Ann Powers

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Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Monday, July 27, 2015

The 35-track It's Great To Be Alive!, recorded over three nights last year at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, will be out October 30. Hear the album's version of "Birthday Boy" now.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


Watch Jenny Hval's Dreamlike, Experimental Video For 'Sabbath'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pulling from both pop and academic sources for her challenging, visceral, "soft" rock, Jenny Hval's music is an illustration of an interior world that leaks into and is pressed upon by the larger one.


The Cruel Truth About Rock And Roll

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recent allegations that one of The Runaways was raped by the band's manager remind us that sexual exploitation is part of rock's foundation — and challenge the very idea that it is worth loving.


Songs We Love: Promised Land Sound, 'She Takes Me There'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

With a sound that's at once more focused and wider-ranging than on its first album, Promised Land Sound shows why psychedelia is always a great aesthetic to revive.


First Listen: Alan Jackson, 'Angels And Alcohol'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Though it's sure to attract accolades like "pure" and "classic," the country star's 15th album never seems mired in the past.


Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Films about music — including documentaries about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain — tend to focus on everything surrounding the ineffable art without delving deeply into its core.


The Key To Kacey Musgraves' Hard-Won Country: Funny Women

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The witty musician sits in a sweet spot where her charm and humor attract traditional country die-hards and pop fans alike. Ann Powers explores other women in country who paved the path.


First Listen: Anderson East, 'Delilah'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Athens, Ala., native's pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts are a perfect fit within the classic soul settings he creates with producer Dave Cobb.


Striking Matches, 'Nothing But The Silence'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The title track from the alluring Nashville duo's debut album could represent the love song of a dented heart — or the struggle to ignite a shared creative muse.


First Watch: Shovels & Rope, 'Mary Ann & One Eyed Dan'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In a story told with the help of dolls and circus characters, Americana's beloved ruffian couple reminds us to love each other's ripped patches and lumps.


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.