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Kendrick Lamar flows into hip-hop like molten lava

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Music | All eyes in hip-hop have been riveted on Kendrick Lamar since his 2012 debut . Lamar sent shockwaves through the genre by ditching themes of self-aggrandizement…

Trent Dabbs offers listeners a sunset, not a sermon

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Music | Trent Dabbs’ Believer— with its folky vibe, reverb-soaked vocals, and gently floating psychedelic guitar—will leave listeners half convinced they…

Christian rapper Derek Minor on the battle in every human heart

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Music | Christian hip-hop artist Derek Minor is focused on the clash of civilizations in his latest album, Empire . Not the struggle between human societies but…

Jodee Lewis takes a mean street tour with Whiskey Halo

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Music | Jodee Lewis is a country and folk artist with a honky-tonk attitude, combining the spunk of Miranda Lambert with the snarky wit of Kacey Musgraves. Lewis also…

Christ’s freedom shines in Mike Farris’ Grammy-winning album

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Music | Mike Farris’ Grammy-winning album Shine For All The People is the answer to those who view God as a cosmic Grinch (and Christians as His fun-squelching…

Keb’ Mo’ paints a blues panorama with a moral center

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Music | If a body can’t swing to Keb’ Mo’s Blues Americana , it might not have a swing gene at all. Nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards, Mo’s…

From Matzah Ball soup to Grammy nod, Haim just wants to have fun

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Music | The three Jewish sisters who make up the band Haim were recently spotted traipsing around Hawaii with their newest chum, megastar Taylor Swift. It’s one of…

Among outrageous pop stars, Ed Sheeran is weirdly normal

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Music | Twenty-three-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran stands out from this year’s Grammy frenzy. It’s not his nomination for the coveted best-album award nor…

Andrae Crouch: Gone to see the King

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Obituary | Legendary gospel singer-songwriter and arranger Andrae Crouch—often referred to as the “father of modern gospel music”—died Thursday of a heart…

For Pentatonix, Christmas is heavy on fun, light on faith

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Music | Pentatonix, a five member a cappella sensation, made the biggest Christmas music splash this year with a new album that rocketed to the top of the season,

Aaron Shust’s epic take on the Christmas story

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Music | CCM artist Aaron Shust comes out swinging for the stars on his new Christmas album Unto Us —an ambitious blend of classical and rock music in the vein…

A Christmas jazz album that points to Jesus

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Music | Many jazz-themed Christmas albums are an ill-considered hash of cheesy arrangements that seem more like an opportunistic lunge for a quick Christmas buck than…

 
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