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Ann Powers

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First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae's first single, "Girl In A Country Song," cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.

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First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Voyager's clever (but never too-clever) sound builds an open structure within which Lewis can explore her current fascination: the weight of full adulthood, and its paradoxical precariousness.

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First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

"The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain.

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The Hits Of Yesterday And Today

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Many of today's biggest radio hits came out months — even years — ago. That extended lifespan can change your relationship with a song, but it's not always a matter of overexposure.

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He'll Be There For You

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On his new album, X, rising singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran turns the at times troubling idea of the "friend zone" into something safe and sustaining.

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First Listen: Jim Lauderdale, 'I'm A Song'

Sunday, June 22, 2014

On his new country album, the roots-music veteran still touches nerves, carefully but firmly. Lauderdale continually shows that the trappings surrounding a song are only as meaningful as its core.

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A Gentle Buzz At The CMA Music Festival

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Five days of organized excitement in Nashville have their origins in a fan event, which makes for a more welcoming atmosphere than most American festivals — and no hierarchy of cool.

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First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers'

Friday, June 06, 2014

On Nelson's first album of mostly original material in 18 years, he paints a self-portrait of a long, up-and-down life — specifically the life of an artist.

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Miranda Lambert's 'Priscilla,' An Ode To 'Being Queen Of A King'

Monday, June 02, 2014

The chart-topping singer talks about fame, what country means to her and being "married to a man who's married to attention," in the words of "Priscilla," a song from her new album.

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First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The soul singer keeps reinventing others' songs and himself. James' new album is more direct than his earlier material in some ways, and more experimental in others, but grounded in a soulful groove.

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First Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Comet, Come To Me'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The iconoclastic singer's 11th album is the sort of rich work that keeps changing inside the listener's head — an often-quiet set of songs with intense staying power.

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First Listen: Joe Henry, 'Invisible Hour'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Henry's new album examines the complexities of commitment, coupling gloom with streaming daylight and gilding his saddest observations with joy and awe.

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First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On its second album, the band is intense enough to refresh the Southern-rock legacy it's joined. Throughout Dereconstructed, its members examine the fight to claim a home that can drive you crazy.

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Why Tori Amos Connects

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.

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Parents Draw The Line On Teen Relationships And Social Media

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teen performer Willow Smith's mom says the Instagram photo of her daughter laying in bed with an older shirtless man is no big deal. But some say it's creepy. Tell Me More's parenting panel weighs in.

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Song Premiere: Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens, 'Sinner'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

50 years after she moved from Alabama to New York, Naomi Shelton is about to release her second album. On "Sinner," she infuses a gospel confessional with grit, soul and groove.

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Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

After nearly 30 years, 20 albums and countless concerts, the acclaimed vocal ensemble has announced the 2015-16 season will be its last. Hear a preview of the group's forthcoming album love fail.

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Is It Worth It To Work It?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen and Sky Ferreira may not have much in common as musicians, but all three have recently drawn fire for appropriating masculine African-American imagery.

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Hear Four Musicians Talk About What Moves Them

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sharon Jones, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegeocello and Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra shared struggles and successes in a joint interview at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.

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First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The band, known for its glorious guitar noise, opts for a synthesizer-driven sound.

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