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Sufjan Stevens spent nine months traveling the BQE to capture the frustrations of its motorists.

October 30, 2009 Stevens spent nine months traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to capture motorists' moods.

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July 6, 2005 A singer-songwriter offers a tribute to a town and the ivory-billed woodpecker discovered nearby.

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December 14, 2010 All Songs Considered listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music. See their Top 25.

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September 26, 2010 Hear the singer-songwriter's long-awaited new album in its entirety until its release on Oct. 12.

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September 21, 2010 All Songs Considered offers a sneak preview of some of this fall's most anticipated releases.

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August 27, 2010 The song signals a new direction for Stevens with simple synth lines and glitchy beats.

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December 18, 2009 Hear a mix of classic and new holiday songs by Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, Laura Gibson and more.

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November 16, 2009 The list of the decade's 50 most important recordings continues: Britney Spears to Amy Winehouse.

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November 9, 2009 All Songs Considered looks back at some of the decade's defining moments and trends in music

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August 13, 2008 There's no better place to mourn ostentatiously than alone in a car late at night, with this music.

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November 30, 2007 This wintry mix of songs, heard collectively, simulates a soothing bath in a tub of warm cocoa.

June 29, 2006 The editors of Paste magazine wondered: who are the best living songwriters around. They gathere...

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May 12, 2006 Surprising new music from Paul Simon; A preview of outtakes by Sufjan Stevens; Remembering the m...

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March 27, 2006 Guitarist's 1968 classic is a natural inspiration for Sufjan Stevens' uniquely ornate flourishes.

February 2, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR music reviewers Tom Moon, Will Hermes and Me...

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December 16, 2005 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen takes an in-depth look at the year's best music.

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December 16, 2005 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen counts down listener picks for the 10 best CDs of 2005, wit...

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August 3, 2005 Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. Newer artists like Bright Eyes and Flotation ...

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July 6, 2005 Download an exclusive by Sufjan Stevens; Nashville singer/songwriter Doug Hoekstra; Québécois si...

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June 1, 2005 New music from The White Stripes; Sultry singer Leslie Feist; Brazilian musician Celso Fonseca; ...

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December 28, 2004 2004 was a year when a handful of artists with their best days long behind them surprised us wit...

March 9, 2004 New musical meditations from Sigur Ros; The delicate melodies of Sufjan Stevens; Blues harp mast...

December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of th...

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December 22, 2010 Amazon sold hundreds of albums for $3.99, pushing the question of music's value into the spotlight.

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September 10, 2010 "Too Much," from Stevens' upcoming album The Age of ADZ, is now available as a free download.

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August 27, 2010 The song signals a new direction for Stevens with simple synth lines and glitchy beats.

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August 26, 2010 The new album from Stevens is his first release of its kind in five years.

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December 11, 2006 From Sufjan Stevens to Twisted Sister to The Chipmunks, here's a look at 2006's holiday crop.

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Left to right: Son Lux, Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens collaborate on a sometimes humorous but mostly beautiful EP.

May 23, 2012 Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti collaborate on a sometimes humorous but mostly beautiful EP.

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November 26, 2006 A collection of recordings offbeat enough to surprise your favorite music lover this holiday season.

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March 27, 2006 Guitarist's 1968 classic is a natural inspiration for Sufjan Stevens' uniquely ornate flourishes.

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Clockwise from upper left: Sisyphus (Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti), Diane Cluck, Avey Tare, The Family Crest

February 18, 2014 This week's All Songs mix includes the sounds of Sisyphus, Animal Collective's Avey Tare and more.

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Clockwise from upper left: Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Maria Schneider, Surfer Blood.

March 5, 2013 You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love with some amazing new music, on All Songs Considered.

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Colonel Sanders!

November 26, 2012 Holiday music: You love it or hate it. Either way, it's time, again, to come to terms with it.

Sufjan Stevens released Silver & Gold Nov. 13.

November 25, 2012 In nearly three hours of music, impeccable grace never strays far from playful ridiculousness.

Son Lux (left to right), Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens collaborated on an EP due out March 20 called Beak & Claw. It's being released on Anticon under the name s / s / s. (photos: Son Lux by Brenden Beecy, Serengeti  by Jayme Joyce, and Sufjan Stevens by Marzuki Stevens).

March 6, 2012 Hear a new song from the trio's upcoming EP Beak & Claw.

Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

The Songs That Scare

October 28, 2011 Forget "Monster Mash" — this Halloween, All Songs looks at music that is truly, deeply terrifying.

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A skeleton band performs at the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Oct. 31, 2009.

October 19, 2011 With Halloween upon us, we ask listeners: What's the scariest song you've ever heard?

Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

August 5, 2011 All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen saw the best show ever this weekend.

28th May 1974:  Teenage fans at a David Cassidy concert at White City, London.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

July 19, 2011 The All Songs gang and listeners spill on the tunes that bring them to tears.

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December 7, 2010 Take a listen to our biggest musical surprises of 2010, songs of the year, and more.

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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Sufjan Stevens and more artists from S to Z.

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October 29, 2010 All Songs Considered celebrates Halloween with a list of terrifying tunes.

A Sad guitarist

September 30, 2010 What's the saddest music in the world? The question unleashed a river of tears for our readers.

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