Ann Powers appears in the following:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
In her new work, the Carolina Chocolate Drops vocalist speaks for the truly silenced: slaves; those murdered during the civil rights movement; young men felled by police bullets in city streets today.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Adele's attempt to share her album of the year Grammy with Beyoncé on Sunday was a gesture that held within it a history of privilege and power that listeners and institutions alike reckon with.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Now that his catalog has come to streaming services, we've created four playlists to highlight the fundamentals of the Prince ideology.
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Wu-Force's Wu Fei, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch borrow a motif from Pixies' "Where Is My Mind" to soundtrack an inventive video for "Paper Lanterns."
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Krauss' first solo album since 1999 shows off her intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime performance was possibly progressive, definitely patriotic and ultimately open-ended. Gaga played to the masses, and left the messages mixed.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
On the lead single and video from Canyons Of My Mind, Combs connects the environmentalist folk-pop of Don McLean with the dystopian mood-setting of Radiohead.
Monday, January 23, 2017
The first single from the country singer's new album is a condemnation of one man's irresponsible habits — yet one that still retains compassion for him and the women who survive in his wake.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Country music luminary Jessi Colter has only released one album since the 2002 passing of her husband, Waylon Jennings. Now she's back with a moving labor of love called The Psalms.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
The country songwriter's debut album is a labor of love — and a deeply insightful compendium of the stories we tell ourselves in order to preserve it.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
In a year of stunning loss, music fans found new opportunities to create virtual communities, continuing conversations their departed icons started.
Monday, December 26, 2016
NPR music critic Ann Powers says George Michael was sometimes dismissed as a cotton-candy pop music songwriter but you might not know he had a radical impact on the genre.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Watch Gallo and his band, their instruments bolted to the bed of a Ford truck, commandeer an intersection and blast out a punk directive before the cops come.
Friday, December 09, 2016
It's high time for gospel's greats to reassert their power. Winans teams with the mighty Clark Sisters to carry the spirit of the Lord right back to Motown.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
This year, pop critic Ann Powers offers something a little different — 10 deserving albums that might have topped lists in any other year.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Watch the legendary singer-songwriter perform a three-song set at Damrosch Park in New York City.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
With a new double album, the country star stands at the center of her own story. Insistently personal and empathetic, it's her most cohesive release yet.
Friday, November 11, 2016
The revered songwriter, who died November 7 at the age of 82, compelled us to dwell on the relationship between the profane and the profound.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Wainwright's singing shows a deep awareness of the multiple meanings that can merge and overflow — even within utterances as direct as a lover's whisper or a lullaby.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
In an album named for her teenage son, the singer-songwriter and punk mystic reflects upon some of her life's most perception-altering junctures.