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Andrew Bird - 93% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Big Band & Swing Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A classically trained violinist, Bird studied music at Illinois’ Northwestern University, graduating in 1995. His early work was as a session musician for various acts in and around Chicago and he formed funk rock band Charlie Nobody, which was made up of Bird and fellow Northwestern University graduates. He was soon approached by C Read more

Joanna Newsom - 89% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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1982, Nevada City, California, USA. One of the more original performers to emerge from the independent music scene in the early years of the twenty-first century, Newsom launched a solo career while concurrently working with the bands Nervous Cop and the Pleased.Raised in Nevada City, California, Newsom’s training began at an early age with piano Read more

The Mountain Goats - 75% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The Mountain Goats is the primary outlet for singer-songwriter and guitarist John Darnielle’s oblique, storytelling writing, with narrative and themes developed on songs from various albums and EP and single releases. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, while Darnielle was still a toddler his family relocated to California, which eventually led to an interest in the 80s wes Read more

Bon Iver - 74% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Father John Misty - 74% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Neutral Milk Hotel - 73% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s
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The creation of singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum, Neutral Milk Hotel formed part of the loose knit Elephant 6 Recording Company collective of psych pop bands based in Athens, Georgia, USA. Mangum grew up in Ruston, Louisiana with fellow 60s enthusiasts Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss and Robert Schneider, playing in various bands including Maggot and Cranberry Life Cycle. In 1990, Man Read more

Fleet Foxes - 69% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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The seeds of Seattle, Washington’s Fleet Foxes were sown when high school friends Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar) and Skyler Skjelset (guitar) started playing together, initially making making music that leaned toward a 1960s baroque-pop style. By 2006, heavily under the influence of the late-’60s/early-’70s singer/songwriter scene, Pecknold and Skelset moved in Read more

Elliott Smith - 68% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Steven Paul Smith, 6 August 1969 Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 21 October 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. Raised in a musical family, acclaimed singer-songwriter Smith first recorded with Portland, Oregon-based alternative rockers Heatmiser. Despite achieving a modicum of success with this band’s generic Fugazi -inspired hard rock, Smith felt happier recording acoustic m Read more

Grizzly Bear - 68% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in 2004 in Brooklyn, New York City, by singer-songwriter Edward Droste, this US indie rock act originally started out as a one-man project. Droste created the basic tracks for the debut Grizzly Bear album in his bedroom studio, only bringing in multi-instrumentalist and electronics expert Christopher Bear towards the end of the recording sessions. Released later in 2004 Read more

Animal Collective - 66% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Having adopted (for reasons they have been unwilling to explain) the curious names of Avey Tare and Panda Bear, high school friends David Portner (USA; vocals/guitar) and Noah Lennox (b. USA; vocals/drums) evoke the strange and the magical via a music that has traceable precedents in the rituals of shamanism, the textures/structures of minimal techno, and the gentle folk roc Read more

The Antlers - 65% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Iron And Wine - 64% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Sam Beam, South Carolina, USA. This Miami, Florida, USA-based one-man band earned comparisons to 70s folk rock icon Nick Drake with the release of his 2002 debut, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Beam began issuing lo-fi tapes as Iron And Wine in the late 90s as a sideline to his day job as a cinematography teacher, crafting a slew of minimalist folk pop Read more

St. Vincent - 61% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Beirut - 59% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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After dropping out of full-time education in his late teens in Albuquerque, USA, Zach Condon (Zachary Francis Condon, 13 February 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; trumpet, ukulele, vocals) made several trips to Europe that inspired him to began work on Gulag Orkestar, a unique album that used Balkan rhythms and melodies to embellish a Magnetic Fields and Smiths -influenced Read more

Bright Eyes - 59% match to Sufjan Stevens

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Bright Eyes is one of many projects instigated by indie singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst (Conor Mullen Oberst, 15 February 1980, Omaha, Nebraska, USA). His recordings explore a similar lo-fi territory to the work of Will Oldham and Bill Callahan’s Smog, although Oberst’s tremulous vocals and almost adolescent verbosity sometimes betray his relative yout Read more


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