Signs and wonders

Heading west

Sufjan Stevens takes the aspects of Christianity that hurt me the most — an unhealthy focus on death and brokenness — and confronts them.
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‘Carrie and Lowell’ is a win for Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is nothing if not ambitious. Thirty-minute multisectional opuses, concept albums for each American state — all in a day’s work for the sad man with the banjo. What Stevens has not accomplished until now, with the release of the piercingly majestic Carrie and Lowell, is cleaning out the
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Lady Lamb finds her way home in sophomore album

It begins with an ode. Easy guitar strums accompany a lilting female voice as it pays homage to the artery that carries oxygen in red platelets from our hearts to our brains, to our faraway fingers and toes. It begins with an ode to the heart. It makes sense. Home
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The National waxes poetic at the Greek

The fact that so many people can connect with the sentimental and introspective mid-life-crisis-esque anthems of Brooklyn-based, indie-rock band The National may say more about audiences than about the band. Despite the morose, despairing lyrics sung poetically by lead singer Matt Berninger, the energy was surprisingly positive and enthusiastic at
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Playlist of the week: spring cleaning!

Spring has finally sprung here around Berkeley. It’s visible from the pleasant — or perhaps not so pleasant — April showers and the beautiful sunny days soaking up sun on the Glade. And as the old adage goes (well, paraphrased!), spring is the time to clean. For some, it’s literal cleaning. (Hint:
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