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“You Can’t Return to Where You’ve Never Left”: Thoughts on Songs of Innocence

September 19, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

U2’s new Songs of Innocence showed up free to all iTunes customers, creating immediate buzz as well as frustration. Neither the band nor Apple probably anticipated the way the very medium of the release would dominate many blogs and social media for several days.  Lost in much of the sound and fury of tweets and stories is the sound and fury of U2′s 13th studio album. Early on, rumors circulated of an album titled Songs of Ascent, but we ended up with Songs of Innocence. The group stepped down, ever so slightly,... [Read the full story]

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Plot Twist: U2 Releases New Album “Songs of Innocence” on iTunes, For Free, to Millions

September 9, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Well, hey. Look at this! Over the past several weeks, rumors have circulated across the internet about a possible connection between U2 and the Apple even in Cupertino, CA. Nothing was confirmed; in fact, publicists from both Apple and U2 themselves denied any connection whatsoever. Then, yesterday, The New York Times spilled the beans, making a bold claim that they would indeed “play a role” at the event. They did. This afternoon, everyone with an iTunes account received a free copy of the new album Songs of... [Read the full story]

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Plot Twist: U2 Releases New Album “Songs of Innocence” on iTunes, For Free, to Millions

September 9, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Well, hey. Look at this! Over the past several weeks, rumors have circulated across the internet about a possible connection between U2 and the Apple even in Cupertino, CA. Nothing was confirmed; in fact, publicists from both Apple and U2 themselves denied any connection whatsoever. Then, yesterday, The New York Times spilled the beans, making a bold claim that they would indeed “play a role” at the event. They did. This afternoon, everyone with an iTunes account received a free copy of the new album Songs of... [Read the full story]

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Nico Vega and Oh No Fiasco Deliver Hard-Hitting Rock at Nashville’s Exit/In

August 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Nashville’s the Exit/In, a classic yet almost easy to miss venue, recently played host to Los Angeles band Nico Vega, an up-and-coming powerhouse of a band known for their mix of musical elegance and gritty energy.  The opening band, Oh No Fiasco, with whom  Nico Vega share a label, combine alternative rock roots with a sometimes cutesy punk flair. Oh No Fiasco opens, immediately setting the bar for showmanship. The band’s lead singer, Lindsey Stamey, is a complete fireball on stage, melting faces right off the crowd... [Read the full story]

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Arcade Fire Brings The Heat And Tops The Charts With Reflektor

November 11, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Despite conquering the top 200 charts across the board, Arcade Fire’s Reflektor has some fans divided. Die-hards and otherwise issue praises and criticisms of the band’s latest venture, their first album since The Suburbs in 2010. The band’s hipster-friendly tunes haven’t quite disappeared into another form of Arcade Fire, but rather expanded into a broader sound, and their strong points are highlighted by moments of exploration. Where there was synchronicity throughout their previous albums that kept them in a safer... [Read the full story]

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Sacred Stables, Sacred Stadiums: Lifting the Veil on “Zooropa” at Christmas

During the “Zooropa” section in the U2 360 live set, the stage got cloaked in shimmering lights like a Christmas tree, obscuring the band, blurring the land where technology-meets-humanity... [Read more]

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U2 & the Holy Ghost iPod Shuffle

 Did you ever have the random shuffle on your music player speak to you in a profound way? We’re honored to have author & preacher Jonathan Martin share a U2 story about... [Read more]

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Transgressing Theology: Locating Jesus in a “F—ed-Up World”

For many fans, POP marks the moment when U2 went too far.  The word “excess” is often associated with the album and the tour that promoted it.  The auricular experimentation... [Read more]


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“You Can’t Return to Where You’ve Never Left”: Thoughts on Songs of Innocence

U2’s new Songs of Innocence showed up free to all iTunes customers, creating immediate buzz as well as frustration. Neither the band nor Apple probably anticipated the way the... [Read more]

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Plot Twist: U2 Releases New Album “Songs of Innocence” on iTunes, For Free, to Millions

Well, hey. Look at this! Over the past several weeks, rumors have circulated across the internet about a possible connection between U2 and the Apple even in Cupertino, CA. Nothing... [Read more]

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Head of Interscope Confirms 2014 U2 Album Release; Music Video in the Works

It has been an arduous year (decade?) for U2 fans desperate for new music. Earlier this year, U2 Interference published an article citing a Rolling Stone piece that claimed a 2014... [Read more]


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