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Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

First Listen: Lori McKenna, 'The Bird & The Rifle'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Working with a band of unassumingly outstanding Nashville session players, McKenna finds a balance between literary subtlety and rock 'n' roll swagger.

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Songs We Love: Brent Cobb, 'Solving Problems'

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Nashville songwriter's smoke-stained voice conveys calm insight, his words capturing the creative process with no excess romanticism.

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First Listen: The Julie Ruin, 'Hit Reset'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

After stints in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna still finds new ways to rage and inspire. On her new album at the helm of The Julie Ruin, she transforms anger into a source of power and fun.

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Nashville Sessions: Brent Cobb

Monday, June 27, 2016

The man whose songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and more is now emerging as a crucial voice on his own.

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Songs We Love: Lori McKenna, 'The Bird & The Rifle'

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The singer-songwriter turns a joke from the sitcom Modern Family into something profound with a slow-building ballad.

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Songs We Love: Drive-By Truckers, 'Surrender Under Protest'

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The band fully enters the present political moment with a mighty song inspired by civil rights activists' campaign to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.

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Fans, Family And The Freakin' Weekend: What's Next In Nashville

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ann Powers and Jewly Hight, NPR Music's team in Nashville, dive deep into the country music industry's biggest annual party and report back on what's in store for the genre in the coming year.

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Nashville Sessions: Tomi Lunsford

Monday, June 20, 2016

For every insurgent new country star, Nashville boasts a dozen musicians who've perfected their art over many years. Hear a session with one such exceptional, undersung talent.

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I Was Born On The Dance Floor: A Playlist For Pulse

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The mourning process reminds those who love to dance together that to gather on a dance floor is to open one's arms to life. We asked 11 writers to share the club song that changed their lives.

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Nashville Sessions: Thelma And The Sleaze

Monday, June 13, 2016

After doing everything from punk karaoke to slinging tacos, Lauren Gilbert now leads one of Music City's wildest live acts.

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Songs We Love: John Paul White, 'The Martyr'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The Alabama singer's first solo album in nearly a decade, combines folk intimacy, rock heft and country twang. White says he fought against the songs on Beulah, out Aug. 19, until they poured out.

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Nashville Sessions: Kelsey Waldon

Monday, June 06, 2016

Waldon has become a key player in the East Nashville music community by penning songs that capture the heartland through twentysomething eyes.

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First Listen: Brandy Clark, 'Big Day In A Small Town'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The country singer-songwriter's second album boasts a big sound. But it keeps beautiful details intact, as Clark speaks for those often pushed aside within traditional storytelling narratives.

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First Listen: Robert Ellis, 'Robert Ellis'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

On his fourth solo album, the Americana singer-songwriter considers the tilted fulcrum of a dissolving marriage in order to confront the allure and the cost of restlessness.

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Songs We Love: James Blake, 'I Need A Forest Fire (Feat. Bon Iver)'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On a quietly violent new collaboration, the duo confronts their own debt to the soul of gospel music while acknowledging their inevitable distance from it.

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First Listen: Corinne Bailey Rae, 'The Heart Speaks In Whispers'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

On Rae's third album, the singer-songwriter's fleshed-out jams and delicate, jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take.

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Songs We Love: Esmé Patterson, 'No River'

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Patterson casts light on the assumption people make about a woman: that she's inexhaustibly strong, yet mysteriously dangerous. "I'm human, I'm human," she reminds us.

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Hear 'Burn The Witch,' A New Radiohead Song

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

After several days of strange messages and teases, Radiohead has finally released a new song. Called "Burn The Witch," it arrives via a claymation video with echoes of a cult-classic horror film.

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'We Don't Have Anything To Lose': A Lexicon Of Anohni's 'Hopelessness'

Monday, May 02, 2016

The music of the singer Anohni, who was previously known as Antony Hegarty, has long explored identity. On her new album Hopelessness, she turns self-examination into explicit, unsparing activism.

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Listen To My Body Tonight: How Prince's Transgressive Spirit Broke Boundaries

Friday, April 22, 2016

In the nearly four decades of music Prince made, propriety and prejudice were regularly vanquished by good humor and elegant lust.

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