I went through a time when I only listened to Christian Music. I was convinced that it made me a better person. Well, I listened to mostly Christian music. I would also listen to the Classic Rock station with my Dad in his Jeep Cherokee (It would become my Jeep). But, overall I only listened to Newsboys, DC Talk, Jars of Clay and a host of other forgettable bands. I went to the concerts and participated in the culture. It was not till much later that I realized there is much better music out there. Once I figured this out, I haven’t looked back.
I know some of you may say, “Jars of Clay’s first album is great!” or ”The bands making the best punk rock and Hardcore are Christians.” Yes, fine. But, no one off of Gotee Records is doing anything close The Black Keys.
Anyway, SLATE has compiled some great long-form articles on Christian Music. It’s a mix of interviews with people like David Bazan and proper journalism on Bob Dylan and his “Christian” phase. Check them out if you need some tuesday reading.