Get Scared, Built for Blame, Laced with Shame (2012)

Music

The lament of a burdened heart Though moving is no fun, developing new friendships is. So I asked a young woman I am getting…

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 Oh Hellos, Through the Deep, Dark Valley (2012)

Music

Music of the kingdom About a month ago I received an email from an acquaintance asking if I was aware of the group, The…

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…