Back in 2012, when Rapzilla asked Christian hip-hop king Lecrae which artists were inspiring him, Swoope was one of the main artists mentioned.

“That album just slapped me, man” Lecrae said, referring to Swoope’s debut album, Wake Up. “This dude is raising the bar.”

To hear Swoope tell it, that was when he knew his hobby of rapping had the potential to turn into more. Read More

While many bands shy away from singing about controversial issues, The Last Internationale tackles them head on. Their form of “activist rock” urges listeners to fight their apathy and work toward justice.

The band’s guitarist, Edgey Pires, says the band always imagined themselves on a big stage, but they also want their music to make a difference. Read More

Gemini Club is a hybrid of sorts, heavily influenced by electronica but also committed to rock and roll. On stage, they strive for authenticity, choosing to play everything live.

“We want to be transparent,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Tom Gavin. “Computers aren’t a crutch. We use these computers to do things that are way cooler than if you didn’t have them.”

“We love rock music and we want that excitement on stage,” adds drummer Ryan Luciani. “We totally embrace that live aspect. We’re a rock band through and through, in that sense.” Read More

Q&A: Sleeping At Last

Ryan O'Neal on his 'Atlas' project, creativity and faith Read More

This week we talk to one of the most prolific songwriters and worship leaders of our day, Chris Tomlin (and you won’t believe some of the questions we ask him). We also talk to author and theologian, Peter Enns about his new book, “The Bible Tells Me So,” and we relive some classic church lock-in memories. Read More

U2's bombastic, free Songs of Innocence release is the sort of thing that sort of forces you to have an opinion (the album was forced onto your hard drive, so, why not?). Some people saw it as the way of the future. Some people saw it as a grand gesture from a big band. Some people felt like the music was, well, forced on them. And then there's Black Keys drummer and noted Belieber archfoe Patrick Carney, who says the giveaway hurt U2's reputation. Apple's delivery method, "devalued their music completely," Carney told The Seattle Times, and said the deal "sends a huge mixed message to bands… that are just struggling to get by. I think that [U2] were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that."

Carney's opinion isn't so different from Bono's, who recently told Rolling Stone that "I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing: [a] drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it" ... Discuss