Ann Powers appears in the following:
Thursday, March 23, 2017
By day, this Nashville transplant is a music therapist; by night, she's a soul singer with a compassionate, uplifting voice.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Chuck Berry's life story includes serious mistreatment of women, but fully reckoning with his legacy means also acknowledging the women and girls who made his groundbreaking rock and roll possible.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Cousins becomes of part of the vast, rocky coastline of Nova Scotia in an exquisite black and white video for the songwriter's meditation on loss and loneliness.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Hear a session with the walking, talking, singing, guitar-slinging repository of American popular music in advance of his new album, Way Out West.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
On her new album, Alynda Segarra embeds the rhythms of the Latinx diaspora to explore the saga of a people displaced through exile, segregation and gentrification.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Music City is home to a growing community of immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, including this Syrian father-and-son duo.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Alex Caress' band makes classic country music with a sassy and subtly political twist.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Krauss discusses her latest solo album, Windy City, and what she's learned about collaboration in the years since her last recording project.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
In her new work, the Carolina Chocolate Drops vocalist speaks for the truly silenced: slaves; those murdered during the civil rights movement; young men felled by police bullets in city streets today.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Adele's attempt to share her album of the year Grammy with Beyoncé on Sunday was a gesture that held within it a history of privilege and power that listeners and institutions alike reckon with.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Now that his catalog has come to streaming services, we've created four playlists to highlight the fundamentals of the Prince ideology.
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Wu-Force's Wu Fei, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch borrow a motif from Pixies' "Where Is My Mind" to soundtrack an inventive video for "Paper Lanterns."
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Krauss' first solo album since 1999 shows off her intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime performance was possibly progressive, definitely patriotic and ultimately open-ended. Gaga played to the masses, and left the messages mixed.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
On the lead single and video from Canyons Of My Mind, Combs connects the environmentalist folk-pop of Don McLean with the dystopian mood-setting of Radiohead.
Monday, January 23, 2017
The first single from the country singer's new album is a condemnation of one man's irresponsible habits — yet one that still retains compassion for him and the women who survive in his wake.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Country music luminary Jessi Colter has only released one album since the 2002 passing of her husband, Waylon Jennings. Now she's back with a moving labor of love called The Psalms.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
The country songwriter's debut album is a labor of love — and a deeply insightful compendium of the stories we tell ourselves in order to preserve it.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
In a year of stunning loss, music fans found new opportunities to create virtual communities, continuing conversations their departed icons started.
Monday, December 26, 2016
NPR music critic Ann Powers says George Michael was sometimes dismissed as a cotton-candy pop music songwriter but you might not know he had a radical impact on the genre.