Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


Songs We Love: Sara Watkins, 'Move Me'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Best known for her work with Nickel Creek, Watkins explores a pop palette in her solo career. In "Move Me," she tugs zealously at a lyrical trope, giving it new life and meaning.


First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

For Simpson's first album since his 2014 breakthrough, the inventive country singer crafts a highly personal song cycle about order and insubordination.


Gay Glam Comes To HBO

Monday, April 04, 2016

Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?


Songs We Love: Zayn, 'BeFoUr'

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lit by flashbulbs since he was 17, the latest solo song by the former member of One Direction reflects an uncertain and overwhelmed story that runs through so much millennial pop.


Songs We Love: Robert Ellis, 'Drivin'

Friday, March 25, 2016

A break up song from the Houston songwriter's brilliant new album that describes those lost moments between saying goodbye and actually leaving.


Hustle Is A Political Act: Michelle Obama's SXSW Keynote Shifted The Spotlight

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The event, centered around an initiative to educate girls and young women, reflected a reality in which hip-hop's influence is acknowledged and women are central to the conversation.


First Listen: Dave Cobb's 'Southern Family' Compilation

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The producer and guitarist presides over a graceful concept album in which some of country and Americana's biggest stars reflect on home.