The Weepies, Sirens (2015)

Music

This is not the way I thought it would be Sirens (2015), the first full-length album by The Weepies in five years, released after…

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell (2015)

Music

When loss and love in the past linger For several days after downloading Sufjan Steven’s latest album, Carrie & Lowell, I simply pressed REPEAT…

Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

Music / Pluralistic World

Music for a transgender journey In the contemporary American dialogue about sexual expression, there are increasing numbers of individuals talking about the transgender experience.…

The Milk Carton Kids

Music

A perfect blending I first heard The Milk Carton Kids watching the superb television documentary, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the music of Inside…

Woven Hand, Refractory Obdurate (2014)

Music

Woe to the broken planet If David Eugene Edwards was a fictional character instead of a musician, he’d appear in a story by Flannery…

Rapturous visions—or not

Music

A while back the hymn, “Blessed Assurance” was in the service of morning worship in our church. That hymn is always a problem for…

Omne Quod Spirat Laudet Dominum

Art / Music

We drove to the Twin Cities last night (in a light snowstorm) for a concert by the St Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). The traffic…

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

Music

A soundtrack for our time Vampire Weekend is four musicians who met as students at Columbia University. Modern Vampires of the City, their third…