The Feedback Loop: Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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The Feedback Loop is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music. Each year, blogs and publications and put out "best of" lists. Best albums of the years, best films of the year, and so on. For me, it's always been important to be able to look back and reflect on the music that really affected me that year -- to look back and see the trends that huddled together over the year and evaluate my own personal tastes. … [Read more...]

The Feedback Loop: Videogames and Other Grammy Nominations That Matter

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The Feedback Loop is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Each February millions of Americans gather around their TVs to watch a music award ceremony that very few people take seriously anymore. It's not news either. The truth is that as the ceremony moves closer and closer in line with mainstream pop music, fewer people out there who do take music seriously have much at stake in the ceremony.But t … [Read more...]

The Feedback Loop: Stars Head North For The Winter

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The Feedback Loop is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Stars is a band who has practically built its decorated fourteen year career on melancholy and heartbreak. Co-singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan like to let their melodies sink into the lower half of their vocal ranges, trading lines like a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers and letting their catchy indie-pop instrumentals do the rest. … [Read more...]

The Feedback Loop: Looking Back In Anberlin’s Vital

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The Feedback Loop is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Even though Vital was released just a couple weeks ago, it feels full of history for me. The heavy guitars and yelping vocals, the psuedo spiritual lyrics, and the brute emotive force of the songwriting all trigger very specific memories in my mind. High school to be specific.Anberlin is one of the few bands that I've had the pleasure of s … [Read more...]

The Feedback Loop: Derek Webb’s Struggle For “Ctrl”

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The Feedback Loop is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Technology, especially with regard to human development and evolution, is often used as a means of organizing and making sense of life. It’s meant to give us more efficiency, more control. But at what point do we start losing control to that technology?That is the question Ctrl sets out to explore. But Derek Webb doesn't address the ho … [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...]

Music at Mars Hill: Picking Sides in the Putin vs. Pussy Riot Case

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 idea of using music as a legitimate tool of protest or political resistance seems to have been abandoned in contemporary Western culture. When we think of music rebellion, we think of Dylan, Baez, and maybe The Clash—these were musicians that governments just did not like having around. However, in our emotionally detached 21st century po … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Future of Forestry's Newest Shoots for the Stars

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.Future of Forestry has always been promising new direction for Christian music. Not that it was a new worship methodology or a bold new genre. It wasn't even that Future of Forestry was a pioneering new sound or lyrical style in Christian music. It was more of a promise that the band—more specifically, multi-instrumentalist Eric Owyoung—would alway … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Worship Just about Style Preferences?

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 past week, I read an interesting article in one of Christianity Today's leadership journals called "Bieber Fever and the Worship Wars." The article talks about how the "worship wars" that churches have been engaged in have ultimately been fighting the wrong battles.Quoting research done about what "familiar, favorite music" does to our … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Why Frank Ocean's Rise to Fame Matters

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.No doubt you may have seen the name Frank Ocean in the past week or two going through your Twitter and Facebook feeds. But before we dive into why this 24-year-old singer-songwriter's quick rise to fame matters, let me set up the context.Fans have been anticipating Frank Ocean's solo career debut for quite some time. First there was his guest … [Read more...]


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