Music at Mars Hill: The Shins Offer a Renewed Sense of Optimism

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.Most thought this album would never come out. It's been five years since Wincing the Night Away and frontman James Mercer had repeatedly reinforced those doubts in interviews. However, now we've got Port of Morrow, the band's fourth studio album. Musically, it sounds very much like The Shins. Simple songs, acoustic guitars, and Mercer's unique … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

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 looked toward the new year by jotting down some New Year's Music Resolutions for 2012. This week, I thought it would be fitting to list some of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I have more details for some of these and less for others, but all been officially announced. There are a ton of great releases on the horizon, but these … [Read more...]


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