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Ann Powers

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Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.

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In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album explicitly connected feminism to sexual confidence; it cast a long shadow over the female-led pop singles that dominated Top 40 this year.

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The Political Folk Song Of The Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A brand new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Body Electric," which questions the long history of the murder ballad and gender-based violence, brings the song's activism to searing life.

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Ann Powers' Top 15 Albums Of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NPR Music's pop critic, Ann Powers, says each of her favorite albums of 2014 gave her new tools to cope with and learn from the world around her, even as that world crashed in from outside.

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First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

They might seem dusty, almost mystical or supernatural, but the vibrant songs on this three-disc set come from a a golden age of gospel that set the path for rock and roll.

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Lead Belly, 'I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over'

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Smithsonian opens its archives and shares a comprehensive collection of previously unheard recordings by blues legend Lead Belly.

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Nora Jane Struthers, 'The Same Road'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"The Same Road" is the first offering from Nora Jane Struthers' next album, and shows off her band's propulsive new direction. Rooted in bluegrass, Struthers is a serious woman with a light heart.

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TV On The Radio And The Paradox Of The Midcareer Band

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Past the hype of the newcomer, not yet granted the deference of veterans, the allure of a band making a go of it in the murky middle may be subtle, but it can still be potent.

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Houndmouth, 'For No One'

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Indiana band will release its second album in 2015. This early sample is a striking, vibrating, epic folk ballad with almost surreal imagery and a story line that twists in odd directions.

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Wild Moccasins, 'Eye Makeup'

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The new video for "Eye Makeup" honors the wigged-out, sequin-flashing drag goddesses who helped the punk and New Wave scenes tear apart fundamental ideas of identity and power.

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First Listen: Marianne Faithfull, 'Give My Love To London'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

There's fire in the rock 'n' roll survivor's delivery, and it's redemptive. Twenty albums in, Faithfull can still spin the kind of tale that silences a room, then fills it with something unexpected.

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The Many New Voices Of Taylor Swift

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Swift has received accolades and damnation mostly for her image or the messages she supposedly sends, which must be irritating for a musician so clearly devoted to perfecting her techniques.

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Wade Bowen, 'Long Enough To Be A Memory'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Texas singer-songwriter revives the country archetype of the drifter in this reflective, gentle song about being in between homes.

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Fly Golden Eagle: 'Stepping Stone'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One of Nashville's most dynamic young rock bands tears it up, with help from a crew wearing hazmat suits. It may seem like a commentary on virus-panic. But it's just better living through psychedelia.

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Are These The Next Crossover Country Stars?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now that Taylor Swift has left Nashville behind, a handful of other up-and-coming stars are showing how country crosses over with other genres — and hoping for success that does the same.

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The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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Hear Two Songs From Duncan Sheik's Next Album

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Legerdemain, out next April, will be the first album of original songs from the pop songwriter and Broadway composer since 2009, and you can download two songs from it here.

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Steelism, 'Marfa Lights'

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The instrumental group Steelism playfully blends vintage styles. It gets a perfect visual accompaniment with a parody of old British educational science videos in its video for "Marfa Lights."

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First Listen: Neil Diamond, 'Melody Road'

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On his new album, the singer returns to grand arrangements that support his pungent wit and unwavering emotionalism. It's a warm and spirited outing throughout.

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The Dream Of Ridiculous Men

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

For four decades, U2 has delivered huge rock songs and taken shots for being too serious. The band's new album, Songs of Innocence, provides a key to its long search for universal significance.

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