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Re: “Christian punks MxPx wrestle with doubt — and greatness

Very familiar story ... kids grow up in a Christian environment, they don't have a personal relationship with Jesus and they walk away from the culture as they "mature." Going to a church and having Christian parents does not replace the need for an individual's own personal encounter with Jesus.

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Posted by Mark Rowan on 09/03/2013 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Christian punks MxPx wrestle with doubt — and greatness

That is a perfectly good way to take scripture out of context

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Posted by lehnert5 on 07/01/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Christian punks MxPx wrestle with doubt — and greatness

A personal encounter... not necessarily that you see Jesus in person, but that the Holy Spirit absolutely convinces you that Jesus is real, you are a sinner, and Jesus died for your sins and rose again; and you in your heart truly confess and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When the Holy Spirit comes to love inside of you, that is when you have truly become a Christian. And regardless of people's doubts or objections, Jesus is capable of convincing someone of who He is. Are you willing to let Him?

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Posted by Servant on 03/22/2014 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Misappropriating Native American culture is not entertainment

I'm half Native American, and this article reflects a strongly held belief within the Native community. Anyone who participates or promotes this kind of behavior is either ignorant (in the traditional sense of "not knowing") or simply doesn't care. And it is incredibly easy to do since Native Americans are an extremely small minority that has at best limited interactions with the rest of our society. Being marginalized in such a way makes what would be considered racist against practically any other group as something benign. I dare anyone to find an actual Native person and ask them how they feel about you hopping around in a fake headdress and faux deer skins. I'm sure they would simply love it. We don't paint our faces black and strum a banjo while singing Jim Crow songs anymore, we don't depict Asians as bucktooth, slant eyed gremlins anymore, but no one sees any hard in doing this whatsoever. It's a shame and a disgrace that this happens in the 21st Century.

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Posted by honestopinion83 on 05/22/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Can Delta Rae handle the truth?

Delta Rae is a lie? Wow. I am guessing this Jordan couldn't carry a tune in a bucket if his/her (who the fuck cares) life depended on it. Any idiot with ears can tell these 6 individuals are talented and will go far. Get out of NC and see the world ya moron

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Posted by jordanlawrencesucks on 03/08/2013 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Can Delta Rae handle the truth?

"This is a band that wants you to think it's pursuing combinations that are both daring and unique when it's really just rehashing the same inoffensive drivel, hoping you'll feel intelligent for liking something that aspires to unite the past and present."

When Delta Rae does it, they're copy cats. When Chapel Hill no-names do it, they're sophisticated and subtle:

"They are a very sophisticated and subtle band hiding their involved machinations behind pop music meant to sound, once again, elegant and elementary."

This is what modern music journalism is about, folks: social stratification. Both quotes refer to arguments of intent, which are of course based on assumptions the author makes. You're not reading this to know what Delta Rae sounds like (you're not missing anything, trust me) -- you're reading this as a means of social division.

It's very convenient to hide these sorts of arguments in vague terms related to subjective listening of music. But it doesn't change the fact that time and time again, these sorts of publications hate on the popular and vouch for the underdog. You may say, 'but this band deserves the attention!' or 'this band's attention is undeserved!' Both have an underlying social agenda that is not journalistic, but promotional.

And that's why this shit is garbage/music journalism is a joke/etc etc

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Posted by suborn on 03/07/2013 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Shut the Fuck Up, Cake is in town and already sold out?! - Tonight @ Amos' Southend

Public posting using the "F" word... Really?! You guys need to review your online submissions better!

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Posted by LkNmn on 12/02/2011 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Misappropriating Native American culture is not entertainment

Excellent article Desiree, and I'm sorry to see that some people are completely missing the point

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Posted by Michael Harmon on 05/22/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Shut the Fuck Up, Cake is in town and already sold out?! - Tonight @ Amos' Southend

CL doesn't need to be on my ATT home page with language like that!

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Posted by ol ' scrappy on 12/02/2011 at 6:39 PM

Re: “R&B group Shai looks back at 20 years

I loved SHAI just the way they were! I enjoyed all of their songs and man did those high notes give me chills. I'm proud of the fact that these four young men were from Howard University, but wish they were intelligent enough to share GOD's gift that was obviously given to them all, instead of thinking that one or two of them was better than the others. If it ain't broke don't try to fix it. I pray that all of you are doing well.

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Posted by Royal Pisces73 on 07/18/2014 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Can Delta Rae handle the truth?

Can Jordan Lawrence handle the truth?? You're a lousy writer, penning an article I've had to read three times to get some kind of grip on. The only clear thing is this - you are one of the VERY few "critics" who hasn't fallen in love with this band. You obviously are about nothing more than shock value by criticizing that which you don't feel "daring" enough for us poor souls with pitiful musical tastes. Perhaps you're a bit jealous that a talented band is making the national scene after just three years of crafting their art, while after the same amount of experience, you sit writing freelance articles for a few independent rags and a music magazine no one has ever heard of.

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Posted by David Gladstone on 03/13/2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Can Delta Rae handle the truth?

Forget the content of this article in general, this is poor writing. This sounds like a college compare and contrast essay for Music Journalism 101. I hope your other articles are more captivating, researched, and less repetitive. As a fellow Tarheel I would only hope that this is the case. Total Snoozefest dude. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Posted by MJ on 03/09/2013 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Shut the Fuck Up, Cake is in town and already sold out?! - Tonight @ Amos' Southend

I cannot believe that I opened my home page to such language. I am emailing CL now.

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Posted by None on 12/02/2011 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Shut the Fuck Up, Cake is in town and already sold out?! - Tonight @ Amos' Southend

Have some class, only simpletons with small vocabularies use the F word as an adjective

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Posted by Joe Ingram on 12/02/2011 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Christian punks MxPx wrestle with doubt — and greatness

That scripture about hating your family in no means you abandon and abhor them; jesus spoke in parables and metaphorically, and the deeper meaning here is that jesus wants to be most important (number 1) in your life. Once you find him, all other relationships fail in comparison.

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Posted by Christopher J. Burner on 08/21/2014 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Can Delta Rae handle the truth?

Seems to me you are a little crass in your description of Delta Rae. Do they (some of which) being graduates of Duke University and you having graduated from UNC (arch collegiate rivals) contribute to your harsh criticism of them? Just saying, everyone's entitled to their opinion but in my opinion you suck, Jordan Lawrence !!!!

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Posted by David Schreffler III on 03/09/2013 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Misappropriating Native American culture is not entertainment

It's sad people are missing the point. Some people such as Jackie Meyers are being racist in their comments, even. "hi ya ya ya ya" & rain dances? Really? That's just screwed up.

I am of Native American decent. My grandfather grew up on a reservation and my great grandfather was a victim of what would now be called a "hate crime" when he was murdered by white men and dropped on the doorstep of his home for the kids to find him in the morning. The ignorance towards the hatred and marginalization of the Native American culture is baffling.

Just because our costumes are fun and according to mainstream culture we are a peaceful race doesn't mean that you get the right to use these things for fun. This is how it becomes mockery. People may mean well but that doesn't make them right.

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Posted by Jenny Lou Bement on 05/22/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Misappropriating Native American culture is not entertainment

@ Jay Tilyard I find it very hard to believe that anyone who identifies strongly as a Native American would've had "no idea" this would be offensive. and comparing head dresses to grass skirts only solidifies that you're ignorant (as in, lacking knowledge) about native culture & traditions. It's not your fault, it's not like it's widely taught, but maybe you could read up on it before you comment. There is google.

I read the phrase "creative expression" a lot in this article. If you have to steal your party ideas from the centuries-old traditions of a marginalized people, it's kind of a stretch to call your expression "creative," no?

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Posted by Erin Tracy-Blackwood on 05/22/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Misappropriating Native American culture is not entertainment

If the promoter of this event truly regrets the implications of his branding, as he implied in the article, I would challenge him to donate a percentage of his profits from tomorrow night to a Native American charity. This is a good place to start:

If the Chaotic Cupcakes truly "promote love and happiness everywhere they go," as Jackie Meyers said above, I would challenge them to visit a reservation and spend some time with the women there. Spread some joy, maybe develop a new perspective - one that clarifies the difference between a living race of people and the fictitious "living dead."

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Posted by Erin Tracy-Blackwood on 05/22/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Shut the Fuck Up, Cake is in town and already sold out?! - Tonight @ Amos' Southend

SERIOUSLY!!! The F word ...just out there? Who chose this crap?

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Posted by jgribb on 12/02/2011 at 9:34 PM

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