God and Country Music: Ivan & Alyosha

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Each week in God and Country Music, Nick Rynerson gives country music a chance and examines the world of Americana, folk, alt-country, and popular country music. Yesterday, Seattle folk-pop band Ivan & Alyosha released their debut album, All the Times We’ve Had. Now, I’ve got to confess, I am hooked on this band right now so everything I say is in the context of “gushing fan.” However, Ivan & Alyosha have something special to offer the American music scene. And with the … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: John Mayer and the Weight of Celebrity

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music. John Mayer has been presented as the savior of pop music for quite sometime now. He is the "serious" musician—the guy who can actually play an instrument and write a tune himself. And to be totally honest, at the height of boy band, Britney-mania, Mayer's 2001 debut album Room for Squares felt like a refreshing new way to do pop. Because, … [Read more...]