Music at Mars Hill: Songs from the Whirlwind

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 week's post is by C. Ryan Knight, who writes CaPC's Not Fit for Dinner column.Ireland may very well have a different go-to acoustic-based musician for the international spotlight: Glen Hansard. It’s been almost six years since Ireland’s stormy but towering Damien Rice released a new album. Other than infrequent concerts and his guilt-ridden so … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Welcome Wagon's Precious Remedies of Healing and Reconciliation

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 Welcome Wagon is a husband-wife duo whose rise to indie fame seems peculiar at first glance. Aside from their association with indie superstar Sufjan Stevens, there is very little about The Welcome Wagon that seems cool or hip. Frontman Vito Autio is the senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in Brooklyn and writes pretty off-handedly about the … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Mars Hill Record Label and the Great Revolving Door

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.One thing that God has been teaching me recently is to get along with other well-intentioned people whose opinions differ from mine. Take Mark Driscoll, for example. I mean, honestly, the guy has said enough offensive things that I can't imagine ever having a desire to attend a Mars Hill–related church or event.But having never attended Mars Hi … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Mars Hill Church as Music Patron?

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Mars Hill Church in Seattle is launching a record album. You can watch the announcement here. I confess that I nearly did not survive the first two minutes of the video, especially when Pastor Mark said that in the Seattle area a single guy had a better chance of getting pregnant than he did of being active in a local church. However, I did persevere because, like it or not, the idea of the … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Justin Bieber 'Safe' for Children?

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.An article went up yesterday that was being passed around various entertainment blogs and publications. It created a stir in both Christian and non-Christian circles for parents who are concerned about their children. The article spotlights a primary school's decision to replace the patriotic country song "God Bless the USA" with the Justin Bieber … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: John Mayer and the Weight of Celebrity

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.John Mayer has been presented as the savior of pop music for quite sometime now. He is the "serious" musician—the guy who can actually play an instrument and write a tune himself. And to be totally honest, at the height of boy band, Britney-mania, Mayer's 2001 debut album Room for Squares felt like a refreshing new way to do pop. Because, despite hi … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: mewithoutYou and Why We Should Tell More Stories

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.One of my favorite things I get to do in this column is highlight Christian artists who have been able to defy the odds by creating music that is both unique and challenging. Unfortunately, from within the bubble of the Christian subculture, artists like these seem to be few and far between. But that's when we get to the band under spotlight this … [Read more...]

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...]

Music at Mars Hill: Father John Misty and the Myths He's Written

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.Drummer Josh Tillman had always been the sarcastic and slightly crude member of the otherwise seemingly serious and heavenly indie folk group Fleet Foxes. So when I heard Tillman was finally leaving the band to focus on his own solo material as as songwriter and singer, I was curious to see how much of the band's wide-eyed worldview would stay … [Read more...]


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