PHOTOS: Sufjan Stevens XMess Sing-A-Long @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 11/24/12

Combining stunning songcraft with discount-store Halloween costumes and two-foot-tall inflatable elves, Sufjan Stevens’s “Xmas Sing-a-Long” at the 9:30 Club Saturday night split the difference between an all-ages indie-rock show and a grade-school holiday pageant. “Christmess,” to use the apt descriptor printed on the lyric sheets distributed as patrons filed into the club. Priced at $20, tickets had sold out in a flash, with buyers’ names printed on the tickets and I.D. checks at the door to discourage scalping. – Washington Post

All photos by Joy Asico / ChunkyGlasses