Posted in music | pictures on August 3, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens and his elaborate band walked out onto a dark stage at Prospect Park last night (8/2), masked by a black transparent screen. They slowly began the delicate "Seven Swans" as dim light patterns swelled on the screen. Where soft piano and drums usually enter the song, Sufjan's entire band erupted into a heap of crashing chords as the black screen rose and revealed the neon-coated collective of musicians, backup singers, dancers, and Sufjan Stevens flapping a pair of massive bird wings. Sufjan and his band then proceeded to play a set of mostly Age of Adz material. Last night's and tonight's Celebrate Brooklyn shows are the last of the Adz tour.

They launched into the glitchy pop of "Too Much" and "Age of Adz" complete with a frenzy of futuristic visuals and carefully choreographed moves from Sufjan and his dancers/backup singers. After about 15 minutes of the orchestral glitchy awesomeness, Sufjan gave the crowd some "folk relief." He told us that he's still a folk musician at heart and played "Heirloom" off the All Delighted People EP, which was released shortly before Age of Adz last year. He took a moment to tell us about the inspiration for the album and all of the corresponding visuals, outfits, and dancing. He told us that he discovered the work of folk artist/self-proclaimed prophet Royal Robertson, and was influenced by his material. He described Royal's work as the portrayal of visions he had throughout his life, and mentioned that he also faced many struggles within himself, as all of us do. Sufjan said that much of the album was a tribute to Royal, his artwork, and his ideas, and explores themes like inner space, outer space, and the body.

As Sufjan and his band were nearing the end of the set, they delivered the one-two punch of "Vesuvius" and "I Want To Be Well," and after quieting down with album opener "Futile Devices," they sent the show into the most epic part of the night with the 25-minute album closer "Impossible Soul." The song opened with Sufjan accompanied by his piano and voice and slowly built into a layered piece that evolved into the portion sung by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

Although Shara was there (because she opened the show), I'm pretty sure it was one of Sufjan's backup singers who handled her part, though it was hard to tell because they were wearing a mask covered in light bulbs. As she sang, the black screen dropped once again, swirling light patterns drenched the stage and a light tunnel zeroed in on the singer and her light-up mask. After that mesmerizing section drifted off into ambiance and the stage went black once again, Sufjan appeared front and center in a large silver mask with a diamond shaped backdrop behind him and delivered the exaggerated auto-tuned vocals of the song's third section. As glitch hop beats entered the song and the robotic Sufjan left the stage, lights sprung up again and Sufjan's backup dancers, now in neon green t-shirts, neon pink shorts, leggings, and sideways pink hats, appeared at the front of the stage singing lead vocals to the song's epic refrain. After hitting the first round of "it's not so impossible"s, an indecipherable Sufan returned, running onto the stage covered in balloons and feathers and joined in on lead vocals. As the stage became a balloon-covered sing-along dance party, clear beach balls were propelled into the audience as long inflatable creatures shot up in front of the stage, turning the entire prospect park into into a huge party. Once the party died down and the song arrangements fizzled out, Sufjan returned to the front of the stage with only an acoustic guitar and sang the wispy ending of the song, where he plays off the refrain's lyrics to create what could be a stand-alone song in Sufjan's style of folk.

After making such a mess, Sufjan thanked the crowd and he and his band left the stage. He shortly returned for a three-song encore of Illinoise material. It's really hard to follow the end of that set with anything, but it's also pretty hard to turn down Sufjan Stevens playing "UFO," "Casmir Pulaski Day," and "Chicago."

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My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) opened the show with a strong set of mostly songs off her upcoming album All Things Will Unwind, quirky dancing, and also an awesome outfit. She wore a bright green dress and a headdress of something resembling peacock feathers. She switched between guitar, ukulele, keyboard, autoharp, and other instruments as she and her band delivered one great song after another, including the recently released single "Reaching Through to the Other Side." Shara told a story during her set of seeing a Laurie Anderson show about the death of her mother, being extremely touched by it, and wondering if she'd ever learn to love. She told us that she eventually talked to Laurie and asked her if she'd ever learn to love. Laurie told her that it takes a lifetime to learn to love, which Shara then wrote a song about. She played it for us. It aptly opens with the line, "It takes a lifetime to learn how to love." Shara and her band also played a cover of "Tainted Love," which she recorded for the Guilt by Association Vol. 2 compilation, before her band left the stage and she ended the set with another new song solo with guitar and vocals.

Sufjan celebrates Brooklyn again tonight (8/3) with Diamond Rings (instead of My Brightest Diamond). Tickets are still available. Don't forget to bring your neon.

More pictures, videos, and setlist from the first show below...

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Sufjan Stevens - (part of) "Impossible Soul" at Prospect Park 8/2/11

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Sufjan Stevens - "I Want to Be Well" at Prospect Park 8/2/11

Sufjan Stevens - "Seven Swans" at Prospect Park 8/2/11

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Setlist:
1. Sevens Swans
2. Too Much
3. Age Of Adz
4. Heirloom
5. I Walked
6. Now That I'm Older
7. Get Real Get Right
8. Vesuvius
9. I Want To Be Well
10. Futile Devices
11. Impossible Soul

Encore:
12. Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland
13. Casimir Pulaski Day
14. Chicago
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Comments (146)

..gay as the day is long..

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:30 PM

where there AZT vendors?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:33 PM

what's the toughest thing about roller blading?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:35 PM

Fuck this "man"

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:36 PM

dot dot dot

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:37 PM

Such an amazing show, bravo Sufjan!

Posted by CJ | August 3, 2011 12:39 PM

re: 12:30 - in other words, amazing

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:39 PM

Frohawk is too masculine for this

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:39 PM

gayer than a hardcore matinee

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:41 PM

does he ever play "john wayne gacy"? his best song...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:41 PM

Poor Sufjan...resorting to such antics. This looks like some Flaming Lips/Animal Collective boondoggle. I saw him do a very lovely set at Bowery before all of this Age of Adz nonsense. Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:41 PM

It was just like being in space: cold, lifeless. He just doesn't have the charisma to pull this off.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:42 PM

"where there AZT vendors?"

They're too busy preparing for the next GBV "reunion" show in a few weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:43 PM

This was a special environment

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:49 PM

"They're too busy preparing for the next GBV "reunion" show in a few weeks."

You're getting AZT confused with Geritol

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:52 PM

12:41 hit the nail on the head! I am a huge Sufjan fan and have seen him numerous times over the years. Though I haven't really been able to enjoy Age of Adz I was bummed to have missed the Beacon shows late last year. Well I have to say this show was a SHARK JUMP MOMENT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!!!

The guy wrote some of the most moving, beautiful songs of the last decade. I believe that while dreaming up and executing such a bombastic, over the top spectacle such as last nights show the guy completely neglected or forgot HOW TO WRITE A SONG!!! The friggin Auto Tune vocals were nothing but cliche, cheesy and absolutely out of place and as a poster above noted don't the Flaming Lips and Animal Collective (and even Polyphonic Spree) do this sort of show much better while still incorporating their most classic musical compositions??? Sorry Sufjan but I couldn't stick around through all that nonsense to hear 1 of my favorite songs after 2 hours of bombastic turd.

How and why people revere him now (unless it's all based on his past work) is beyond me but as it has been said, "you can fool some of the people all of the time".

If you chose Death Cab at the Waterfront over this show you definitely won the night!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:52 PM

This was amazing! So fun! Hey kids, if you don't have anything nice to say...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:53 PM

Set times anyone?

Posted by Eduardo | August 3, 2011 12:55 PM

change up the setlist a little, dog. adz isn't very good...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:56 PM

""They're too busy preparing for the next GBV "reunion" show in a few weeks."

You're getting AZT confused with Geritol"

Woops, sorry. I was getting the GBV confused with the Killing Time comments section! Carry on.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:57 PM

someone would actually rip off tune yards? That's truly low.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:58 PM

i listen to much harder, more guitar driven music, but this show was a party. it's obvious that the first group of posters did not attend. WELL worth the $35 for a true party in the park. and before the one main hater flames off - no, i'm not gay or in high school or mentally challenged, so you'll have to find friends elsewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 12:59 PM

Wasn't Cat Martino singing Shara's part during Impossible Soul? Cat makes me swoon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:00 PM

$35? haha the rainbow nation are stoopid....

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:01 PM

What a concert. I actually had to buy another ticket for tonight. Complete mayhem in the best way. Crazy and Beautiful!!!

And BV, that was Cat Martino wearing those wild light up goggles, singing the part Shara does on the record in "Impossible Soul".

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:03 PM

gays and beards

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:05 PM

to answer 12:35's Q:

what's the toughest thing about roller blading?

probably braking

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:08 PM

what time did he take the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:08 PM

^ gay o'clock

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:09 PM

great show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:10 PM

I got a free ticket to the gayest show on earth. It made Of Montreal look like Black Sabbath.

Posted by alien | August 3, 2011 1:11 PM

sufjan went on at about 8:30...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:12 PM

wait....is this a production of Zoo Animals on Wheels!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:13 PM

I find it hard to believe that anyone who attended this show has anything bad to say about it. The music was hauntingly beautiful. The atmosphere was playful and full of joy. It was a party of electric proportions! I'd pay 4 times the ticket cost to go again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:14 PM

"Complete mayhem in the best way."

What does this even mean? Everyone needs to practice articulating their thoughts instead of just saying "it sucks," "it rocks," "killed it," or "Crazy and Beautiful!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:14 PM

This is for people who think Broadway musicals aren't quite gay enough

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:18 PM

St. Vincent went on right at 7pm and Sufjan at 8:20. Played until 10, then encore until 10:20ish.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:24 PM

so much fun. way better than beacon. would go again today if i could.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:25 PM

"sufjan went on at about 8:30..."

this can't possibly be right, i walked up at 8:15 and he was already on. i would suggest getting there at 8 just to be safe

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:27 PM

1:14 #1 are you the women in the foreground here?

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/mybrightestdiamond/prospectpark/5.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:28 PM

thanks for the time info everyone - esp. you 1:09, that was the most helpful remark

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:31 PM

I thought it was a bewilderingly fun performance. I don't love Adz (much prefer his folksy ways), but the big, elastic nature of the songs really worked in this atmosphere. Most of all, last night really proved to me how much he digs exploring all aspects of his craft. Bravo, Sufjan.

Posted by Jen | August 3, 2011 1:33 PM

"bewilderingly fun " ...."hauntingly beautiful"...you Sufjan fans sure use some fruity language. Is there like some crossover between Sufjan fans and renaissance fair people?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:35 PM

1:24 is so obsessed with St. Vincent that he hallucinated that she opened last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:36 PM

Three cheers for the attenders posting here! We got to see an musical event. So happy for those going tonight. It's good to mix things up to stay creative.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:39 PM

Isn't it going to rain tonight? Good luck, 8/3 Sufjan fans.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:42 PM

as always lots of stupid comments from idiots who have to say something negative because like all their high school buds, they snicker and think it's cool...
great show, big hearted man... and brightest diamond was terrific...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:47 PM

"great show, big hearted man"

good god. Purple prose and cloying twee sentiments. What's wrong with you people?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:50 PM

I agree 1:47, but that Brightest Diamond lady kind of scares me. She's like a big Conan O'Brien with more than a touch of bull-dyke, which equals scary for me as (what I consider to be) a feminine petite lady.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:51 PM

How does it feel to be totally ignored, Neidermeyer?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:52 PM

Adults are into this? This looks like something I would take my six year old to.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:54 PM

1:33 + 1:50 - "fruity language" "purple prose" and "cloying twee sentiments" are pretty third-rate phrases, too. maybe Sufjan can give everyone here some writing advice!

1:54 - why would you take your six year old to something you disparage as an adult? what an insult to your child.

Posted by Charles | August 3, 2011 1:59 PM

1:13 Get A Life reference!!!! ftw


I wish this was Zoo Animals on Wheels. At least it would be funny. The fans of this ought to be ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 1:59 PM

I'm with 1:54 this looks like it should be for children.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:02 PM

This show was best when I closed my eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:04 PM

1:59 are you serious? I don't like The Backyardigans either, but it doesn't mean my kid isn't into it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:04 PM

i totally agree only children should be subjected to creativity. adults obviously should remain in their cubicles and punch numbers into Excel charts all day. revel in your mediocrity, suckers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:08 PM

seems like sufjan has been liftin' as well

look at those guns no homo

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:12 PM

^umm creativity comes in all different forms. Adults are capable of understanding and enjoying more complex narratives, aesthetics, themes etc. This looks like it was designed for a Kindergarten class not mature adults.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:12 PM

This does look like something that would close out the night at Disney World or something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:15 PM

2:12 please re-read what you just wrote: "capable of understanding and enjoying more complex narratives, aesthetics, themes..."

sorry, it doesn't quite seem like you live up to your own definition of "adult."

just sayin'...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:19 PM

This just doesn't come across as a serious musical performance to me. I don't know, maybe it's not supposed to be? It comes across ace the ice capades or something. Something designed for children. If I was dating a girl and she brought me to this it would be a turn off in the same way as if I went to her apartment for the first time and she had a bunch of stuffed animals on her bed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:22 PM

Will the pussification of Brooklyn please stop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:24 PM

"seems like sufjan has been liftin' as well

look at those guns no homo"

He's showing 'em but I don't think he can take John Petrucci yet!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:25 PM

If you didn't go and you don't get it, go tonight and then you can bitch all you want tomorrow.

If you didn't go and won't go and you don't get it, STFU and go post about Wavves or ted Leo or something.

If you don't want to get it, dinner is at 5:00 in the Blue Room. No forks or knives, sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:25 PM

To each his own, people! What's with this site? Geez.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:25 PM

^I know. These people can't possibly live in NYC can they?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:25 PM

1:54 got it right. If it was a bunch of kids under 10 in the audience it would be cute. That this is for adults in unsettling.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:28 PM

2:25 Finally. Someone with some sense. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:29 PM

1:34 you are teh gay

1:77 sufjan used to be 'cool' but now he is 'not cool'

14:00 your prose would be a D- at an overpriced liberal arts school (in other words, all of them), what is our generation coming to!?

2:13 lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:32 PM

"big hearted man"


lulz

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:35 PM

2:32 thinks it's cool to post aimless responses to times of comments that don't exist in this section. Get some hallucinogens man. You're better off.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:41 PM

When I have sex with your mom I too have stuffed animals in my bed.

Why do i say these things ... (best answer please)

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:42 PM

"I find it hard to believe that anyone who attended this show has anything bad to say about it. The music was hauntingly beautiful. The atmosphere was playful and full of joy. It was a party of electric proportions! I'd pay 4 times the ticket cost to go again."

Will you pay me 4 times the ticket price to put on a neon jumpsuit and give you a gay striptease while Sufjan plays on my stereo system?

No really, I could do that for you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:45 PM

did the hand out lollipops at the gate?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:46 PM

Love the show! Thanks, Celebrate Brooklyn!

Posted by Lauren | August 3, 2011 2:50 PM

Show was great but bummed St. Vincent did not play ANYTHING from her first two albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:53 PM

I demand more neon in Prospect Park! What a sight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:55 PM

Tron on Broadway

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:57 PM

As a gay man I have to say that I am offended that people think all gay men are into childish nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 2:58 PM

I enjoyed the St. Vincent set, but why isn't she on the bill tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:01 PM

The show last night made one thing perfectly clear, Sufjan has about 2,000 - 3,000 hardcore fans (mostly white Christian girls with chunky legs) that will cheer for anything (including the lowering of a scrim). The other 3,000 people at the show either left early or fucked around on their iphones.

Impossible Soul was sloppy and the music suffered because of the "look how crazy I can be" costumes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:02 PM

"The show last night made one thing perfectly clear, Sufjan has about 2,000 - 3,000 hardcore fans (mostly white Christian girls with chunky legs) that will cheer for anything (including the lowering of a scrim). "


this I believe

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:06 PM

Must have been a hell of a birthday for Cat Martino last night. Marry me, Cat?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:09 PM

3:02 you can tell girls are Christian just by looking at them? that's a talent you can probably market! also, why were YOU there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:10 PM

Glad to see that Amanda continues to shamelessly take photos of cute girls. Keep up the good work, Amanda!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:14 PM

Is this Christian music? if it is, it would explain a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:18 PM

Cat Martino FTW.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:21 PM

Oh, it is Christian rock. No wonder. Now I'm not surprised that he has these dipshit zealot fans. They're into faith based music. haha.

Why didn't someone just say it was a cult in the first 10 comments, so the rest of us would have this proper perspective to understand this nonsense?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:25 PM

fucking Churchies....no wonder

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:29 PM

yeah, basically it's a cult

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:34 PM

Illinois was a great album to most music fans. Can you imagine how much greater it was to an angst ridden teenage girl trying to pull herself together after her boyfriend dumped her? That girl is now 25, living in Brooklyn with at least 2 roommates and she hates her low paying job.

She is also bummed because this is the first summer that she had to reach for that one piece swimsuit instead of her faded J Crew bikini that she bought last spring. That ass has gotten a little too big for her to still be comfortable, plus all that mac and cheese has given her a cute little paunch.

Soon she'll pull herself together. Maybe get a Y membership, join a new book club and rediscover James Taylor. "Good night you moonlight ladies."

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:45 PM

fuck jesus

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 3:47 PM

now guys i like sufjan, but for christsakes - hes wearing a TIN-FOIL HELMET.

when does this stop being performance art and start being a public nervous breakdown?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:04 PM

I was there and it was fucking gay. Lots of people around me were really bored and unamused as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:07 PM

you guys take stuff too seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:07 PM

Last evening was pure performance art. Sufjan could probably write and perform scores of albums in the Michigan/Illinois vein. Instead, he wrote Age of Adz and took himself out of his comfort zone, resulting in a completely unique experience for his audience. I want to dance in a balloon suit too. Hope is beautiful and so was last night's performance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:08 PM

Christianlawyerfat rock. Can't beat it!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:10 PM

"look at those guns no homo"

Um, have you ever been to Chelsea?

Only two types of guys lift weights: gays and short dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:15 PM

alrighty ... all the children, you go over to that corner; all the mentally challenged, over to that corner over there; and all the sociopaths, you all take this corner over here. OK. Now, talk amongst yourselves, but not here. Stay in your corner and amuse yourselves. This here thing is for everyone who is left.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:15 PM

Fuck jesus. Hail Satan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:19 PM

i'll say it again, great show!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:43 PM

i'll say it again, fuck Jesus!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:44 PM

i come not to bring peace, but a windsock

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 4:54 PM

i guess anyone who doesn't look like you wet pale noodles staring through thick glasses at a computer monitor or squinting into your iphone is offensive... sad, isn't it... Sufjan likes to ride his bike in prospect park, obviously he takes care of himself... does a little muscle scare you? i guess the word love scares you too... again, sad...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 5:22 PM

what is with all the homophobia here, seriously? when did indie music become invaded by these wannabe-frat boy losers?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 5:58 PM

neon icarus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 6:41 PM

it amazes me of the condescending attitudes on this board - people lighten up - there's enough crap going on in the world

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 7:00 PM

@3:45 dont be bitchy if youre not smart enough to pull of a really biting observation...no, no you didnt manage such an observation with your post. trite bs. but i will say - that whole sufjan crowd was annoying as fuck. shudder.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 7:05 PM

Yawn

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 7:30 PM

What does sexual orientation have to do with an exciting adventurous show? What is homophobia doing on a Brooklyn Vegan forum? If you didn't enjoy the show there are intelligent ways to say so. I thought it was great.

Posted by Kevin Jones | August 3, 2011 9:19 PM

It can't be gay AND christian, can it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:59 PM

"It's nothing like living on the moon, you moron!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:01 PM

Fuck Jesus!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:30 PM

9:59 ask your priests :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:33 PM

Too many of you pass out hate to be eaten. You are worthless vampires looking to catch fish on your hook. Though the fish are too strong for your weak hands to reel in, you just catch a slight sensation of your manipulation and you lay there as proverbial trolls below looking up at life wishing you can cry away your own damnation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:20 AM

1:20 just gave us a prose equivalent of what this show was....flash with no substance..

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:44 AM

Just saw the concert tonight and loved it! One of the best shows I've been to in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:23 AM

I thought it was a bewilderingly pacifier Tron fun performance. I don't love pedophile hasid light shows(much prefer his folksy ways), but the big, elastic glow in the dark parachute pants nature of the musical songs really worked in this ridiculous atmosphere. Most of all, last night really proved to me how much he digs exploring all aspects of his rave craft that was thrown together in a few hours of a tin foil vending machine glow in the dark sticker evening party. Bravo, Sufjan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:57 AM

I'm hoping you haters are all just trolls cos otherwise you must live a pretty miserable existence. Music is allowed to be fun y'know.

And don't get me started on the homophobia. If you lot are genuine then I'm pretty ashamed to be part of your generation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 5:29 AM

if you read through the comments, you begin to see word patterns that indicate that there is really one main troll. As for his troll focus, much has been written through the ages on how a focus on a particular issue reveals the inner focus of the person. Freud touched on it, and Shakespeare gave flesh to the concept when stating "the lady doth protest too much, methinks." In this case, we're talking of course about the troll's unceasing focus on whether Sufjan is gay. Of course he's not gay, but the focus of the troll rather reveals his own latent homosexuality. Clearly, this is one confused young man, probably from a whole line of cowards. Sufjan is a talented and transparent guy, and as a purported Christian he is at odds with the world and those easily manipulated by it. The attacks by the ignorant on those of true faith (of all faiths) has occurred since the beginning of time, and is evident of fear, weakness and confusion, and in this case repressed homosexuality as well. So, don't get mad at the troll - it's better to treat the ignorant with compassion and patience since they are often in enough pain struggling with their own issues.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 6:07 AM

sufjan is so gay.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 6:57 AM

Jesus is gay

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:25 AM

^^^ see what I mean? the troll is such a latent homosexual, he can't help himself. this fellow has trouble facing many truths about himself, not the least of which is his sexuality. so predictable, and so sad for the weight of all the self-loathing that this fellow piles upon himself every time he posts such drivel.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:29 AM

for him with ears to hear, again ....

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:31 AM

the gifted, the different, and the truly spiritual are always scorned and attacked by the crowd. it's been that way since Cain killed Able.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:37 AM

this blog is for the mentally retarded.

Posted by regular reader | August 4, 2011 8:38 AM

when does this stop being performance art and start being a public nervous breakdown?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:40 AM

I'm with 1:54 this looks like it should be for children.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:41 AM

Hating music is cool.

Posted by BV reader | August 4, 2011 9:04 AM

When sufjan hits the radars of people who like to listen to safe music they can't handle it when he does what he does - which is NOT mainstream crap. he's an explorer, an inventor and a sensory mystic. Also on another note i'm very disappointed by the homophobic comments appearing here. disgusting and heartbreaking.

Posted by sad people here. | August 4, 2011 9:22 AM

Great show last night. The band was terrific, the visuals were outstanding, and the sound clarity was very good, especially for a wet outdoor show. The rain actually enhanced the show somehow--made it even trippier.

A lot of the negative comments posted here remind me of the reaction Dylan got when he went electric. Betrayal! Sacrilege! You may not like him or this phase of his career and that's fine, but he leads a talented collective whose creative vision and ability is as good as it gets these days. I'm glad I saw and listened.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:42 AM

I like cats

Posted by Keith | August 4, 2011 11:19 AM

It seems that many people confuse "Childish" with "Child-like," or however you want to label the distinction. Anonymously posting "Sufjan is so gay" is childish. Allowing pure creativity to flow without worrying about what the close-minded/uptight will think, is child-like. The criticism that these shows looked like they were "for children" I'm guessing comes from teenagers and twentysomethings, which I get. Many people need to reject child-like displays until they establish their own sense of adulthood, just like many straight people need to reject any glimmer of homosexuality until they feel confident in their own sexuality. Not a judgement, just an observation.

Posted by Joshua Berger | August 4, 2011 11:35 AM

omg omg omg

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 11:47 AM

It's alright ma.. that's life and life only.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:42 PM

all is phony

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:51 PM

also, I'm pretty sure Dylan would hate this shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:52 PM

^^^ coming from you, Anonymous, that bears a lot of weight. Were you THE "Anonymous" to his "Masked"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:02 PM

lol 1:52 = closeted and anonymous lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:03 PM

amazing comments

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:12 PM

"bombastic"
"over the top"

Oh wah wah wah, you narrow-minded fucking hipsters. Sorry you aren't smart enough to "get it". Not everything in music has to be some lo-fi mumbling or some trustafarian minstrels yelping on top of vaguely afropop rhythms.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 3:30 PM

3:30 - Hahahah... nice.

And for you up there at 1:51, I'm pretty sure you haven't the SLIGHTEST clue what Dylan would hate.

Posted by Anon | August 4, 2011 4:20 PM

12:52 lol typical. keep crying to deathcab. qq.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 6:46 PM

A lot of the comments here show what happens to people when they refuse to go out and see music and instead just read blogs about it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 5:24 AM

I love the outfits. Just imagination.

Posted by Gordon | September 19, 2011 10:40 AM

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