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Ann Powers

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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 โ€” 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 โ€” 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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God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country music and you'll hear plenty of surprises, including twists on every element of modern country's church-trucks-and-beer trinity.

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Why We Fight About Pop Music

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.

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First Listen: Ben Watt, 'Hendra'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

With his first solo album in 31 years, the former member of Everything But The Girl has returned to highly cultured, intimate songcraft.

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First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The band's first album in 16 years still showcases the voice and vision of a solitary, brilliant man in a constant tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.

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Make Peace With Pop: 6 Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With Everyone

Friday, April 04, 2014

Recently, some writers have argued that music criticism is unhealthily obsessed with pop. The problem with that argument: So are musicians in every other genre.

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First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities. It creates a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float.

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First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

One-time bluegrass prodigies reunite with an album that plays to each musician's strengths. As always, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile balance their virtuosity with joyfulness and spunk.

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