Arts & Leisure

Jack White’s Lazaretto: good album, bad theology

In the excellent documentary It Might Get Loud, Jack White talks about how he intentionally struggles with music. He often chooses crummy old instruments so that he has to work hard to make music with them. If he has time to go three steps to get from the piano to…  [more]

Hearing the music of redemption in Begin Again

With the release of his musical romantic drama Begin Again, Irish filmmaker John Carney, whose previous film was the low-budget Once, answers the question, “What could this guy have done with some real money?” More importantly, however, he hints at a much better question. What is it about music that…  [more]

Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and country music laments

Miranda Lambert started taking the country music charts by storm soon after she won third place on Nashville Star, a country version of American Idol, back in 2003. Her early hits “Kerosene” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” projected a don’t-mess-with-me persona that she has continued to highlight in all of her albums…  [more]

The devotional intimacy of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories

Coldplay have become one of the biggest bands in the world by crafting vaguely romantic and generically anthemic arena pop and delivering it with slick aplomb. Although in the same basic pool, they have never been as interesting as Peter Gabriel, as spiritually rousing as U2 or as erudite as…  [more]

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