Cold War Kids- the official band of Christian college kids that embraced Emergent ideals but don’t want to talk about spirituality in the context of their new job as they are moving up the ladder. The are the kids we all want in our church even if we say we want the other guys more.
Johnny Cash- The Supportive grandfather of Emergent and modern Christian spirituality
Weezer- Emergent's snarky Buddhist college roommate that kept dropping out of school
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- The official band of Liberal but muscular Christianity that everyone thinks is destroying Emergent. He would make Mark Driscoll squirm in a street fight/ debate, even if does not believe in an interventionist God.
Jenny Lewis (and Rilo Kiley)- the official band of emerging Atheism (the humbler, more agnostic flavor)
The Mountain Goats and The Decemberists- the smart college friend from literature classes that never embraced faith, but we want to be associated with. Their older brother was Pavement. Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes are the younger brother. The Replacements was their dad. The Hold Steady is their drunken cousin. Emergent really wants these guys on board while the rest of the church holds no interest.
Wilco- The official band of postmodern country folks (I know I should have done much better)
Ryan Adams- who many of Emergent's critics see when they look at Emergent, if they are being nice
Ben Harper- The Official band of InclusivEmergent and open ended spirituality. He gets invited to Emergent events, but worries the outsiders. He is one of the reasons they keep starting new bands, even if they like listening to him behind the scenes.
The Cobalt Season- Emergent’s Son
some of these are inside jokes or obscure references. Please ask and I will explain anything.