God and Country Music: Ivan & Alyosha

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 rising populari … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: In Defense of Pop 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.This weekend I got the privilege of MCing, DJing, and running sound at my good friends' wedding. I have a long history of participating in weddings, starting when I played the piano for my first wedding at the age of 11. (I still can't believe they did that to me.)But ever since then, I've enjoyed being able to play piano at weddings—especially fo … [Read more...]