Ann Powers

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Becca Mancari: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Nashville-based rock musician recorded a five-song set for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.


Stream Billie Eilish's New Song, 'My Future'

Thursday, July 30, 2020

If anyone could take her career to the next level during lockdown, it's Billie Eilish. "My Future," written and recorded in Los Angeles during lockdown, is a dreamy ode to freedom.


Let's Talk About Taylor Swift's 'Folklore'

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Three critics dive into a new album full of surprises — released on a day's notice, co-produced by The National's Aaron Dessner — and ask how it fits into an arguably unprecedented career.


Taylor Swift Releases New Album, 'Folklore'

Friday, July 24, 2020

Taylor Swift surprised her fans and released a new album Friday. Folklore is her eighth studio album.


The Chicks After The Fire

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Long known as firebrands ready to take on abusers, country music and the president, the trio now known as The Chicks is finding – on its first album in 14 years – beauty in loss and lonesomeness.


With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Willie Nelson Are As Relevant As Ever

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

At 79, 74 and 87 years old, respectively, these three veteran songwriters prove that it's possible to release poignant and powerful work late in an artist's career.


We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence

Friday, June 26, 2020

These songs take on some of the ugliest stories in our history and reflect the commitment of Black musicians to telling the truth of how Black people have been wronged, and survived, and fought back.


Anderson .Paak's 'Lockdown' Examines The Quiet Spaces Of An Uprising

Friday, June 19, 2020

In a new song and video, Anderson .Paak and video director Dave Meyers take a hushed look at the lives amidst the movement.


Bettye LaVette's 'Strange Fruit' Offers A Moment To Mourn And Renew

Friday, June 12, 2020

This song's story always must be told and heard again; we have not yet moved beyond the need for its witnessing.


The New Sounds Of Protest And Hope

Friday, June 05, 2020

As demonstrations for racial equality continue across the U.S. and the world, artists have been shaping and sharing their grief, fury, resolve and vision for the future.


Finding Connection And Comfort In Livestream Concerts During Quarantine

Monday, June 01, 2020

NPR Music correspondents Ann Powers and Sidney Madden recommend a few favorite livestreaming performance series to check out while in-person concerts are on hold.


Little Richard Made Music Vibrate In All The Right Ways

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Many artists around the start of the rock era pointed toward sex, but in his performance of "Tutti Frutti" and other songs, Little Richard enacted sexual excitement itself.


How The Nature Of The Music Industry Has Changed During The Pandemic

Friday, May 08, 2020

NPR's music correspondent answers questions about the changing nature of the music industry during the pandemic and talks about how some artists are trying to make ends meet.


Lucinda Williams: A Guide To Her Best Songs

Friday, April 24, 2020

Williams's new album, Good Souls Better Angels, is another remarkable entry in a catalog that has, across more than a dozen albums, shaped Americana. Here's a map of her career's many high points.


Watch And Weep: John Prine And Bonnie Raitt Perform 'Angel From Montgomery'

Friday, April 10, 2020

The beloved singer and songwriter was the embodying spirit of Americana music. Watch his performances and acceptance speeches at the American Music Honors and Awards.


John Prine's Songs Saw The Whole Of Us

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

The music of this quintessential Nashville songwriter and lifelong independent spirit makes room for the wide range of emotions that careen through people as they stumble and dance through life.


Drake, Quarantined In Style, Makes Social Isolation A Public Spectacle

Friday, April 03, 2020

The hip-hop star's "Toosie Slide" video, an opulent take on social distancing shot in his Toronto penthouse, is at once obvious and sneakily profound.


A Playlist Tracking The Many New Tracks Being Written About The Coronavirus

Monday, March 23, 2020

Spotify "data alchemist" Glenn McDonald has been regularly scanning the platform for new songs addressing the crisis, updating his master playlist along the way.


From Hand To Merch: Some Of Our Favorite Indie Wares

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The global pandemic has caused extreme financial uncertainty for artists, particularly those who work independently.


The Virtuoso

Monday, February 10, 2020

Roberta Flack is only solo artist to win two consecutive Record of the Year Grammys and she helped usher in an enduring style of R&B. Could she be pop music's most under-appreciated influence?