A sampling of Opus’ finest content over the years, hand-picked for your entertainment, education, and edification.
May 17, 2017
PWR BTTM’s Disgrace Reminds Us That Separating Artists From Their Art Is Difficult
Art can be transcendent — but enjoying it in spite of the artist’s flaws and transgressions can be difficult.
Dec 31, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2016
2016 sucked in many ways. But there was beautiful music to be heard in the midst of the year’s ugliness.
Nov 19, 2016
The Perils (and Positives) of Politicizing Pop Culture
Pop culture nerdery won’t save the union but it could help us understand each other a little better.
Jul 27, 2016
What might happen in season two of Stranger Things?
Also, some more thoughts about why, exactly, the show is so powerful and endearing for me.
Jun 15, 2016
The Church Needs Music That’s More Than Just “Positive and Encouraging”
If the Bible has room for Job, Psalm 88, and Lamentations, then the Church’s music should have room for such content, too.
Apr 20, 2016
Youth Group Nostalgia Can Be Bittersweet
As I’ve heard more stories from folks my age about their church experiences, I realize how fortunate I was as a kid.
Jan 5, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 5: Honorable Mentions
These songs may not have been in my top picks but they still deserve notice in their own right.
Jan 4, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 4: Noah, Pure Bathing Culture, RAIJ, The Soft Moon, Sufjan Stevens & U.S. Girls
Sleepy trip-hop, atmospheric indie-electronic, religious experimental folk, harrowing post-punk/EBM, mournful folk & experimental electronic rock.
Jan 3, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 3: Kendrick Lamar, Lightning Bug, Luxury, Makeup & Vanity Set, mewithoutYou & Native Lights
Incendiary hip-hop, soaring shoegaze, aggressive indie-rock, poignant synth-wave, thought-provoking emo & atmospheric rock.
Jan 2, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 2: Eons D, Carlos Forster, The Green Kingdom, Grimes, Holly Herndon & In Gowan Ring
Soulful hip-hop, lo-fi psychedelia, ambient dub, soaring electronic pop, abstract electronica, and otherworldly neo-folk.
Jan 1, 2016
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 1: Alphaxone, Blackalicious, CFCF, Rob Clouth, Cold Showers & The Declining Winter
Ominous ambience, funky hip-hop, pan-global instrumentals, crushing electronica, elegant post-punk, and forlorn post-rock.