Ann Powers appears in the following:
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
The gale force of a stirring afterlife echoes through the Irish experimental folk band's version of this traditional song.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Maggie Rogers' voice allows the duo to play with perspective and, in doing so, refreshes the template of Zach Bryan's laments.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Jones lets the sun shine in on this jazz standard, but maintains a pensive undertone.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
One of three new boygenius tracks, this Phoebe Bridgers-led song captures the feeling of being both carried forward and entrapped by love.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Ann Powers on music for racial justice.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
DeMent contemplates her powerlessness in the face of her own mortality — she won't be around to see the changes today's climate activism might accomplish.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
NPR's pop critic shares her favorite albums of 2022.
Monday, December 12, 2022
Her album-as-Sistine Chapel: awe-inspiring from a distance and glittering with detail, a star-filled imaginary sky and an origin myth that comes to life through its brilliant brush strokes.
Tuesday, December 06, 2022
NPR's pop critic and correspondent shares her favorite albums of this year.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
We discuss Taylor Swift's new album Midnights
Thursday, November 03, 2022
The Roches' blend of distinctly slanted harmonies, vaudevillian humor and poignancy can all be heard in this Seductive Reasoning outtake.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
In Goodman's songs, music is a route to both survival and transcendence. Watch her perform three powerful tracks that confront grief and stump for understanding.
Friday, October 21, 2022
On Swift's 10th and most challenging album, she and producer Jack Antonoff push her voice in new directions, rethinking the sonic rhetoric of first-person storytelling and shaking off old habits.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Drawing from her new album Breaking the Thermometer, Leyla McCalla and her band explore the weight of memory in songs deeply immersed in the rhythms, sounds and history of Haiti.
Friday, October 14, 2022
On Being Funny In A Foreign Language, the new album by his band The 1975, Matty Healy makes romantic music for cynical outsiders who insist they're ready to give love a try.
Tuesday, October 04, 2022
The bluegrass star and his dad are a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of two lifelong picking partners.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Russell and her talented band embody healing community; watch a performance of songs from her astounding, unclassifiable album Outside Child.
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
We remember Olivia Newton-John with NPR's Ann Powers.
Monday, August 01, 2022
The era-defining star's seventh album sparks a conversation about the infinite possibilities of dance music, the difference between fun and pleasure and why disco is always political.
Monday, July 25, 2022
The iconic singer-songwriter performed her first public full-length show anywhere since 2000, with a little help from Brandi Carlile.