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Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap.  Parker Millsap is a talented newcomer to t ...

You Gotta Move
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel." INSIDE TOWN HALL, New ...

U2's Songs of Transcendence
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Hearing U2's album October for the first time set my life on a trajectory that continues to this day: finding God in the places some people say God isn't supposed to be; looking for the truly sacred ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

U2's Bono Once Wrote A Poem For Billy Graham: 'The Journey From Father To Friend'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Press

September 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

See the Touching Handwritten Poem a Famed Rock Star Once Delivered to Evangelist Billy Graham
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

U2's Bono Wrote Poem for Billy Graham Based on Preacher's Life Journey
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:48am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jessica Martinez ...

Bono: 'I Give Thanks Just for the Sanity of Billy Graham'
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Press

September 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Chapman ...

The Evolution of Cody ChesnuTT
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Storbakken Following a musician's journey through the rough and the redeemed. PRIOR TO MY conversi ...

Gown of Grief: The Collection’s Songs of Mourning and Celebration
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

The Christians that remain relevant in our world have invested in the Kingdom here, now, and all around us, and they don’t shove tracts that guarantee afterlife fantasies in our faces on the same street corner ...

People Love Their Nickel Creek
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t realize so many people could love Nickel Creek so strongly. The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” ...

Liturgical Nostalgimania
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

We are retooling liturgies left and right. This practice is neither good or bad, but there is an ethical ambiguity that may need to be addressed.The new is born of ideations of the old. Then sold in the liturg ...

Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Is Gay, Mormon, and Proud of It
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

KISS may have been on the cover of the April 10 issue of Rolling Stone, but the most eye-opening headline may have been the one that proclaimed: “Gay, Mormon & Finally Out.” K ...

Holy Week Music Sets a High Bar, But One Church Rises to the Challenge
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Think Christmas, and carols come to mind: “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel.” But think of the other great Christian season — Holy Week and Easter — and most people draw a musical blank. ...

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist Seven Deadly Sins: A Playlist   Wrath Rolling in the Deep — Adele Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J Sloth Laz ...

Art, Liturgy, and the Future of Music: A Q&A With Gungor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners’ Associate Web Editor Catherine Woodiwiss caught up with musical collective Gungor at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Here’s what Michael Gungor has to say about art, liturgy, and th ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

Is New Katy Perry Video Blasphemous? Some Think So
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

disintegrate. “Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video,” reads the petition, started by 22-year-old Shazad ...

VIDEO: A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In remembrance of Pete Seeger In " Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir " ( Sojou ...

A Year in Music
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

This year I have been trying something new to me. I’m trying my hands at a little music or concert review. It’s a chance to experiment with this nascent methodology I’m developing. ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Rapper Shad Wrestles with Humanity and Humility
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

There is no mistaking it: Shad Kabango's music is authentic and tenacious. With incredible humility, he speaks from his heart, with no fear of calling out the inconsistencies he sees in the world. ...

ICYMI: Brooklyn-Based Lucius' Vintage Pop Tunes Are A Must Listen
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Brooklyn-based Lucius have managed to craft an album with diverse songs, catchy hooks, and really powerful vocals and harmonies stick in your head for days. It seems rare these da ...

The God of Rap
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

No, this is not a critique of consumerism or materialism within hip-hop culture. On the opening night of the  Yeezus Tour , multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye Wes ...

ICYMI: Heavy Hearts on The Head and the Heart's Sophomore Release
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

While not nearly as upbeat as their last record, “Let’s Be Still” is perhaps deeper and rawer. The standout songs don’t pull it up enough to eclipse its predecessor, but it’s still worth giving a listen. ...

WATCH: The Head and the Heart's New Single Written in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Seattle-based folk group The Head and the Heart released their newest single, "Another Story," off of their anticipated upcoming album, Let's Be Still. Seattle-base ...

Beyoncé, Religion, and the Crowd: Desiring Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

It was a depressing beginning to the week. I mimetically absorbed much of this violence, hatred, and racism. Misanthropy settled into my soul and I began to loathe myself and the entire freakin’ human race. Bu ...

'I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You:' Album Review
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

In previous albums, Derek has been more critical of what we could refer to as the “Christian Right” — those who vote for politicians just because they are anti-gay marriage (“Freddy Please”) or that support ev ...

Catching Up and Catching Grace with Singer-Songwriter Sam Phillips
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

"Push Any Button,” the first new physical album in five years from singer-songwriter Sam Phillips, is a blithe, fetching exploration of life’s flip side — after the flush of youth, after the heartbreak, a ...

Problems with Christian Contemporary Music: An Interview with Trey Pearson of 'Everyday Sunday'
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

No offense to the artists that are ruling Christian music, but it's just not at the peak of the creative music spectrum. It almost never is. It always feels behind, and that's because the gatekeepers ...

The Spirituality of Fun.
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

I love Fun.. I especially love the wacky period at the end of the band’s name. But Some Nights is full of philosophical and spiritual gold. It asks questions about identity, friendship, violence, and the purpo ...

Let It Ring: Indigo Girls Grace The Goose
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

To be frank, I have been to a lot of secular music festivals that pay admirable lip service to activism, but these did not feel like they were anything close to being part of a movement. Wild Goose, on the oth ...

Troy Bronsink’s 'Songs To Pray By' Travels To Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

A solo Bronsink will be presenting his musical work tomorrow at the Wild Goose Festival. We both took a break from packing and planning our journeys to North Carolina for this email interview. ...

Second Time Around: Wild Goose Mixtape 2013
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival, Aug. 8-11 in Hot Springs, N.C. I’m excited to share this mixtape in honor of the Wild Goose Festival , A ...

David Wimbish: Life, Death, Fundraising, and Festivals
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

At the 2012  Wild Goose , for an afternoon set at a tent tucked away on the backwoods of the festival site, a young North Carolina band blew minds and won fans. More than just a band — more like a multicolored movement of sonic jubilee —  David Wimbi ...

Animal Collective: ‘With It’
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Animal Collective create intricate soundscapes that take themselves and their listeners into an experience that, whether they like it or not, is reminiscent — at the least — of an experiential look at eternal ...

Mumford & Sons: Hootenanny for The Soul
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

“Listen to the words,” the young woman behind me stage-whispered to her chatty date. “Are you listening?” “Listen to the words,” the young woman behind me stage-whispered to her ...

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

On this album, the third in what Koenig sees as a trilogy, Vampire Weekend manage to mature their poppy, eclectic sound, drawing from all sorts of genres and international songs — as they normally do — but als ...

Mumford and Sons: Eschatological Banjos
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

As the people of the earth can enter into the city of God bringing what they have (Rev. 21) so too does the congregation bring all that they are to worship. A couple of weeks ago ...

Protest Songs, Revisited: New Campaign from ONE Features Mumford & Sons, U2, and More
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

The ONE Campaign, co-founded by music legend Bono of U2, has launched a new platform to promote global messages of social justice, women’s rights, and putting an end to apartheid, war and poverty — just to nam ...

Catholic Rocker Matt Maher Finds Cross-Over Appeal Among Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Growing up Roman Catholic in Newfoundland, Matt Maher never imagined that his childhood interest in music would lead to a career as a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian rocker — let alone a crossover ar ...

Hugging Bono, Engaging Critics, and Wishing 'The Frontman' a Happy Birthday
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Like Bono, I am no economist, but also like Bono, I take seriously the Biblical teachings about poverty and justice. Back in December 1984, I went to my first U2 show at Detroit’s ...

Stornoway: Hopeful and Honest
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Stornoway delivered with hopeful, honest songs about life, love, and everything in between. Delightful is probably the best word to describe their music and the experience of seeing them live. It’s like taking ...

Still A Believer: A Talk with Singer-Songwriter Nataly Dawn
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

A while back I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Nataly Dawn about faith and songwriting. Dawn grew up in France, went to Stanford for undergrad, and made it big on Y ...

Former ‘Jesus Freak’ Traces the Evolution of Christian rock
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Today, at age 65, Gersztyn’s religious fervor has mellowed; he rarely attends church and calls himself “an allegorical Christian.” But he has put together his love of pop music and photography to publish an il ...

Sojo Stories: The Last Bison
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Chesapeake, Va.-based folk band The Last Bison talked with Sojourners about music, creativity, and God before their show in Washington, D.C. a while back. Be sure to listen to their recently released debut alb ...

Justin Bieber at the Anne Frank House: Our Addiction to Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

On Saturday, the pop culture icon Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam while on a world tour. At the end of his visit to the museum, Bieber wrote a message in the guest book. ...

Local Natives and Salvation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

The passion translates into fresh, catchy indie rock laden with eclectic beats, rich harmonies, huge swells, and lots of “Ohs” that may eventually have — dare I say it — mainstream success. In a culture that’s ...

Marcus Mumford and the Trouble With Labels
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Marcus Mumford, the 26-year-old lead singer of the wildly successful British band Mumford & Sons, raised the hackles of religious folks (in some quarters) when he decli ...