Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

Songs We Love: Donnie Fritts, 'Errol Flynn'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

With a reflective vocal and a veteran's touch on the keys, Fritts frames the tale of a wingman in a way only he can.


The Making Of Jason Isbell's '24 Frames'

Monday, June 22, 2015

Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Isbell and his band working with producer Dave Cobb to perfect the first single from Something More Than Free.


First Listen: Joy Williams, 'VENUS'

Sunday, June 21, 2015

VENUS is the chronicle and result of Williams breaking free of her past projects. Formerly half of The Civil Wars, Williams explores a more adventurous pop sound on her first solo album.


Songs We Love: Delta Rae, 'All Good People'

Friday, June 19, 2015

The North Carolina-based family band responded to the Charleston shootings with a call to unite that channels the gospel often performed at "Mother Emanuel."


Song Premiere: Lucero, 'Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles'

Monday, June 15, 2015

It's the record Ben Nichols wanted to make at age 15, but Lucero's new album shows the band's grown fully into itself. Hear the first single, a wistful meditation on missed off-ramps.


First Listen: Leon Bridges, 'Coming Home'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A young singer who works in the mode of classic soul, Leon Bridges' songs are made with deep respect and bottomless affection, and his studied appropriations are so detailed that they come alive.


Gill Landry, 'Funeral In My Heart'

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Watch a sad, sweet rumination on grief from Old Crow Medicine Show's Gill Landry.


12 Essential Archives For Internet-Era Music Historians

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Some of the places where we dig up sounds from the past are obvious, others obscure. Here are a dozen sources for diving deep into music history, shared by some of our favorite writers.


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.