Arts & Leisure

Steve Taylor’s new Goliath

Phrases like “renaissance man” and “quadruple threat” might seem a tad hyperbolic in reference to a largely unknown pop artist, but when a songwriter, record producer, filmmaker and showman like Steve Taylor emerges from two decades of relative musical silence with one of the most interesting rock records of the…  [more]

Lecrae’s triumphant Anomaly

Much is being made of the commercial success of Lecrae’s Anomaly – as well it should. But beyond the thrill of seeing a thoughtful, artistically adventurous and Gospel-framed artist atop the Billboard charts, Lecrae’s eighth album offers a new generation of artists a fresh template for how they might simultaneously…  [more]

Salvaging sacred music in Syria

As the horrifying actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) reached mainstream consciousness last month, I found myself driving my car angry and unsettled. The gravity of this situation defied my capacity for understanding. Then the NPR station I had on played some modern-day Syrian men…  [more]

U2’s Songs of Innocence: more than corporate noise?

U2 has provided a musical and spiritual environment for me - and millions of people like me – in which to process global, political, interpersonal, emotional, ethical and theological issues together, in an aesthetic way. They’ve been so much more than just another rock band. Against all odds and inspired…  [more]

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