Hope for Henry Higgins: My Fair Lady in the #MeToo Era

In the #MeToo era, an ending like that in My Fair Lady could give us all hope that people can change—something we desperately need to remember.

Lecrae x Zaytoven: Let the Trap Say Amen

But it’s not just talk and rapping; Lecrae uses his talents to aim at the hearts of men, even when people don’t understand his message.

Pink’s ‘What about Us’ and the Cultural Cry for Honesty

Pink’s “What about Us” at its heart is a call for action; specifically, it’s a call for honesty.

“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.