Friday Night Music: Portugal The Man

Like Quiet Company, this is another of the bands I first heard about from Chris Stedman's atheist & agnostic music list. This uptempo, anthemic prog-rock song, from their 2013 album Evil Friends, was his #1 pick, and I find it hard to argue (although I have no idea what the video means): … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The Dollyrots

It's Friday, and after a week like this one, I'm guessing we could all use something upbeat to ease into the weekend.So here's a blast of pure sonic joy from the Dollyrots, a pop-punk band fronted by the husband-wife duo of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas. This is one of my favorites off their self-titled, fan-funded 2012 album. Take a listen and tell me it's not catchy:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Quiet Company

Over the summer, Chris Stedman published a list of his 20 best atheist or agnostic anthems. I've been listening to his choices and found a few artists that I like quite a lot.One of the groups that was new to me is Quiet Company, a formerly Christian band from Austin, Texas. Their 2011 album We Are All Where We Belong is explicitly atheist; the lead singer, Taylor Muse, described it as "a break up record, only the romance that's ending was between myself and religion."Check it out (and … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The National

It's Friday night and I haven't done one of these in a while, so here's a video from a group I've been listening to a lot lately: The National, a moody and melancholy American band. This is from their quite good newest album, Trouble Will Find Me:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Fitz & the Tantrums

At long last, spring is in sight. Time to celebrate the season and usher in warmer weather with something upbeat, and I've got just the thing: Fitz & the Tantrums, an infectiously catchy soul-pop hybrid from L.A. Like Of Monsters and Men, another of my favorites, they trade off between male and female vocalists (in this case their lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs) to good effect:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The Temper Trap

Here's a little something for your Valentine's Day from the Temper Trap, a band that I just recently came across though they've been around for a while. This is from their 2009 debut, Conditions, which is another of the rare albums I can easily listen to all the way through. It's a minimalist video, but a damn good song:What music has been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Chvrches

Welcome, 2014! It's a new year, so let's ring it in with some new music from Chvrches, a synthpop trio from Scotland with a name that's hard to type.I came across this band late last year and downloaded their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which I've had on heavy rotation ever since. I can listen to it all the way through - no duds or filler tracks - which is pretty rare, even for bands I like. (It doesn't hurt that their lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, has written a bracing … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Shelley Segal

In my previous Friday Night Music posts, I've just been sharing artists I like, with no overarching theme. But this is Daylight Atheism, after all, and it's about time I featured an explicitly atheist musician!I'll be the first to say that I don't usually like what you might call "message music", but Shelley Segal is the exception. I heard her sing on Freethought Radio earlier this year, and I was instantly a devotee. I bought her 2011 record An Atheist Album right away, and I've been … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Janelle Monae

I don't know a lot about R&B or hip-hop, but I know what I like, and since discovering Janelle Monáe a few weeks ago I've been well and truly addicted.In any case, Monáe is almost impossible to pigeonhole. R&B is only the broadest description of her music, which spans a wide variety of styles - jazz, classical, '70s-esque funk, and more - and all in the service of a science fiction concept story, spanning multiple albums, about a messianic android on the run from the dystopian … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Foo Fighters

Because sometimes you just need a little screaming. From the excellent 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace: … [Read more...]


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