Friday, October 28, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.

Jars of Clay 

Friday, October 28, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.

It's no surprise that intelligent design and Christian rock — à la Jars of Clay — are so popular with the same Lord-lovin' crowd. Both are trumpeted as more relevant than their secular counterparts by every Bible-beating asshole you meet. And, more important, both lose all credibility outside of the church, despite futile attempts by Bush and his mouth-breathing supporters to bring them into the mainstream. Nonetheless, props are in order for the members of the decade-old Jars of Clay, who have jumped the CCM hurdle by smooshing their messiah message into an unassuming, catchy alt-pop vehicle without drawing too much unnecessary attention to their cause. If not for good songwriting and memorable, guitar-driven acoustic rock, this Illinois quintet would still be a niche player rather than a household name. Then again, the Jars should also be forced to take responsibility for creating the holier-than-thou radio mentality that made Creed an international superstar.

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