Behind the Scenes with Bono: Rock, Politics, Poverty… and His Christian Faith

Believe it or not, I still hear Christians who declare that Bono isn't a believer. In spite of his testimonies in public, in print, in music, and in deed.And here he is again, in a monster of an article about the band and its singer, talking about the steep climb of putting faith into action (and into art) while world-famous: SOH What intrigues me, though, is this tricky place you are in, which is quite unprecedented in pop star terms. You have used your celebrity to go into the world of … [Read more...]

New Zoo Reviews: U2’s “No Line on the Horizon”

Even the haters would have to admit: This is a pretty cool story.Yeah, the hype for U2's upcoming album has come to a boil.But is this just "hype"? Check out these reviews... … [Read more...]

U2’s New Single Lets Us In the Sound

WARNING: This post is written by an unapologetic U2 fanboy. Extreme enthusiasm ahead.UPDATE: Here's Ann Powers in the LA Times considering the new song.I've just listened to "Get On Your Boots" about five times through after buying it from iTunes.It showed up at the iTunes Store for a very short time tonight, and now the Search that I used to find it isn't working anymore. (I'm sure it'll be back up there soon.)Anyway... in my humble opinion, the song is a lightning bolt of … [Read more...]

McCormack on U2’s new album

Neil McCormick on U2's No Line on the Horizon: So what can I tell you without infringing copyright? It took two listens to find my way into it, which has to be good a thing. It is dense, twisty, shiny, modern pop music, a big mash up of Eno ambience, Edge electricity, rhythm and soul. There are verses and choruses, though not necessarily in that order (and quite often its hard to tell which is which). It doesn't feel the need to hit you over the head, but has the Ninja confidence to sneak up … [Read more...]

New York, New York: New Thoughts from Bono

Bono's started work in his new job... columnist for the New York Times. And I like the first installment. … [Read more...]

Browser: Lennon. R.E.M. ’09 films. Best Song Sequences. U2. Death of a Newspaper?

1.A new film about John Lennon is in the works from the makers of Control. Story here. And here we learn that Kristin Scott Thomas will be in it.2.Paste is cooking up one heckuva tribute show for R.E.M, featuring many special guests like Patti Smith and The Apples in Stereo. And the house band? Calexico. How many kinds of awesome is that? Seems like the music world is rallying behind R.E.M. these days. Hopefully it will help them re-start their engine and put out a good record again. … [Read more...]

Browser – “Snowpocalypse” edition: Over the Rhine, U2, WALL-E, Sam Phillips

Merry Christmas, everybody!I've just returned from Cincinnati, where I joined about 2,500 friends to celebrate Over the Rhine's 20th anniversary. We enjoyed three days of concerts, the reunion of Over the Rhine's original lineup, and music spanning their whole career. I'll soon be writing about the band, the history, the poetry, the fans, and a kind of band/audience relationship you just won't find anywhere else. But for now, I'm just smiling in the glow of some unforgettable experiences, … [Read more...]

U2’s “No Line on the Horizon” arrives March 3.

The Washington Post: Irish rockers U2 have named their new album "No Line On The Horizon," and will release it worldwide in early March, their label said on Thursday. … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

Browser, 11/5

First, the preview for Revolutionary Road... … [Read more...]