Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

Spirit Family Reunion's Unbroken Circle

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

These Brooklyn-based musicians have called what they do "open-door gospel." Watch a video for their latest single, which could be a manifesto for any spiritually healthy person.


First Listen: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brittany Howard and her band develop a vision of rock, blues and Southern soul that reaches high but remains practical in its reclamation of what works.


John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The lesson of "Cherokee," a room-hushing ballad by the Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland, is how to live with grief. A stirring, gut-wrenching video matches the song's patient intensity.


Anderson East, 'Satisfy Me'

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Nashville singer writes his own version of the resurrected rhythm and blues sound his southern neighbors in the Alabama Shakes and St. Paul and the Broken Bones have taken nationwide.


First Listen: Villagers, 'Darling Arithmetic'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Once a bandleader with a flair for complex orchestration, Conor O'Brien sings and plays every instrument on Darling Arithmetic himself, for an album that feels surprisingly muted.


First Listen: Dwight Yoakam, 'Second Hand Heart'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The country singer-songwriter's 15th studio album feels as fresh as anything he's ever done. Better yet, these songs were built to be played live.


The National, 'Sunshine On My Back'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Hear "Sunshine On My Back," a previously unreleased song from The National featuring Sharon Van Etten.


How To Be Alone: Musicians Confront Solitude

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

On new albums, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar and Laura Marling all hold the world at a distance in order to embrace creation.


Torres, 'Sprinter'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the dizzying title track from her career-making new album, Torres sings of flailing against confinement like a talented but rebellious teen while the track rises and falls like a pubescent mood.


Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'It's My Way'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

At 74, the folk icon has a new album, Power In The Blood, which features the title track from her classic 1964 debut album.


Benjamin Booker Faces The Past

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can't seem to settle.


Banditos, 'Cry Baby Cry'

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Banditos rolls through history on two wheels, making good, old fashioned Southern roots rock with โ€” on this fun new song โ€” a splash of boogie woogie piano.


Sympathy For The Devils

Saturday, February 28, 2015

From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.


First Listen: Andrew Combs, 'All These Dreams'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A 28-year-old Nashville singer-songwriter with a reticent demeanor and a fondness for offhand revelations, Combs sings subtly, without a lot of fuss.


Chris Stapleton, 'Traveller'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Call "Traveller" whatever feels right: Southern rock, Americana, country, long-haired soul. Chris Stapleton's contemplative open-road anthem is both poetic and matter-of-fact.


Alabama Shakes, 'Don't Wanna Fight'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hear the foursome dig into music history, touching on psychedelia, punk, gospel, soul and more.


First Listen: The Mavericks, 'Mono'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

After more than 25 years, the band's weapons are still consummate skill, the clarion charisma of singer Raul Malo, and the wisdom to know that fun is what wins in the end.


Leon Bridges, 'Coming Home'

Monday, February 02, 2015

The song by the 25-year-old Fort Worth singers sounds so much like Sam Cooke, yet the groove feels fresh. How is that possible?


First Listen: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Tomorrow Is My Turn'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Carolina Chocolate Drops singer's richly realized solo debut spans American music's history of communal uplift, individual outcry, happy collaboration and profitable theft.


First Listen: JD McPherson, 'Let The Good Times Roll'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Though his music honors mid-century sounds with laser precision, the Tulsa rocker takes so many little chances in his songs that they never sound like mere replicas.