There's been a rip-roaring debate raging through the religious world for years over the role of Christian rock. Although some hard-liners feel it's the devil's music and has no place in the Lord's house of worship, more moderate (and less fundamentalist) types feel it's just another avenue for paying tribute to Yahweh.
We tend to agree with the latter camp, if for no other reason than we're certain that the Deity who created Jimi Hendrix would approve of a few three-chord hosannahs thrown his way by the likes of Disciple or Thousand Foot Krutch.
Both bands will be in attendance at next weekend's hellaciously holy Rage Music Festival at Castles 'n' Coasters near Metrocenter. More than two dozen Christian-rock outfits will perform in raucous reverence for the Almighty, including The Letter Black, Spoken, Sent by Ravens, and others.
The worship wingding takes place on Saturday, January 15, and Sunday, January 16. Hit up this site for complete details.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.