Music at Mars Hill: A Closer Look at Mylo Xyloto

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. I previously wrote a bit of a rant here on Music at Mars Hill on why Coldplay was moving closer and closer to populist ambiguity when they released their EP leading up to Mylo Xyloto. And now that we've got the full album, there's been a lot of talk about the thing (as is to be expected in a Coldplay release). A recent article over at … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Brandon Flowers on Mormonism

As many have seen, the Church of Latter-Day Saints has recently gone on something of a viral YouTube spree, creating promotional videos that spotlight different members of the Mormon church who tell a little about their lives and then profess their Mormon faith at the end of it ("And I'm a Mormon" campaign). They're rather simple videos and seem to be made in desire not to necessarily convert people to Mormonism, but instead to simply normalize how mainstream culture views them. They've had a … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Diving Into M83's Dream World

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. The process of growing up is one we all experience in different ways at different times in our lives. I've observed in my own life, especially as I grow older and more mature, there often has been a conflict between who I was and what I believed as an adolescent and what I am to be and believe now. For me, this conflict has often shown up and made … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Switchfoot's Vice Verses

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. Few bands that started in the financially successful thrust of the 90s Christian rock movement have come out the other side both financially stable and musically inventive. Interestingly enough, oftentimes what's created on the other side has been some of the most engaging Christian music in the industry, in that it doesn't necessarily fit into … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Why Music?

My friend asked me the other day why I wanted to write about spend my life talking about music and our relation to it rather than more weighty topics like theology or politics (as she knew I had strong opinion on those matters as well). At the time, I had a boring response: that music had always been an important part of my life and that I genuinely knew more about music than anything else. And while that is certainly true, the more I thought about the question later on, the more I realized that … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Emotional Contradictions Behind Strange Mercy

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. In a recent interview Ryan Reed from Paste Magazine did with Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Annie had this to say about the meaning behind her new album's title: The first song that I wrote for the record was the song ‘Strange Mercy,’ and once I had that line, in the context of that song, a ‘strange mercy’ is really wanting to protect … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Canon Blue's Rumspringa

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. Rumspringa, which literally means "jumping around" or "running around", is a term used commonly in Amish and some Anabaptist communities to refer to the coming-of-age adolescence time in a young person's life. Canon Blue, the the orchestral pop solo project of Daniel James, recently released his sophomore album with that same title and seeks to be … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Video Games, and Lana Del Rey's Vintage Music Stylings

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO1OV5B_JDw&feature=channel_video_title From Pitchfork to MTV, the blogosphere has been erupting with praise for an artist named Lana Del Rey and her latest single, "Video Games". Lana Del Rey is the moniker, or alter ego, for the young, singer-songwriter Lizzy Grant and "Video Games" is the first and only … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Mat Kearney and the Struggle for Identity

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. Mat Kearney was born and raised in Eugene Oregon, which happens to be where I went to for college. In fact, when I began to become familiar with various Christian communities in Eugene, I would hear more and more about Mat Kearney and how his mother was a pastor at a church nearby and he even played solo shows in the basement of the college house … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Derek Webb's Vision of Worshipful Art

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. Last week at Music at Mars Hill we took a look at the newest release by one of CCM's standards, Hillsong. This week I thought it would be interesting to follow the conversation up by spotlighting an artist on the opposite side of the Christian worship spectrum: former-Caedmon's Call member Derek Webb. Known for being CCM's rebel, Webb has been … [Read more...]


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