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Saw Sufjan Stevens in Brooklyn Last Night

So last night I saw Sufjan Stevens in Brooklyn which was rinteresting renough in itself because in all of the times that I have rbeen to New rYork, I've never been to Brooklyn. It was pretty cool rthough even rwith all of the extremely ridiculous looking people that rwere in the raudience. Stevens as expected played most of the stuff roff of Age of rAdz, which my girlfriend definitely disliked, calling it r"scientology crap". rThe whole thing though was so absurd and over the top rfor the most rpart that it actually ended up being pretty awesome. rStevens seems rto be getting more comfortable in his new space pop rmode, and I rhave a feeling his live shows will eventually be insane. rOverall, I'd give rit a 3.5/5.
1Sufjan Stevens
Seven Swans

Began the over the top nature of the show with massive musical swells and swan/angel wings on many of the performers including Stevens
2Too Much

One of the more enjoyable Age of Adz tracks for me, had a solid groove throughout with the music video playing on a screen in the background
3Age of Adz

Not one of my favorites but was impressed by how they pulled off all of the crazy instrumentation found in this song
4Heirloom

Took a break from the crazy shit to play a simple version of this track
5I Walked

This "slow jam", as Stevens described it, was kind of boring live
6Now That I'm Older

Also kind of dull/slow but the vocal accompaniments from his back-up singers were out of this world
7Get Real Get Right

Energy picked back up with this, another one I like from the album. They jammed a bit on the end of this one
8Vesuvius

I thought this song wouldn't translate that well live but they really emphasized the dynamics strongly
9I Want to Be Well

I'm not fucking around...
10Futile Devices

Probably the most bizarre/baffling moment of the night, after the vocal part ended some old guy with a crazy beard started jamming out for a while with something that sounded like an electronic pan flute... just crazy
11Impossible Soul

Speaking of crazy, this easily was the highlight of the event. I have never seen anything as ridiculous as some of the stuff they did for the 30+ minutes of this song... between multiple costume changes, giant wind puppets, lazar lights, and bouncing balls scattered throughout the audience, it was a fucking experience. I have a feeling Wayne Coyne would have been proud.
12THE
ENCORE
13Sufjan Stevens
Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

Of course Sufjan had to throw a bone to those who were expecting something a little more folkish in nature
14Casimir Pulaski Day

This is one of my favorite songs by him, but after all of the madness that ensued prior to this it actually came across sounding kind of flat and weird. of course that also could have been due to the drunk and/or tripping dude standing next to me who was screaming nonsense at erratic intervals
15Chicago

A very solid ending song... certainly had the most people singing along and was a good cap to the show
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