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Naomi Shelton’s new album electrifies the body and edifies the soul

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Music | Gospel soul singer Naomi Shelton performed in Brooklyn nightclubs for four decades before she was “discovered” by Daptone Records. The 71-year-old…

Flatt Lonesome embraces its musical and spiritual roots

Flatt Lonesome embraces its musical and spiritual roots

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Music | Bluegrass newcomers Flatt Lonesome took the genre by storm in late 2012 with its debut album. The youth and energy of this family-based sextet “caught…

All Things New has a good time singing about a good God

All Things New has a good time singing about a good God

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Music | Christian band All Things New immediately garnered fans and media interest with last summer’s self-titled debut album. Recently the band reimagined several…

Gungor drifts from biblical orthodoxy

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Music | Dove-award winning artists Michael and Lisa Gungor—whose “Dry Bones” and “Beautiful Things” became worship anthems across the country—are known…

Preson Phillips: A wild worship ride toward an even wilder God

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Music | Preson Phillips’ new worship album In Our Winters is full of raw-boned electric guitar and instrumental jams that would fit comfortably in the rock section of…

Weird Al’s new album is predictably good for a laugh

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Music | Weird Al Yankovic—the famous parodist who turned Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” into “Eat It” and The Knack’s “My Sharona” into…

Christian rappers: Katy Perry stole our song

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Music | Christian rappers are finding major mainstream publicity this week after news broke that Christian rapper Flame is suing pop star Katy Perry for ripping off…

Sturgill Simpson’s ode to restlessness

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Music | Country musician Sturgill Simpson stands out from the herd in a number of ways—his interest in theoretical physics for one thing. How many country musicians…

Becoming free indeed

Becoming free indeed

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Faith & Inspiration | The Fourth of July is a great day to celebrate freedom—from the Redcoats, of course. But on this Independence Day I also celebrate freedom from delusion—a…

Propaganda bends the boundaries of Jesus PR

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Music | Christian rapper Propaganda is a multifaceted artist brimming with intellectual and musical diversity. He comes by it honestly—child of a Black Panther…

The Black Keys try a little too hard with new album

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Music | Whether consciously or unconsciously, The Black Keys’ latest album Turn Blue  alludes to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon  with its psychedelic…

Paradise disappears but love remains in Tedashii’s latest album

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Music | The front cover of Tedashii’s new album Below Paradise shows the rapper sitting in the dirt, looking meditatively into the distance as he leans back against…

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