A mix of new and old, blending genres with thematic depth and distinction, marrying the current zeitgeist to the latest songs with an ear for what I need to hear right now.
Vancouver based musicians Sheldon and Nic Kozushko from sheldoncole came by Converge for a chat. We talked about the West Coast, Jesus, and their new EP: Detroit.
Many of us know the song “Honesty” by Billy Joel from his 1978 album 52nd street in which he declares that tenderness “isn’t hard to find.” But few people know that 5 years earlier on that very same record label Paul Simon released a song called “Tenderness” in which he argues the very opposite to Joel.
Last week, I sat down with Josh Garrels to talk about his new Christmas album. we talked about the melancholy and darkness this time of year and what the Incarnation means to him on a personal level. He also had some exciting news to announce! Here is some of our conversation. Listen here: Buy the album here […]
22, A Million employs auto-tune in such a way that it makes space for the human, and he likewise employs scepticism in a way that makes space for faith.
On The Life of Pablo Kanye provides nothing short of a full and honest picture of himself, warts and all. At the end of the day what emerges is a picture of a man honestly; albeit disjointed, confused, idolatrous, and misdirected; seeking after God.
Lauren Daigle is quickly making her rise in the music industry, her voice is a like a mix between Adele and Celine Dion and her personality in worship is both graceful and humble.
Switchfoot’s latest album was released on July 8, 2016, and it is a powerful new album which raises big questions about the current state of our world, and where meaning and hope can be found. Last week, Converge caught up with the band’s frontman Jon Foreman—here’s some of the things we talked about. Converge Magazine: […]
“We’re all gonna die,” whispered a sullen Sufjan Stevens at the climax to his song “Fourth of July” at Coachella this summer. The concert had been a fairly predictable Sufjan concert: feathery wings were present for his performance of Seven Swans and he had already smashed a banjo.
Why would anyone write an entire song romanticizing short-lived, noncommittal relationships and all the emotional turmoil involved in them? Maybe because that’s exactly what the music industry does best.
There is probably no time of year that people experience a more significant mood shift than spring! Sure the Christmas season brings joy to many, but being around family gives anxiety to many others. Spring is the most universal time for joy and excitement — new life and hope that a warmer/brighter day is […]
Before he had even released his first album, Andrew Belle was making waves in the music industry. He was awarded a John Lennon Songwriting award in 2009 before he debuted his 2010 freshman album, Ladders. Three years later he released Black Bear, a sweet mix of his poetic lyrics and new electronic beats. We had […]
In the world of worship music, John Mark McMillan is a man that marches to the beat of his own drum. Blending Americana and praise, the North Carolina singer/songwriter has carved out his own path, writing some of the most moving worship songs this past decade including “How He Loves Us,” “Skeleton Bones,” and “Future/Past.” […]
Christmas music. It’s everywhere. Pop and Christian radio stations dedicate an entire month to playing nothing but festive tunes, and stores are filled with the sound. It’s not exactly my favourite thing, since the ratio of good-to-bad Christmas songs is wildly tipped to the ugly side, but there are some gems to be mined out […]
“Blessed is the name, the name be blessed, written on my heart in burning letters. That’s all I know, I do not know the rest.” This may sound like a couple of lines from a poetic praise band, but instead this gem comes from 80-year-old folk poet Leonard Cohen. The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has released […]
Fall is a time where we as people go one way, and nature goes another. School starts back up, clubs and church programs are back in full swing, a full fall TV slate kicks in, football dominates the airwaves, and everyone seems to fill their calendars and pick up the pace. I am as guilty […]
Lightfall, a Toronto-based worship band, released its first EP on June 24, and has already made quite the impact. The album shot up to #1 on the iTunes Inspiration Charts, #36 on the Canadian Top Albums and #67 worldwide (according to UK charts). Made up of five guys who came together from different churches and […]
I have been all over the place lately. Maybe it’s no more than usual but it sure feels like it. The biggest change is probably that I am no longer a student (yay graduation!), and I am now a full time member of the work force. But there’s a lot of minor changes that are […]
I’m sitting in a room at Westside Church in Vancouver, waiting to interview Kings Kaleidoscope. I can hear their sound check upstairs. They’re headlining a show in about four hours, and a local band called The Wind & The Waves is opening. All of a sudden the muffled music stops, and ten minutes later, the […]
If music be the food of love, play on. Love is a paradox. It’s malleable, yet sturdy. It’s ubiquitous and all-encompassing. It’s infinite and focused. We live our lives everyday in the prospect of love. And even though some of us may feel as if love has forgotten about us, as if it has left […]
My family has adopted a sort of tradition at weddings as cousin after cousin gets married. We all pack out a hotel and commandeer their courtyard (or at least an outdoor area with someplace to sit). We talk late into the night until everyone’s eyes begin to feel the weight of the starry sky. […]
On the corner of Chestnut and Main in historic downtown Washington, Pa., Sean Feucht (pronounced “Foit”), founder and director of the Burn 24-7 movement, tries to fit music equipment, suitcases and product into the back of a Hyundai Santa Fe after a concert. His Trailblazer, roomier by a good foot, broke down on the way […]
With Victoria Day weekend just passed and Memorial Day Weekend approaching, the official start of summer has arrived in both Canada and the US. And whether you’re firing up the BBQ or loading up the car for a weekend of camping in the woods, here are a few songs that will inspire you as you […]
As mysterious as the creation of humanity might be, the mystery behind the creation of music is just as elusive. Was there a discovery of harmony? Or is music as natural and unexplainable as love itself? I believe music, outside of Christian circles, has the power to proclaim the love of God beyond the reach […]
Formed in Edmonton, Canada in 2009, Zerbin continues to blow fans away by their complex yet anthemic melodies. They’ve shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, FUN., Said The Whale, and AWOLNATION. We were able to catch up with lead singer Jason Zerbin on making it as a creative, and what it’s like to be a Christian in […]
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a profound connection to music – I’ve hardly met people who don’t. I’d even venture that while many people listen to their favorite genres based on aesthetic appeal, one’s affinity for particular artists and songs come from the deep, soulful intersection of experience, emotion, and expression. If you’re […]
Although countless worship albums are released every month, they tend to be homogenized, or as I like to put it, Hillsong-ified. Not that Hillsong doesn’t write and record some incredible worship songs, but when every bridge of every song reaches epic proportions… it can get a little weary. Which is why All Sons & Daughters’ […]
I know many of you have conquered the finish line of your latest term or have real jobs that are now beginning to wind down for summer. But, for me, it’s that crucial point in the quarter: mid-terms. Unfortunately, my graduate school is not on the same schedule as undergrads, so my Facebook news feed […]
Although the newness of spring is still in the air and the flowers are only beginning to bud, we’re already getting antsy for summer. Academic terms are wrapping up, and whether you’re in school or not, the excited youngins in the street have you wanting to see the world or, better yet, just find a […]
Since moving from my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, B.C. two years ago – that is, surviving two winter seasons my island kinfolk know not of – I’ve developed a deep affinity for taking long strolls when it’s not raining. There is probably no better season than spring for whimsically wandering around town. The chill […]
Here are some recent releases from around the web! Turn Blue- The Black Keys New music from The Black Keys makes everyone happy. With “Turn Blue” they do what they do best: rock and roll. There is a bit more synth than the trademark guitar riffs The Keys are known for, but I think it […]
Instead of lamenting your soggy existence during these rainy spring days, or expending precious energy loathing the faulty button of your purse-sized umbrella, why not allow yourself a few moments of introspection? Rain has an inherent dreariness that is an ideal backdrop for critical personal reflection. Regardless of whether you’re pressed up against a foggy bus […]
Here are a few songs I’m currently obsessing over. Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires Of The City” I may be slightly biased, as Vampire Weekend is one of my all time favourite bands. But everyone agrees that this album is quality. Don’t believe me? Check out their 2013 Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Everything from the […]
This one’s for the dreamers. This one’s for the lovers, the lovelorn, and the lonely. This one’s for anyone dreaming of sunshine on a wintry March day. It’s for the unrequited crushes, the happy flights of fancy, and the lazy mid-spring days. But enough preamble, let’s get into the music. Tracklist: 1. “Argentina (Parts I, […]
These songs are the reason iTunes made a repeat button. Coldplay: “Magic” and “Midnight” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should be well aware that Coldplay has released not one, but TWO new songs! Both tracks are in anticipation of the May 19th release of their new album, Ghost Stories. I am writing […]
When everything else seems lost under a winter puree of mud and slush, get lost in our collection of happy-go-lucky tunes from a warmer time and place. Let these warm-up beats ease you out of your soggy chilly doldrums, and help you avoid the fact that summer is still 114 days away. Tracklist: Jinja Safari – […]
Layers of vocals, instruments, and that touch of cow bell, when properly executed form a song that can top your “Most Played” and be put on endless repeat by radio stations around the world. Such songs, you might think, should never be messed with. While I agree that some songs are better left untouched, I […]
Congratulations — you’ve made it to Wednesday! If you have managed to make it to work somewhat on time for the first three days of the week (and have only hit one item with your vehicle), you deserve a treat! Here are some tracks that will help you get you through the day. James Vincent […]
It was while Jon Bryant was driving on the Trans-Canada Highway that reality came crashing in, rudely interrupting the game of avoidance he says he had been playing. “I wasn’t able to process anything for a long time. The feeling of being alone or homeless was something I ignored because it was easy,” Bryant says. […]
No one says Christmas quite like Sufjan Stevens, possibly because no one has said it, or better yet sung it, quite so much. With precisely 100 published Christmas songs to his name, Sufjan is the Christmas minstrel of our day. This Christmas journey for Sufjan began in 2001, when he recorded his first Christmas EP […]
The Father Nothing has the power to throw you back to 1999 like listening to Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open.” (Let’s be honest though, Brittany’s “Baby One More Time” is a close second.) Scott Stapp wrote that Grammy-winning song when his son, Jagger, was born. And now Jagger is already writing his own songs and […]
“There’s something wrong in the heart of man,” sang lead singer Win Butler on 2004’s Funeral, and Christian fans of Arcade Fire have been nodding along ever since. For the attuned ear, it can be easy to spot the Biblical references and themes throughout the band’s catalogue. There are so many that you can play […]
I discovered Mutemath at Creation Fest in 2005. They’ve been one of my favourite bands ever since. I’ve followed their progression closely since they started out on a Christian label playing youth conferences. They’ve now jumped ship from the church scene and are forging their own path through heavy touring, developing an original style in their […]
It was around the end of high school that my musical tastes took a drastic turn. An older friend burned me a CD (so throwback) featuring some early White Stripes, Modest Mouse and selections off Radiohead’s Kid A. It took multiple listens to get over how odd the music sounded to my unaccustomed ears; but […]
People often ask me what kind of music I like. I’ve found that the most true, all-encompassing answer to them is this: “Music you would probably call ‘depressing.”’ Although I don’t find it depressing. I actually enjoy a healthy portion of melancholy in my headphones. But it wasn’t until I got my heart broke that […]
Dan Bremnes is an award-winning BC based worship leader who has toured all over the world. Converge caught up with him to ask about where he came from, and how he likes touring across Canada. Hey Dan! So… tell us a little about yourself? Hey! Well I was born in Kamloops B.C. and lived there […]
After eight years of studio album hibernation, French musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of the famed robotic duo Daft Punk have released their greatly anticipated Random Access Memories (R.A.M). Already touted as a major success — their first single, “Get Lucky,” sits atop the charts in the U.K. and several other countries — […]
Now, I love rap music. I mean, I really love it. Part of me feels that as a husband and father approaching 30, I ought to “grow up” and change my taste in music. I listen to lots of other stuff as well, country, rock and crazy ’70s dance music are all on my ipod […]
“True Confession Tuesday”…how’s that for a catchy subheading? Anyway, that’s what you’re getting today, because I have a true confession to make. And, like a Peter Jackson movie, it comes in multiple parts. Part 1: I am not cool. I regard Radiohead with caution. I tolerate the Album Leaf. I actively dislike Sigur Ros. If ever I arrive […]
I was going to title this “Free Music Tuesday,” but that headline lacks in ring, doesn’t it? I should probably save the free music posts for Friday. But I don’t know how long this free spell is going to last on the entire catalogue from this Denver, Co. band, who make worship music as Page […]
Here’s our monthly staff playlist, fresh tunes for a fresh start.
Ivan & Alyosha builds their legend, one thoughtful, exuberant pop song at a time. Despite nods from Filter, Spinner and National Public Radio, Ivan & Alyosha retains a thin veil of fashionable obscurity. This is probably due to the band’s patience in building its fan base, anthill-style, from the foundation up. Six years, three EPs, and […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile a list of refreshing songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. They may not all be Christmassy, but Stephanie Ip brings you a mixtape of her favourite chilly songs […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. Instead of bringing tidings of tinsel-tunes, this next Christmas tracklist by Sam McLoughlin plays off the West Coast mood […]
We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. This next Christmas playlist by Craig Ketchum brings an hour of sing-a-long songs and chillingly beautiful hymns. Don’t be fooled: […]
Christmas this year We’ve asked a few of our music-loving friends to compile refreshing playlists of Christmas songs of new and old, original and classics, for our readers to get ready for the holidays with a jingle in their day. Here is our first (of the series) Christmas playlist by Birds Of Canada: a mix of […]
The electro-pop band Kye Kye from Camas, Washington will be releasing their second full-length album, and they need your help to make the project happen. The goal is to reach 40K in 30 days. This kind of fan fuelled funding is not new and is beginning to gain prominence in the music industry. The Ember […]
Originally printed in the September-October issue of Converge magazine. Photos by Royce Sin and Ryan Wong for Converge magazine I’m lounging in a plush leather seat in the lobby of a moderately swanky apartment building turned hotel. As I wait for Joseph Vincent to arrive, I look over my notes for the interview. Don’t have […]
Catchy electronic pop making mid-20’s Adam Young, more widely known as Owl City, isn’t about to let summer go out with a damp fizzle. With his latest album “The Midsummer Station” on the rise, and his dance-inducing collaboration with B.C.’s Carly Rae Jepson closing yet another great season, he’s taking the good times on the road! Starting […]
The human brand We like our heroes to be linear. We like to see them grow at a steady incline until they transcend all possibility of self-doubt and failure. Ideally, they’ll do more than show us the way — they’ll walk it on our behalf. And if they stumble, they’ll at least deliver a handsome […]