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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…

Tinariwen’s Sahara Desert serenade

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Music | What do you get when you cross the music of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana with nomadic tribesmen from the Sahara desert? World music group Tinariwen…

All Sons & Daughters’ songs of desperation

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Music | Everything breathes freshness and authenticity in the new, self-titled album by acoustic-folk duo All Sons & Daughters. Leslie Jordan and David Leonard…

Ode to a harried, happy, homeschooling mom

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Family | My wife Cheryl is a homeschooling mom of eight children. Which means she can spit out state capitals and change a diaper faster than John Wayne could empty a…

Hippie icon David Crosby’s unexpectedly poignant comeback

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Music | The most amazing part of hippie icon David Crosby’s new solo album—his first in 20 years—is that it even exists at all. Who would have thought the…

NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest album earns its top-of-the charts billing

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Music | The band members of NEEDTOBREATHE may indeed have trouble breathing in the rare air they currently occupy. Their new album recently debuted at No. 1 on the…

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