Ann Powers

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World Cafe Nashville: Willie Watson

Thursday, November 16, 2017

As a founder of Old Crow Medicine Show and now in a solo career, he feels his way through America's musical history by sliding an old bottleneck against the strings of his acoustic guitar.

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Songs We Love: Brandi Carlile, 'The Joke'

Monday, November 13, 2017

The country-rock aria, from Carlile's new album, is dedicated to the delicate boys and striving girls born into – and, she insists, destined to triumph over – a divisive time.

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The Old Taylor's Not Dead

Friday, November 10, 2017

On her new album, Reputation, Taylor Swift continues to chronicle the links between romance, revenge and her own personal sense of justice, but also confronts how she may be trapped by her own image.

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Songs We Love: Sad Baxter, 'Baby'

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Deezy Violet writes punk testimonies to the complexity of love and youth and life in general.

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Labor Day: The Future of Car Safety, 50 Years of Unions, Raising the Minimum Wage, Moving for Work, Women of Pop

Monday, September 04, 2017

A look at American workers through various lenses, a discussion about car safety innovations since so many people are in their cars today, and the most notable women of pop music.

How Pop Music Influences Americans

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NPR Music Critic Ann Powers talks about the ways popular music has helped to shape Americans' beliefs and abilities to express emotions. 

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Singing Our Lives: When Pop Stars Are Super-Heroines

Friday, August 04, 2017

A discussion about our list of The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women turns on the question of why it's so powerful to see a bit of yourself reflected in your favorite musicians.

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A New Canon of Pop Music Featuring All Women

Friday, July 28, 2017

Find out who made it on to NPR's list of 150 best albums in popular music and why its comprised of all women artists.

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First Listen: Tyler Childers, 'Purgatory'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The rising Americana star's new album was produced by Sturgill Simpson.

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World Cafe Nashville: Midland

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Based in Austin, this harmony-based group melds the whiskey-soaked spirit of the barroom with the country-rock of Gram Parsons and the Eagles.

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A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why make a list of the greatest albums by women? To start a new conversation, where musicians who have too long been marginalized are now at the center.

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Encore Week: Father John Misty, Alison Krauss, David Crosby And More

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hear five World Cafe sessions from the last few months that are worth a second listen.

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World Cafe Nashville: Sun Seeker

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Inspired by The Band and Pavement alike, Sun Seeker's music is a unique blend of Southern whimsy and fuzzy, melodic rock. Hear a live performance.

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Songs We Love: Republican Hair, 'Miss Prince'

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

With its infectious synth lines, Southern drawl and sly message, "Miss Prince" shows what's special about Republican Hair, a band unlike any other in Nashville today.

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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Has A New Band: Bermuda Triangle

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The new group, which also features Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari, will make its live debut July 12 in Nashville.

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World Cafe Nashville: Daddy Issues

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Formed out of friendship, the trio blends a love of noise with powerful melodicism and a knack for capturing the ups and downs of millennial life.

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World Cafe Nashville: The CMA Fest Experience

Monday, June 19, 2017

The annual festival is a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite country stars — and to discover new artists. Ann Powers and Jewly Hight report back from this year's event.

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Things Are Good: Shania Twain Announces Her First Album In 15 Years With A New Single

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Maybe contemporary country music will make sense again, now that Shania Twain is back to set the record straight.

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Songs We Love: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, 'Not Dark Yet'

Thursday, June 15, 2017

For years the sisters have promised to collaborate on a full-length release; finally, it's happened, and Dylan is one of the lucky beneficiaries of their attention.

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World Cafe Nashville: Rhiannon Giddens

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The singer, fiddler and banjo player performs songs from Freedom Highway, which she wrote to tell the stories of victims of racialized violence throughout American history.

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