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Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

A Critical Conversation About Frank Ocean's 'Endless' Video Album

Friday, August 19, 2016

As listeners everywhere process it in real time, two NPR Music critics trade notes on Ocean's confounding new release.

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Dixie Chicks Host A Joyously Defiant Girls' Night Out In Nashville

Thursday, August 18, 2016

On Wednesday night, during their first headlining tour in a decade, the Chicks showed off the many ways they've always been more than the usual Music City act.

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Songs We Love: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'Little Movies'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Invoking the figure of the cosmic cowboy, the East Nashville singer-songwriter taps into dreamy pop psychedelia. In the video, Tasjan is a mournful angel in a disco-ball suit.

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First Listen: Kelsey Waldon, 'I've Got A Way'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

It's the immediacy of Waldon's storytelling, utterly unsentimental yet deeply heartfelt, that makes the young country singer a queen of the cool rejoinder and an all-around contender.

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Songs We Love: Muddy Magnolias, 'Brother, What Happened?'

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Jessy Wilson and Kallie North bring together gospelized soul and clapboard-church country in a stirring song that calls for action, respect and compassion.

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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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