Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens will never be faulted for lacking oddball ambition. After a series of ornate orchestral folk-rock albums made him indie-famous in the mid-2000s he abruptly pulled an artistic U-turn, releasing the scattershot but often brilliant Age of Adz in 2010 — a glow-stick friendly collection of frantic indie-pop, and basically the antithesis of his prior work. Stevens's subsequent tour in support of it found him bewildering longtime fans with oddly detached breakdancing and laser light-show antics. Improbably enough, tonight's performance could be even stranger. Billed as "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice," the tour has, on prior stops, found Stevens and his merry band spinning a giant pie-wheel featuring holiday classics and leading the crowd through renditions of seasonal standbys like "Jingle Bells" (they're not kidding about the singing along either — lyric sheets are being issued to the audience). In between all the jovial cool-kid caroling, Stevens has also been making room to perform some of his original holiday-themed material such as "Mr. Frosty Man." With Sheila Saputo. 18+. (Photo by Denny Renshaw)
Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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