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Christian movie theme song’s Oscar nod befuddles Hollywood elite

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Movies | Mainstream media outlets erupted in confusion and indignation Thursday over a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Song. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the theme…

Anti-royal Lorde becomes pop’s newest princess

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Music | Pop music’s latest phenom, 17-year-old New Zealand native Lorde, seems to have come out of nowhere and swept over North America like a tsunami. Riding a…

Sara Bareilles seeks light in the limelight

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Music | When singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles found out that her new album was nominated for Album of the Year in this year’s Grammy Awards, Bareilles simply “ran…

Out with the old, in with the new at the Grammy’s

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Music | The ringing in of the New Year also signals the beginning of the 2014 awards season, including music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards, airing Jan.

Jazz band finds new life in post-Katrina New Orleans

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Music | When Alan and Sandra Jaffe rolled into New Orleans in 1961, Jim Crow laws were still in effect and an African-American musician was “on the same level as a…

Bush gets in the crossfire of traditional and Messianic Jews

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Religion | Last month, 1,200 Jewish leaders “rose to their feet and applauded enthusiastically” for former President George W. Bush as he addressed the Conference of…

Another beautiful mouth to feed

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Family | It’s official: Koch baby No. 8 is coming soon to a hospital near you. Glad though the tidings be, I’m sorry to say the news almost finished off my dear…

Progressive rock music unites political enemies

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Music | Two hardened political partisans have finally come to full agreement—as long as they stick solely to the topic of music, specifically the music of 1970s…

Morals mixed at CMAs

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Music | The 2013 Country Music Awards, celebrating a conservative subsection of music, served up a blend of values and ideas. On one end, it mocked Obamacare and the…

Christian rock band Skillet's Rise to mainstream acclaim

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Music | The new Skillet album Rise includes plenty of head-banging power chords and crashing waves of sound. And with a title track featuring guttural screams to “Rise…

Jack Johnson whistles away sin but extols family values

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Music | Jack Johnson’s new album, From Here To Now To You, opens with whistling so carefree listeners can practically see him strolling down a Hawaiian beach and…

The Last Bison: Folk, bluegrass, and classical fusion

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Music | Ben Hardesty, lead singer for The Last Bison, can’t remember a time when using goat toenails as an instrument seemed strange to him. Credit this to five…

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