Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

Miley Cyrus: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The provocative pop star covers Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" and performs two cuts from Plastic Hearts for her Tiny Desk quarantine concert.


'Review/Preview': Music for Racial Justice

Monday, January 18, 2021

Ann Powers on music for racial justice.

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Our 2020 Nashville Music Recap

Thursday, December 17, 2020

In this episode, World Cafe's Nashville correspondent and NPR pop critic Ann Powers brings you some of the artists from the Music City that you might have missed this year.


Diary Of A Fugue Year

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Is it possible to hear the music of 2020 without getting lost in the noise? NPR Music's critic Ann Powers studies a year during which nearly everything about loving music was turned upside down.


The Highwomen Win Big At 2020 Americana Awards

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The late John Prine was awarded artist of the year, and Black Pumas and fiddler Brittany Haas took home hardware during the abbreviated show.


Nashville Recommendations: Hear 4 New Songs From The Music City

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

NPR pop critic Ann Powers highlights new songs from Brit Taylor, Molly Parden, The Brummies and C.A. Jones.


Mickey Guyton: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Monday, November 09, 2020

Country music's breakout star of 2020 performs three songs for her Tiny Desk quarantine concert, including "Black Like Me."


Katie Pruitt: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Nashville singer-songwriter delivers an empowering performance in this Tiny Desk quarantine concert.


Sturgill Simpson Raids His Own Catalog For Surprise Bluegrass Album

Friday, October 16, 2020

Returning to a form he fell in love with after first moving to Nashville, the genre-defying singer recorded Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 in just a few days earlier this year, after recovering from COVID-19.


Little Big Town: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Little Big Town, one of the biggest bands in country music, perform a Tiny Desk quarantine show, and they bring the hits.


Ann Powers Recommends 3 New Nashville Albums For Fall 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers shares three recent releases that she's excited about.


Brandy Clark: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Nashville songwriter performs four songs from her picturesque loft apartment, including fan favorite "Hold My Hand."


Tyler Childers Pushes Back On Southern Values And Our 'Long, Violent History'

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Kentuckian singer-songwriter wanted to be clear on the meaning of a surprise new song and album, explaining to his fans in a video that, among other things, "Black lives matter."


Amidst The Pandemic, The New Music Out Of Nashville Never Stops

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

World Cafe's Nashville correspondent, Ann Powers, talks about the state of Music City and five new releases that she's excited about.


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.