45 RPM. The record plays best at 33 RPM.

You can preorder this misprinted 33 RPM single here. We’ll be shipping it out in April.

Sufjan To Tour Australia, New Zealand; Releases New Live Video

February 11th, 2016 , by

Sufjan has released a new live video of the title track from Carrie & Lowell. The video was filmed in North Charleston and directed by We Are Films. Long-time Sufjan collaborator Deborah Johnson edited the video.

Sufjan will be touring Australia and New Zealand in just a few weeks. You can purchase tickets here.

Monday 22 February – State Theatre, Sydney
Friday 26 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (sold out)
Saturday 27 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Sunday 28 February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (just added)
Monday 29 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday 2 March – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
Friday 4 March – Qpac Concert Hall, Brisbane
Sunday 6 March – New Zealand Festival, Wellington
Tuesday 8 March – The Civic, Auckland

Announcing Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition

November 22nd, 2015 , by

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New Sufjan Tour Just Announced, Australia in 2016

September 15th, 2015 , by

Sufjan is currently touring in the EU now, the US later this year, and – just announced – in Australia in 2016. Says The Guardian on Sufjan’s performance in London: “The solemn care with which Stevens recreates Carrie and Lowell, the album dedicated to his late mother, leaves the audience spellbound and breathless.”

Click here for details.

United States:
JUL 25 Newport RI – Newport Folk Festival
AUG 14 Lyons CO – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
OCT 24 Santa Barbara CA – The Arlington Theatre
OCT 25 Phoenix AZ – Orpheum Theatre
OCT 26 Albuquerque NM – Popejoy Hall
OCT 28 Omaha NE – Orpheum Theater
OCT 30 Buffalo NY – The Center for the Arts University at Buffalo
OCT 31 Jersey City NJ – Loews Jersey Theatre
NOV 01 Baltimore MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
NOV 03 Pittsburgh PA – Heinz Hall
NOV 04 Charlotte NC – Ovens Auditorium
NOV 05 Atlanta GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
NOV 06 Orlando FL – Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center
NOV 07 Miami FL – Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
NOV 09 Charleston SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
NOV 10 Birmingham AL – Alabama Theatre
NOV 11 Nashville TN – Ryman Auditorium
NOV 12 Louisville KY – Robert S. Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center
NOV 13 Cincinnati OH – Aronoff Center

FEB 22 Sydney – State Theatre
FEB 26 Melbourne – Hamer Hall
MAR 02 Perth – Red Hill Auditorium
MAR 04 Brisbane – QPAC Concert Hall


Sufjan Stevens Touring Europe

April 22nd, 2015 , by

To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens is touring Europe this summer and early fall.

Click here to for details.



August 28 — Dublin, Ireland – Helix w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
August 29 — Dublin, Ireland – Helix w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
August 30 – Edinburgh International Festival
August 31 — Manchester, England – O2 Apollo w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 2 — London, England – Royal Festival Hall w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 3 — London, England – Royal Festival Hall w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 4 — Brighton, England – The Dome w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 5 — End of Road Festival — Larmer Tree Gardens
September 6 — Bristol, England – Colston Hall w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 8 — Paris, France – Grand Rex w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 9 — Paris, France – Grand Rex w/ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 10 — Brussels, Belgium – Bozar w/ Mina Tindle
September 12 — Oslo, Norway – Spektrum w/ Mina Tindle
September 13 — Stockholm, Sweden – Gota Lejon w/ Mina Tindle
September 14 — Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer w/ Mina Tindle
September 15 — Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater w/ Mina Tindle
September 16 — Berlin, Germany – Admiralpalast w/ Mina Tindle
September 17 — Berlin, Germany – Admiralpalast w/ Basia Bulat
September 19 — Essen, Germany – Colosseum w/ Basia Bulat
September 20 — Geneva, Switzerland – Théâtre du Léman w/ Basia Bulat
September 21 — Milan, Italy – Teatro della luna w/ Basia Bulat
September 23 — Amsterdam, Holland – Royal Theatre Carré w/ Basia Bulat
September 24 — Amsterdam, Holland – Royal Theatre Carré w/ Austra
September 26 — Luxembourg – Grand Theatre w/ Austra
September 27 — Lyon, France – Le Radiant w/ Austra
September 29 — Barcelona, Spain – El Forum w/ Austra
September 30 — Madrid, Spain – Teatro Circo Price w/ Austra


Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

March 30th, 2015 , by

Carrie & Lowell, the new record from Sufjan Stevens, is officially out now.

Here at AKR, we’ve had the privilege of listening to this record for many months. We’re quietly elated that we finally get to share it with you. We see ourselves as a good friend sitting across the table from you and saying, “You might want to hear this,” and then dropping the needle on this music as you sit and listen. Is it good? Is it bad? We don’t know. Sufjan’s new songs on Carrie & Lowell are absent of irony or artifice and that makes it difficult to critique. But his songs have given us the companionship and commiseration we didn’t know we needed.

Carrie & Lowell has made itself a special place in our hearts. We hope it finds a similar home in yours.

Sufjan is on tour in North America in just a couple of weeks, and will also be making stops at VIVID in Sydney in May, at Eaux Claries Festival in July, and End of Road Festival in the UK in September.

You can buy the record on CD/LP or digital here.

No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

February 13th, 2015 , by

“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross” is the first single from Carrie & Lowell, the new album from Sufjan Stevens available at the end of March. Lyrics posted below.

You can get the song on iTunes when you preorder the album, on Bandcamp, or when you preorder the record through Asthmatic Kitty Records.

PS: In concert with record stores around the world, we’ve set up headphone listening parties so you can hear Carrie & Lowell early. See those dates and locations here.



Helado Negro Touring, to Open For Sufjan in June; New Video

February 12th, 2015 , by

It’s an AKR Double Whammy. Sufjan Stevens is touring North America on the heels of his new record, Carrie & Lowell. In June, Helado Negro will join Sufjan for a run down the west coast.

Helado Negro is also playing in NYC at the Ecstatic Music Festival on February 18th, and at the Liquid Music Series with an 18 piece ensemble in St. Paul on March 21st.

Also just released is an incredible music video to Helado Negro’s “Ojos Que No Ven.” This project was hand crafted by a talented group of 9 to13 years olds during a very intense 2 week summer camp with the NYCICFF (New York City Independent Children’s Film Festival) and the @TheGoodSchool. Art Teachers helping out were William “Zoe” FitzGerald & Maya Erdelyi.


Sufjan to Play Eaux Claires Festival

February 11th, 2015 , by

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) are curating a music festival in Vernon’s hometown of Eau Claire, WI. Sufjan is slated to play. Tickets are available here.

Says Justin Vernon, “That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing in the arms of our own Chippewa River Valley.”



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