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The Gospel Roots of the ‘Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll’
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Before Elvis and Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Before Aretha and Whitney and Beyonce. Before the blues met gospel and conceived rock ‘n’ roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Be ...

ICYMI: February Music
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Just as the winter months tend to bring a mellower, melancholic feel to life, so too can music. And some of this month’s more obscure releases do just that. If you’re looking for an album to check out on a dre ...

People Get Ready - Danny Duncan Collum | Sojourners Magazine - February 2013
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Danny Duncan Collum ...

Punch Brothers: God-Honoring Musicianship
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

People often say the mark of a true “master of a craft” is one who makes something ridiculously difficult look easy. Chris Thile, former member of Nickel Creek and front man for folk group Punch Brothers, is o ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

Finding God in Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that a chance encounter in a kids pizza joint and a subsequent search online for some pop culture trivia would reveal a glimpse of the as-yet-unrealized but nearly tangible kingdom of Go ...

Christmas Music That Isn't Horrible
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

A roundup of this year's best Christmas albums. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and even though most of us probably started cranking the Christmas tunes the day afte ...

Folk Artist Noah Gundersen Talks with Sojourners
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen stopped by the Sojourners office to talk with our Brandon Hook about music, his new album Family, God, and creativity. The Seattle-based folk artist was recently ...

CULTURE WATCH: Yeasayer — Musical Mad Scientists
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

There are some artists whose work leaves you walking away thinking, “How in the world did they do that?” The Yeasayer performance at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Nov. 15 was one such performance. ...

CULTURE WATCH: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: A Different Kind of Hip Hop
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Seattle based hip hop group Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who recently hit number one on the iTunes album charts and stopped by D.C.’s 9:30 club on Nov. 13, chose a different approach to the whole clothing concep ...

ICYMI: Andrew Bird's 'Hands of Glory'
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

If you were overwhelmed by all that election business, you might have forgotten that October just happened, and with it came a new release from one of my personal favorite musicians, Andrew Bird. ...

Election Night Jitters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 6:43pm | Type: Blog

"Freedom," by Richie Havens (Live at Woodstock, 1969) 22.   "I'm So Blue," by Joe Cocker ...

Freelance Whales Treat Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Freelance Whales’ performance on Wednesday was a bit like my experience with Hurricane Sandy: One minute was jubilation at the prospect of no work for two days, and the next minute was a mellowed out restlessn ...

On Analysis and the Holy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

What is it that music actually does? What is that thing? I'm not entirely sure....It affects the world around us. It engages the world around us. Sound waves travel through various substances -- with grea ...

In New Interview, Macca Says Yoko Did NOT Break Up the Beatles
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Paul McCartney says that Yoko Ono isn't at fault for splitting the Beatles or tearing John Lennon away from the group in an upcoming TV interview with David Frost, the BBC reports. ...

Riding Out the Storm: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 6:26pm | Type: Blog

For our brothers and sisters on the East Coast, in the path of the storm they call "Sandy," I've put together a little music for you to help pass the time. Sending you prayers of protection, pea ...

Weekend Musicking: Seven-String Goodness
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 1:36am | Type: Blog

It's been a very musical weekend. Pictured at left is a Foster 7-string guitar. It's just like a traditional 6-string acoustic, but with the added rumble of a low-b string. It's an interesting ...

GGNFT: Two Irish Boys Cover 'We Found Love (in a Hopeless Place)' SQUEEEEE!!!!
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

God Girl's New Favorite Thing for Oct. 25, 2012: Two Irish boys cover Rihanna's "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place,"... which gives her hope in a zillion ways. She tracked them down in Irel ...

Kimbra: Eccentric But Enjoyable
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

On the whole, Kimbra’s music is enjoyable, particularly live. Her giddy disposition seems genuine, and it definitely raises crowd morale. It’s easy to tell that she loves what she does, and she’s good at it. K ...

Passion Pit Shine in D.C.
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday Passion Pit wrapped up three sold out shows in D.C. with a triumphant performance, inspiring even the more awkward shyer attendees to move a little. Usually when I wr ...

Jens Lekman: Why You Should Check out Swedish Indie Pop
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Jens Lekman performs at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. Here's a review! Jens Lekman is a storyteller. Wait, Jens who? How do you pronounce that? Jens (pronounced ...

GGNFT (Ethiopia Edition): Teddy Afro
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:37pm | Type: Blog

ADDIS ABABA — Pretty much everywhere we've gone in Ethiopia this week, we've heard Teddy Afro's voice. The 36-year-old Ethiopian singer whose given name is Tewodros Kassahun or ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን in Am ...

Freelance Whales Evolve on 'Diluvia'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Freelance Whales didn’t just go to a new frontier — they went for the final frontier. Battlestar Galactica —not the first thing you think of while mining the vast array of in ...

The Market and Liturgical Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

The old markets, of course, have given way to new markets over the centuries, but throughout the history of the Western marketplace, markets (and the people they represent) have had tremendous say in what musi ...

GGNFT: The Rend Collective, 'Build Your Kingdom Here'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

God Girl's New Favorite Thing for Sept. 27, 2012: Northern Irish folk-experimental-Jesus-band Rend Collective Experiment debuts its newest video, "Build Your Kingdom Here," directed by God' ...

Mumford & Sons Stick to Their Guns
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

A review of Mumford & Sons sophomore album, Babel. “Are Mumford & Sons as big in America as they are here?” my English friend asked me a year ago over a pint at a pub on ...

A Hip Hop Gospel?
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Dozens of pop culture books have been written about using hip-hop to evangelize young people, to relate to their lives and bring them into the organized church. But Monica R. Miller, a visiting professor of re ...

Review of mewithoutYou’s Ten Stories
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

In May, mewithoutYou independently released Ten Stories, the fifth album of their career and their first album since parting ways with label Tooth & Nail Records. As conveyed by the striking artwork of Vas ...

Eleven Songs in Memory of Sept. 11, 2001
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Eleven songs in memory of 9/11 from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Suzanne Vega, Moby and Sinead O'Connor, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, John Hiatt, U2, and Hunter Parrish (f ...

New Music Friday: Aug. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Kathy Mattea, and David Byrne & St. Vincent. New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothe ...

40 Years Later, A Life Less Ordinary
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Fay is a story. And the British singer-songwriter's new album "Life is People" — his first in more than 40 years — is a gem of a record that comes out of nowhere and makes an impression bey ...

VIDEO: Brian Walsh Interviews Bruce Cockburn at the Festival of Faith and Writing
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

At the last Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, Brian Walsh interviewed singer / songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The following is the six-part interview. And continue scrolling to get the audio of Cath ...

New Music Friday: Aug. 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

New music from Rufus Wainwright, World Party, Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Alanis Morissette, and the wonderful new Anglo-Ugandan singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. New music from ...

New Music Fridays: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

New music from : Mary Chapin Carpenter (with James Taylor), Sixpence None the Richer, Matisyahu, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses. New music from : M ...

New Mumford & Sons: 'I Will Wait'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:38am | Type: Blog

As listeners, we really can't be sure what a songwriter's intention was when he or she composed a song. While I don't know whether it is what Mumford & Sons intended, I hear "I Will Wai ...

Video Monday: 'Wagon Wheel'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Old Crow Medicine Show 's Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua first met in the seventh grade in Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County, and began playing music together. They performed open mics at the Little Grill diner which was "really th ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

'With a brush and an eye full of light': Patti Smith's Spiritual Exploration
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

"Oh Lord let me die on the back of adventure/ With a brush and an eye full of light." These lines from the 10-minute "Constantine’s Dream" sum up "Banga" — the latest album from ...

Leonard Cohen's Stellar New 'Old Ideas' Explores Spirituality, Mortality
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

The years between 2004's "Dear Heather" and his latest album "Old Ideas" have built Cohen’s status to a Zen guru presence. For weeks there has been anticipation about this new record n ...

Duke Special's Deep Soul Shines on 'O Pioneer'
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Duke Special writes for the areas of deep soul and the dreams of an arts community get aired on "Stargazers of The World Unite"; the hopes of justice and a new world order by the Occupy Movement chal ...

Holy Biofuel & Justice Juice: A Musical Review of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

Sadly, too much of today’s so-called “praise-and-worship” music sucks the humanity out of our adoration and contemplation, leaving us with a sugary synthetic salvation that’s all Easter lilies and neutered lam ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

An Indie Call to Worship
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Joshua Witchger Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records. ...

The Nights Were Flamed With Fire
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

When I heard Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets for the first time, they were performing on the main stage at Wild Goose Festival 2012, opening up for established artists Jennifer Knapp and Phil Madeira. I had heard good things about them f ...

The Boss's Musical Indictment
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Springsteen sings what politicians won't say: We were robbed and the thieves have escaped justice. ...

From the Hollers to City Streets
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry Stream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat THE VIDEO for the title track of 2/3 Goat’s EP Stream of Co ...

QUIRK: Who Knew The Bishop Could Sing? (NT Wright Does Dylan)
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the Rabbit Room in Nashville, Tenn., invited Dr. N.T. Wright to speak to a fairly small gathering. He brought his message in both word and music. Here is, for more than a few in the room last night ...

Sisters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:02am | Type: Blog

Sister Christian. Soul Sister. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? The Singing Nun. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us and more songs about (and sometimes performed by) sisters (religious and otherwise.) ...

Working Class Heroes: A Playlist for May Day
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

A playlist for the working class: Ten songs in honor of May Day and workers everywhere. A playlist for the working class: Ten songs in honor of May Day and workers everywhere. ...

South Korean Christians Pray to Stop Lady Gaga Concert
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

According to AFP, a group of Christians gathered Sunday night to pray and protest Lady Gaga’s concert, scheduled for April 27. South Korean Christians are trying to pray away Lady ...