“This is America”: Childish Gambino’s Warning to Evangelicals

So as we nod our heads, bounce our shoulders, and rap with Childish Gambino in “This is America,” we need not disregard the America he and many others perceive, nor dilute it down to sensationalized art.

A Perfect Circle: Elephants and End-Times

Keeping with the political tenor of the times, A Perfect Circle fearlessly brings religion into the fray once again.

Waiting for the Light to Come On: Scott Hutchison and Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchison didn’t believe in anything beyond this life, but when I talk about light that emanates from his songs, I call it spiritual. He saw a daunting, cold world and set about doing what he could to breathe warmth into it, to strive against his pride to love unselfishly, to rage against the idea that we must accept the earth in its broken state.

Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer and the Making of a New Tradition

With DAMN. and its accompanying Pulitzer, Kendrick Lamar has crossed a milestone, has set a precedent—has established a fresh tradition; hip-hop has entered a new phase.

At 30, The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa Still Hasn’t Grown Up

Surfer Rosa, the Pixies’ debut studio album, turned 30 this year, and it still doesn’t sound a day over 18.

Mercury & Lightning: John Mark McMillan’s Quiet Prophecy

It takes artists like McMillan to push us off our comfortable thrones.

3 Reasons Why Christians Can Appreciate Drake’s “God’s Plan” Video

Drake found it more necessary to flex how much he could give away rather than show off how much he can possess.

The Spiritual Topology of Sleep Well Beast

The National’s latest, Sleep Well Beast, affirms that if heartbreak is particular to our times and places, to our own networks of relationships, then grace must be as well.

Let Sufjan Stevens Help You Find Your “Christmas Unicorn”

Sufjan Stevens invites us to raise the mirror this Christmas and laugh to ourselves in all our absurdity: “I’m the Christmas unicorn . . . you’re the Christmas unicorn.”

Sigrid’s “Everybody Knows”

Though Sigrid’s version of “Everybody Knows” is incredibly morbid, it is only so because it is truthful.

What the Return of Pedro the Lion Means for David Bazan, Patron Saint of Skeptics and Doubters

Bazan is one of the few songwriters who reminds us that religion, as experienced in daily life, is a journey of faith.

A Worthy Experience: Beautiful Eulogy’s New Album

With the grungy kicks, straightforward lyrics, melodic choruses, and subtle inversions of various instruments, Worthy compiles a wonderful album experience.

The Dissect Podcast Fills a Gaping Hole in Music Criticism

Dissect reminds us that we need critics who help us engage with art more deeply.

Curse Your Listeners: Making Sense of Derek Webb’s Fingers Crossed

To an outsider looking in, Derek Webb’s latest feels more like an unintentional cautionary tale than a story that evokes sympathy.

All Things Work Together for Lecrae on His Newest Album

All Things Work Together is Lecrae’s most interesting album yet and contains some of his best creative work.

What White Christians Can Learn from Eminem’s Diss to the President

My white Christian brothers and sisters can learn how to fight injustice from Eminem’s performance.