Music at Mars Hill: Beach House and the Myth of Memory

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, I wrote about myths -- specifically, the ones that Josh Tillman has created about life with his band Father John Misty. His are the desperate kind of myths that a person creates for himself once the meaningless pursuits of fame and rock 'n' roll fade. But there are plenty of other myths bands explore -- for example, take the new record … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Christian Entertainers

Is it just me, or does jumping off of someone's back and doing a karate kick in mid-air make for an awkward transition into corporate worship?I recently attended a concert featuring four popular Christian bands. Three of them asked me and the other audience members to join them in worship. We were asked to repeat simple praise choruses, raise our hands, close our eyes, and sometimes sing lyrics that were projected artfully onto a massive screen at the back of the stage. These musicians leading … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Spotify and the Culmination of a Century of Commercial Music

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.Spotify has been in business here in the United States since summer 2011. With nine months of legal music streaming under our belts, what do we have to say about this radical new way of listening to music? Are Spotify and other music streaming services just another passing trend in music listening? Is it a democratization of music or is it a … [Read more...]

From Punk to Prophet: The Story and Message of Tom DeLonge

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Guest Writer, Steven Sukkau.When pop-punk pioneer Tom DeLonge broke up Blink-182 to spend more time with his young family, no one could've predicted the new spiritual direction his life would take. Now, DeLonge's new band, Angels & Airwaves, (or AVA, stylistically shortened to the name of his daughter) is beginning to sound more like a voice crying out in the wilderness than a shot at fame.While on tour in Europe in the last years of Blink 182, D … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: The Kitten Covers and Creative Praise

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Not everyone likes cats, but most people like kittens. Some of these people who like kittens listen to a lot of rock and roll. At least one of those people has Photoshop. Hence, The Kitten Covers.Maybe you've stumbled across this tumblr feed of late; it's been making the rounds. The designer behind The Kitten Covers works solely in the iconic — Bow … [Read more...]

Girls, Cults, and Healing Past Wounds

Christopher Owens is a former member of Children of God, a religious sect most people consider to be a cult. Owens is now the lead singer and main songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Girls, who recently released a new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Listening to other tracks off of their new album, like the happy-go-lucky, Beach Boy-influenced tune "Honey Bunny," I’d never have guessed at Owens's dark past. But as I listened further, I realized that the band’s exploration of such a wide … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Joys of Community Music Listening

I've been interning at PasteMagazine.com for a couple weeks now down in Decatur, GA and one thing I've been turned on to is the wonders of community listening via turntable.fm. For so long, community listening was such a vital part of the music-listening experience. Whether it was sitting around a group of performers, the radio, or a record player, technology and the idea of experiencing music in the context of community have always had an interesting mutual relationship.For so long, … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Denison Witmer, Selebrities, Okkervil River, etc.

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Jason's picks of the week:Denison WitmerIt’s often tempting to seek out music that is big, bold, brash, and fearlessly new -- or at l … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Little Scream, tUnE-yArDs, Metal Ghibli, etc.

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world.  We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention.  Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Drew's Picks of the Week:Little ScreamExpectations for Laurel Spengelmeyer aka Little Scream's first album were understandably high as t … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Panda Bear and Death Cab for Cutie

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world.  We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention.  Each week we will share a video or two highlighting music that we find particularly engaging and meaningful.Drew's Picks:Panda BearI have never really been a fan of Animal Collective and so when band member Noah Lennox, who goes by th … [Read more...]


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