Ann Powers appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Nashville-based rock musician recorded a five-song set for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.
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.
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.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Taylor Swift surprised her fans and released a new album Friday. Folklore is her eighth studio album.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The global pandemic has caused extreme financial uncertainty for artists, particularly those who work independently.
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?