Morning Light – A Review of Childish Gambino’s “Awake, My Love!”

No matter how many think pieces have been written, we don’t quite know who Donald Glover is. And even with all of them waiting in the wings, I don’t think we’re going to get a clear answer. And, thank God, because it has been a joy watching him answer that question for himself. From his early success as a prototype-YouTube celebrity to his hard earned career as a musician, Donald Glover is, in many ways, the promise of the internet generation – documentation of growth through experimentation. We … [Read more...]

John Grant: Joyous Prophet of the Via Negativa

 John Grant has been gracing the covers of international magazines aimed at upscale gay men during the last several months. Long a player on the alternative music scene as a member of The Czars, he has been in the midst of a personal and musical revival for the last six years. Now, at age 48, it seems like we're really getting to know him for the first time.Grant is nothing if not a lumbersexual—in the gay world, a bear. The video for his spring indie hit, the surprisingly groovy " … [Read more...]

Overboard – A Review of Andrew Bird’s “Are We Not Burning: The Devolution of Capsized”

By the very nature of his musical stylings, Andrew Bird is obviously a tinkerer. From the beginning of his solo career, Bird has been known for a handful of undeniable traits: lush violin, other worldly whistling, obtuse (or is it abstruse?) lyrics, and his trusty loop pedal. With a seemingly endless imagination and with incredible precision, Bird has built his uniquely avant-folk career out of constantly evolving loops and intricate atmospherics. Because of these factors, it should come as no … [Read more...]

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light – Brand New at Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, Texas 11/5/16

Brand New know exactly who they are – the rest of us aren’t really sure anymore. In their 16 years of existence, Brand New went from helping redefine and popularizing the massive punk rock sub-genre known as emo with bright hooks and maudlin meditations to deconstructing it completely through distorted expansion and existential contemplation. Where once they could be mistaken for just another product of the blink-182 generation, by now Brand New sound more akin to Fugazi after a couple years in t … [Read more...]

Music Review: Bon Iver’s 22, A MILLION

Resident Pop Theology music critic, Benjamin Griffin, offers a review of Bon Iver's latest album, 22, A Million. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

Chance the Rapper’s COLORING BOOK: A Review

Benjamin Drew Griffin praises Chance the Rapper's latest release, Coloring Book, which itself is full of praise. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

Swimming Alone: Radiohead’s A MOON SHAPED POOL

Pop Theology contributor Benjamin Drew Griffin has had some time to swim in Radiohead's new album, A Moon Shaped Pool. His thoughts after the jump. … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Reflections on the Death of Prince

Strange things happen at summer camp. Even Christian summer camp. Away from parents, out in the woods, under the supervision of mildly responsible college students. It was at my Christian summer camp in 1985 that I first heard the music of Prince.There in the meadow shelter at Camp Wildwood, the picnic tables had been pushed aside for the talent show. Some of the performers were doing lip-sync. (When did this even become an art form? With the invention of more portable music on cassette? … [Read more...]