Could J. Cole’s The Off-Season Just Be an “Okay” Album?

The Off-Season might just be an “okay” album for some J. Cole fans’ standards; but if we take into account its purpose as a work of art, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to categorize it as great.

Summer of Soul and the Reclamation of Modern Black History

Most of us have some knowledge of the Woodstock festival. But why don’t we know about the Harlem Cultural Festival, which was held at the same time?

The Disco Craze Started with a Lie and Ended with an Explosion

So now you had a nationwide craze over a genre of music that barely existed (having just broken off from Motown and R&B), based on a piece of long-form journalism that was entirely fictional and a movie made by people with no real connections to the original disco scene.

Following The Killers Down Glory Road

Leave it to a band from the city of bright lights and long odds to show us how to live out our points along history’s timeline.

Black History Month Roundup, 2021

These contributions are birthed from joy and lament, celebration and sadness, commemoration of the past and considerations of what can be in the future.

“Why Is Grace Now Civil Disobedience?” The Prophetic Politics of Five Iron Frenzy’s Until This Shakes Apart

Until This Shakes Apart collects Five Iron Frenzy’s most dynamic, urgent set of songs to date.

A Tale of Two Gigs (and Two Gospels)

Those who eschew a revisionist view of Scripture around the issue of sex will be viewed as the “do-badders” and no longer the “do-gooders.”

Music & Podcast Favorites of 2020 from CAPC Staff

Our team highlights their favorite music and podcasts from 2020 that managed to break through the dark days and deliver a bit of goodness.

Beethoven Broke My Arm: A Pandemic Tale

Perhaps it was inevitable that, back when I was looking forward to a summer of attending and reviewing performances of all nine symphonies, it was all about to crash and burn.

The Strokes in 2020: Excluding Impatience and Embracing The New Abnormal

Goodness takes time, so why not live with hopeful ambiguity instead of bitter snap judgement?

Mona Haydar Challenges Authoritarianism

As Mona Haydar makes clear, faith which worships human authority and depends on rules for other people is a form of godliness only, not the real thing.

Ray LaMontagne’s Imagination: A Timely Salve in a Troubled Season

Music like Ray LaMontagne’s can play a part in tuning our hearts to this holy grammar all around us.

Control of the Board: How The Queen’s Gambit and Hamilton Tell Our Stories

The female experience in life very frequently feels like that of a queen on a chessboard, especially when we get into traditionally male-dominated spaces.

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You: A Masterful Exploration of Faith, Death, and Life After Death

Springsteen’s Letter to You could only be written by someone who spent the better part of five decades trotting beside the mysterious practices of the Catholic Church

Let’s Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction

A brief survey of America’s flawed history reveals that during Reconstruction our government has attempted to position itself for greatness in terms of using its power to serve the lowliest in its caste system, formerly enslaved citizens.

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music

We’re not, it turns out, a civilization of rock gods and their devotees; we’re all connected, and we all depend on each other.