Music



Dream War: An Interview with Ella Mine

By Chris Thiessen

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the debut of Ella Mine’s concept show Dream War. The conceptual project delves into the depths of hopelessness, pain, and internal turmoil with such grit and vulnerability, yet it offers a beam of light to those who find themselves in the midst of similar fights. From beginning to end, the show’s poetic songwriting and diverse art rock sensibilities display Ella’s passion and intense dedication to the project. “I’ve given myself completely to this work,” she tells me at a local coffee shop. “I love all the music projects I’m involved in, but when I started writing Dream War I realized this is what I need to do.”

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Desolation EP: Now Available in the Rabbit Room Store

By The Rabbit Room

Drew Miller’s new project, set to release October 4th, is now available exclusively in the Rabbit Room Store for the next week. And it includes an unreleased bonus track, supplemental videos about the project, and beautiful liner notes in PDF form.

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An Autumnal Playlist

By Chris Thiessen

Autumn is an unthoughtful friend. Though it’s scheduled to arrive this Monday, the relentless sun ensures we’re still baking in late October, rendering us as overdone as a neglected apple pie on Thanksgiving. Autumn finally embraces us with cool weather just as Halloween passes by and the retail stores intensify our cravings for a snowy Christmas (which we know will actually be 70 degrees and sunny). I feel cheated, and yet, Autumn is my favorite season of all.

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The Local Show Playlist: September 3rd, 2019

By The Rabbit Room

We had a wonderful first Local Show of the season last Tuesday! Thanks to everyone who came out to hear these songwriters. We’ve compiled a setlist from the night, along with corresponding playlists in Spotify and Apple Music.

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Introducing a New Song: “Into the Darkness”

By Drew Miller

The week after Hutchmoot last year, I did two things: bought a guitar I’d been eyeing up all summer and wrote this song on it. When my wife, Kelsey, went to bed, I was strumming five chords. When she woke up, I had five verses.

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A New Local Show Season Begins: Fall 2019

By The Rabbit Room

One short week from today (September 3rd), the Local Show will return for its Fall 2019 season! And it will kick off with a slew of excellent voices: Andrew Osenga, Leslie Jordan, Chris Renzema, Becca Bradley, and Becca Jordan. You may or may not be familiar with all those names—not to worry. This post will get you up to speed on all these excellent artists.

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The Resistance, Episode 12: Fantastic Negrito

By Matt Conner

When I asked Xavier Dphrepaulezz how I should refer to him in our pre-interview banter, he told me he’s always Fantastic Negrito unless he’s in his pajamas.

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Covering Adoption Concert

By Drew Miller

Coming up on Friday, September 6th, my church family is hosting a night of cover songs from our favorite—and not-so-favorite—decades. Ticket sales will go towards families in our community pursuing adoption. Artists include Don & Lori Chaffer, Andrew Peterson, Matthew Smith, Flo Oakes, and myself, plus a handful more! Read on for more details.

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Announcing WELL: Exploring the Healing Power of Art

By The Rabbit Room

We are thrilled to announce that on October 11th, an event named “WELL” will take place at Hutchmoot, featuring Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson, Eric Peters, Odessa Settles, Drew Miller, Ella Mine, and hosted by none other than Jonathan Rogers. Needless to say, we’re eagerly anticipating this night of songs and stories.

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The Resistance, Episode 11: Glen Phillips

By Matt Conner

For years, Glen Phillips says, it felt personal.

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New Release from Sandra McCracken: “Christ Is The Life of the World”

By The Rabbit Room

Last Friday, Sandra McCracken released her first piece of new music since Songs from the Valley: a hymn called “Christ Is The Life of the World.”

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The Resistance, Episode 10: Drew Holcomb

By Matt Conner

The moment he said it, I could feel its hooks sink deep.

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