Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

First Listen: Maddie & Tae, 'Start Here'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With a sound rooted in rich vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, the young country-pop duo explores a sense of living in between childhood and the next thing.


Songs We Love: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'E.N.S.A.A.T.' (East Nashville Song About A Train)

Friday, August 14, 2015

A New York-to-Music City transplant presents a biting critique of the Americana music business.


Songs We Love: Bottle Rockets, 'Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The St. Louis roots-rock vets return with another heartland epic to help you get through real life.


First Listen: Grace Potter, 'Midnight'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On the singer's new album, a departure from the rootsy sounds of her albums with the Nocturnals, pop-rock music gets a real kick in its cherry-red pants.


Dolly In Nashville: Authenticity That Makes Room For Rhinestones

Monday, August 03, 2015

At her first headlining shows in Nashville in a dozen years, Parton turned the Ryman Auditorium into the Church of Dolly.


Watch Low-Key Country Supergroup Traveller's Charming Video For 'Western Movies'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In a single take, standing in front of a red van in a gravel lot, Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz and Cory Chisel offer up an ode to the solitary pleasure and romance of cowboy flicks.


'I Love The Truth': Ashley Monroe In Conversation

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The singer and songwriter, whose The Blade is one of the most acclaimed country albums of the year, talks to NPR's Ann Powers about genre expectations, famous collaborators and country radio.


Watch Ashley Monroe Perform Live In Concert

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Watch Ashley Monroe play songs from her new, breakthrough album, The Blade, live at WNYC in New York.


Songs We Love: Lizz Wright, 'River Man'

Monday, July 27, 2015

Covering the elusive Nick Drake is rarely successful, but Lizz Wright's smooth, trumpet-accented version of "River Man" has the right kind of self-possession.


Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Monday, July 27, 2015

The 35-track It's Great To Be Alive!, recorded over three nights last year at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, will be out October 30. Hear the album's version of "Birthday Boy" now.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


Watch Jenny Hval's Dreamlike, Experimental Video For 'Sabbath'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pulling from both pop and academic sources for her challenging, visceral, "soft" rock, Jenny Hval's music is an illustration of an interior world that leaks into and is pressed upon by the larger one.


The Cruel Truth About Rock And Roll

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recent allegations that one of The Runaways was raped by the band's manager remind us that sexual exploitation is part of rock's foundation — and challenge the very idea that it is worth loving.


Songs We Love: Promised Land Sound, 'She Takes Me There'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

With a sound that's at once more focused and wider-ranging than on its first album, Promised Land Sound shows why psychedelia is always a great aesthetic to revive.


First Listen: Alan Jackson, 'Angels And Alcohol'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Though it's sure to attract accolades like "pure" and "classic," the country star's 15th album never seems mired in the past.


Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Films about music — including documentaries about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain — tend to focus on everything surrounding the ineffable art without delving deeply into its core.


The Key To Kacey Musgraves' Hard-Won Country: Funny Women

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The witty musician sits in a sweet spot where her charm and humor attract traditional country die-hards and pop fans alike. Ann Powers explores other women in country who paved the path.


First Listen: Anderson East, 'Delilah'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Athens, Ala., native's pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts are a perfect fit within the classic soul settings he creates with producer Dave Cobb.


Striking Matches, 'Nothing But The Silence'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The title track from the alluring Nashville duo's debut album could represent the love song of a dented heart — or the struggle to ignite a shared creative muse.


First Watch: Shovels & Rope, 'Mary Ann & One Eyed Dan'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In a story told with the help of dolls and circus characters, Americana's beloved ruffian couple reminds us to love each other's ripped patches and lumps.