Entering Zoo Station: A Christian U2 Critic Talks to the Media

August 27, 2009

“I’m ready
/Ready for what’s next
/Ready to duck
/Ready to dive”

“Zoo Station,” U2

When my new book–We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel According to U2–came out, I knew that it entailed engaging the Christian and secular media-and what that might mean. I’ve done enough writing about religion and culture, been on enough local, national, and international shows, to know that first, there’s so much interest in the intersection of religion and culture from both the sacred and the secular media that I’d be spending a lot of time talking to reporters, producers, and radio hosts.

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U2 Go Snippet-Crazy For London

August 16, 2009

The 360 Degrees tour landed back in the UK over the weekend for two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.  The dates were the first of a five-night stand for Britain that will culminate this turbulent – and often exhilarating – first leg of the tour.

Reportedly, the Claw stage setup allowed for the largest crowds ever to pack Wembley, with estimates at around 88,000 for each night.

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Grizzly Bear’s Greatness and Flaming Lips’ Stale Shtick at Pitchfork

August 15, 2009

For one weekend in Chicago this past July, thousands of hipsters descended upon Union Park to gather at the holy grail of gatherings for the indie culture: the Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival has been organized since 2006 by Pitchfork Media, the respected, reviled, and always intelligent but divisive website focused on music criticism and commentary. [Read more]

She Will Follow: NY Fringe Festival Play Chronicles U2 Fan Experience

August 14, 2009

To serious fans of Irish rock band U2, “I Will Follow” is more than just a song title. It’s a personal philosophy.

It’s also the title of a semi-autobiographical play by Barri Tsavaris that chronicles the U2 fan experience and hits the stage this weekend at the New York International Fringe Festival.

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U2 Producer Daniel Lanois Set To Appear At Soundedit ’09

August 8, 2009

If you happen to be in Europe next month, and are bummed you can’t make the opening shows of U2′s North American leg, fear not.

The first International Music Producers Festival – Soundedit ’09 will take place at the Wytwornia Club in the Polish city of Lodz on September 11th and 12th, and the special guest and featured producer is the one and only Daniel Lanois.

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