Five years after the release of the experimental electronic LP The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens has announced that he is releasing a new album. Carrie & Lowell—named for his mother and stepfather—drops on March 31. A press release for the album explains that the new record is an exploration of "life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love." If this brief album trailer is any indication, it sounds like Carrie & Lowell may be a return to the dreamy, folk sounds of his earlier work ... Discuss

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Sufjan Stevens, but the always-evolving artist has just released a new song as part of an upcoming tribute album. “A Little Lost” is a cover of an Arthur Russell song, and will appear alongside other tunes from bands including Hot Chip, Phosphorescent and Blood Orange on the compilation, “Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell,” due out in October. You can stream it for free here, or purchase it on iTunes ... Discuss

Vulture has posted a preview video of the upcoming ballet from choreographer Justin Peck and indie musician/font connoisseur/composer Sufjan Stevens, “Everywhere We Go.” The production is actually the second collaboration between the pair, having worked together on the “Year of the Rabbit” ballet in 2012. Fans can head over to to get tickets for the event, which premiers on May 8 ... Discuss

On his Tumblr—the source of open letters to Miley Cyrus, musings about font choices and other lost recordings—Sufjan Stevens has posted a “sloppy lo-fi demo I found on an old hard drive.” For a forgotten song that has never been released, the ghostly, electronic "Take Me" is pretty great … Discuss

Sinead O’Connor recently penned a scathing open letter to singer Miley Cyrus, warning her of the dangers of sexualizing her image, being exploited by the music industry and telling her that she is a role model that is sending the message to young listeners that it is “somehow cool to be prostituted.” Now, Sufjan Stevens has posted his own open letter to the controversial pop-singer about another egregious mistake (though he does admit “surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor”): Her poor grammar in the song #GetItRight.

One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object … But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between … But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense?

Thankfully for Miley, there are other caring celebrities who are willing to issue such stern, but also thoughtful, words of correction … Discuss

Sufjan Stevens evidently spends a considerable amount of time thinking about the significance of fonts. In a rambling, passionate set of Tumblr posts, the singer/songwriter describes how much he dislikes the album cover of the Savages’ Silence Yourself.

Here are some of his thoughts on the awfulness of Helvetica Narrow:

The very cool SAVAGES has allowed a very uncool typographical blunder on its LP cover: Helvetica Narrow (weight loss is the worst thing that can happen to an iconic font, aka iOS 6). Also can we talk about the weird italics (unnecessary affectation, and very un-British), cramped leading (totally unforgivable) and unnecessary line break?

And of course, the use of all caps:

Case in point: the inherent democracy of ONE CASE (every letter equally measured) forgoes the political hierarchy of upper/lower class. Am I reading too much into this? The band has somehow achieved mystery and modesty in brash exclamations about “silence” (resonance of Buddhism?) rendered via typographical faux pas (all caps=yelling).

We'd actually be terrified to hear his thoughts on Comic SansDiscuss