Music

Beyond versatile

Every so often there's a new talent who sounds like bottled lightning. Chicagoan Rob Clearfield, not yet 30, is blessed as well with a relentless work ethic.
April 19, 2011

I like the energy and talent in our praise group, but invariably I'm the one who asks if the bass player could turn down his amp. I've also been known to ask if we could sing more songs that let Jesus down off of the cross.
April 15, 2011

After Jesus shared his last supper with his friends, they sang a hymn together. There is every reason to believe it was the Hallel, Psalms 113 through 118. How have I missed this before?
April 8, 2011

Anger and longing

When Arcade Fire won a Gram­my for album of the year, Win But­ler came to the podium clinging to his identity as one of the band geeks. "We're gonna go play another song because we like music"—just in case anyone had forgotten about the music after Lady Gaga emerged from an egg, Katy Perry swung from the ceiling and Gwyneth Paltrow danced on a piano.
April 3, 2011

It's a truism that Christianity lives and breathes as much (or more) through music as through preaching or teaching, to say nothing of dense theological texts--so Christian preachers and teachers should be on the lookout for ways to incorporate the great hymns of the tradition into our sermons, lessons and other theological work.
March 28, 2011

The Head and the Heart

This new band's sound has roots in the indie-folk scene, with its moody treatments of simple chord progressions and Americana rhythms. But the larger thread here is classic pop, and The Head and the Heart offers the complete feel-good package.
March 13, 2011

Say Goodbye, by Liz Janes

While Say Goodbye is no straightforward salute to Mem­phis, soul is as good a word as any for this quiet, strange but above all groovy little record.
March 6, 2011

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