Ann Powers

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Digital Underground

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

There is a wealth of music, along with music-related artifacts and conversation, on the Internet, but the companies that control these vast resources don't always prioritize permanence.


First Listen: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 'Django And Jimmie'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

More than three decades after Pancho & Lefty, the country titans pair up again, this time for an album that puts eclecticism front and center.


Rickie Lee Jones Embraces 'The Big Invisible'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rickie Lee Jones talks about a song from her new album, The Other Side Of Desire, along with New Orleans, Fats Domino, courage, proof of God's existence, Guardians of the Galaxy and creation itself.


Songs We Love: Rayland Baxter, 'Yellow Eyes'

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This single from the Nashville singer's upcoming album, Imaginary Man, comes pretty darn close to such perfection.


Shakey Graves, Lucinda Williams And Sturgill Simpson Lead Americana Awards Nominees

Thursday, May 14, 2015

All three musicians picked up three nominations, including album and song of the year. The awards will be presented on Sept. 16 in Nashville.


Iris DeMent To Release New Album, 'The Trackless Woods'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

For her new album, out August 7, DeMent set the words of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to new music. Hear a song from the album now.


First Watch: Gangstagrass, 'Banks Of The Ohio'

Monday, May 11, 2015

A stylish, animated video with an updated take on the murder ballad "Banks Of The Ohio."


Songs We Love: Prince, 'Baltimore'

Saturday, May 09, 2015

In a sly way, Prince has always been a political artist, but on Saturday, he left nothing to nuance when he released a tribute to Freddie Gray on his SoundCloud page.


Ashley Monroe, 'On To Something Good'

Monday, May 04, 2015

This confident, sunny romp of a song proves Monroe's ready to take on the bro-country establishment.


First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.


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: 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.


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.


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.