Music at Mars Hill: God Is Able; Are We?

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."Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy." (Psalms 33:3)It seems that Hillsong Australia has been living out its prolific worship music career under the careful instruction of this psalm. For twenty years now, Hillsong has written and released a live album of brand new songs every year, each featuring a host of different … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Light and Dark in Cults' Debut Album

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.Perhaps it is ironic to be discussing an album by a band called Cults on a Christian website. Or perhaps its not (after all, that's what we're all about here at Music at Mars Hill). Cults is a guy-girl duo out of Manhatten made up of lead singer Madeline Follin and multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion. Like a similar guy-girl duo, She & Him, … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Civil Wars in Concert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-6EwdDiopQ&w=640&h=390Music 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 recently got the opportunity to see The Civil Wars in concert up in Portland at the Alladdin Theater and for this week's Music at Mars Hill, I want to take a break from the new music and do a quick concert review. In one sentence, The Civil Wars are the overnight success story of s … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Coldplay On Top of the 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.In acknowledgement of the three-track EP released by Coldplay last week, this week for Music at Mars Hill we'll be looking at how Coldplay got to the top of the world and also attempt to guess where they will head next as indicated by their newest tracks.With the arrival of the monumentally successful 2008 album, Viva La Vida, Coldplay had … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Our Love Skinny?

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.Pitchfork recently released an interview with Bon Iver, the indie folk-pop group headed by mastermind Justin Vernon. His sophomore album, Bon Iver Bon Iver, came out on Tuesday to critical acclaim (go pick it up!). Rather than just plug his new album, however, for this week's column I want to take a look at a segment of the interview that takes an … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: What's "Written in the Stars"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjcMusic 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.For each week's Music at Mars Hill, we take a look at how the character or "image" of God can be found all around us, even in areas of culture we might deem "unlikely". This week, we will look at how the pop song "Written in the Stars" takes cues from Christian ideology to tells its story of … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Owning Your Past in "Simple Math"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaMiVDZu_T4&w=600&h=390Music 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.This week we will be taking a look at the magnificent new music video by Manchester Orchestra for their single, "Simple Math". The song comes off their recent album that came out a few weeks ago of the same name and finds the band insisting that music videos can still hold some kind of … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: "Home is a Fire"

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.First impressions are always tough. Death Cab for Cutie's newest record, Codes and Keys, came out earlier this week and I still haven't quite wrapped my mind around the whole the thing yet. The frenetic opener, "Home is a Fire", definitely caught my attention though with its bubbling neurotic tension and bouncy drums. Frontman Ben Gibbard, who … [Read more...]


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