Ann Powers appears in the following:
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.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Joanne is as theatrical as anything Gaga has ever done, touching on styles intimate and overcooked and upholding her romantic belief in broad gestures and bold declarations.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Originally written for Massive Attack, Valerie June gives an old song new life.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Americana innovator invites listeners into a shiny dreamscape that's both deeply informed by musical history and uniquely his own.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
As summer turns to fall, the boldfaced names returning to the world of pop might not be offering explicitly political songs, but each makes a big statement in its own way.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Call Muddy Magnolias rock, soul or even country: The huge, soulful, uplifting voices of Jessy Wilson and Kallie North will fill whatever space opens up to them.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
For better or worse, there might not be anyone in the history of rock and roll as beloved by his fans as Bruce Springsteen is in 2016.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
The singer and fiddler has mastered craft and structure in order to communicate the nuances of a richly responsive internal life.
Monday, September 05, 2016
NPR Music critic Ann Powers talks about her new favorite band at the moment, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. The eight-piece soul band is from Alabama and just released its second album, Sea Of Noise.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Sea Of Noise lifts this Alabama eight-piece from its spot as the nation's best young party band into headier and more exciting territory, where insights matter more than mere imitation.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
"I'm trying to not be so revealing," Wainwright says of the song, an air that evokes both Kate Bush and lounge singers. "I've written a lot of songs that were so personal they got me into trouble."
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Yoakam's new project shows this king of modern classic country making a spiritual return to his Eastern Kentucky birthplace for as he rethinks songs from throughout his career within a bluegrass mode.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
EDM stars The Chainsmokers own the No. 1 and No. 8 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 right now, thanks in large part to the women singing their songs.