A review of the month in music.
- A number of artists became involved in various social justice causes:
Ingrid Michaelson sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with children from Sandy Hook.
Deadmau5 hosted a post-Grammy’s benefit.
Mark Foster of Foster the People helps raise funds for water in Africa.
Peter Gabriel is working on an album for peace in Africa.
Edge of U2 starts a Hurricane Sandy relief fund.
- Spin magazine’s take on Nicki Minaj’s American Idol judging as a discussion over genre-mixing.
- An EDM reality show but more akin to “Jersey Shore” than an actual competition.
- A great Resurgence article about how God sings over his people.
- The United Nations screwed up a song choice for a concert, choosing a song which is associated with the killing of millions of people.
- Fascinating review of musicians making ordinary household objects into musical instruments. Finding beauty in the mundane.
- Mockingbird covered the non-controversy over Beyonce lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration.
- A battle royal between 80’s soft rocker Richard Marx and a blogger and why neither one is innocent in this incident.
- A great article on Ken Myers and his Mars Hill Audio Journal.
- Game discussing his new album Jesus Piece, something I covered over at Christ and Pop Culture.
- Computers are composing classical music on their own! Only a few years away from becoming batteries for robots.
- Amazingly, beautiful architecture of some of the world’s best opera houses.
- A great article on a bad Christian recreation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by my fellow Christ and Pop Culture writer, Nick Rynerson.