Ann Powers

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World Cafe Nashville: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Thursday, August 02, 2018

This undefinable five-piece band boasts a blend of charisma, musical chops, sing-along harmonies and breakneck creativity.

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Women On The Verge: At The End Of The '90s, A Few Artists Set The Stage For A New Era

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Though they emerged in the 1990s, the impact of musicians like Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, Gillian Welch and Lauryn Hill can be felt all over our list of the greatest songs of the 21st century.

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World Cafe Nashville: Birdtalker

Monday, July 16, 2018

There's a beautiful reflectiveness within Birdtalker's song that comes from Zack Green's soul-searching and Dani Green's skill with story and metaphor.

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Her Devotion Weighs A Ton: Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Celebration Of 'Love'

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The collaboration between the married stars, the capstone of a trilogy of albums focused on their union, underlines the simultaneous centrality and marginalization of women in hip-hop.

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World Cafe Nashville: Bermuda Triangle

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jesse Lafser, Brittany Howard and Becca Mancari all maintain their own brilliant careers. What brings them together as Bermuda Triangle is friendship, pure and simple.

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First Listen: Welles, 'Red Trees And White Trashes'

Thursday, June 07, 2018

At only 23, Wells is already writing hooks that any of his rock and roll heroes would envy.

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World Cafe Nashville: R.LUM.R

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

His voice and style align him more with rising R&B crooners than with country hunks, but R.LUM.R is part of a Tennessee pop scene pairing classic song craftsmanship with innovative production.

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2-Sided: Trying To Hear Kanye West's New Album, 'ye,' Through All The Noise

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Kanye West's newly-released ye is already 2018's most polarizing album. Two of NPR Music's critics sat down to try and make sense of West's motivations and musical accomplishments.

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Watch Brandi Carlile Perform During Seattle's 'March For Our Lives'

Friday, June 01, 2018

The singer-songwriter, asked by student organizers to perform during the "March For Our Lives" in Seattle, says of the moment that "this is a generation I am in complete support of."

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The Eights | Media and Music in 1988

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Eleanor Clift, columnist for The Daily Beast, and NPR Music critic Ann Powers talk about the music and media of 1988.

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First Listen: Erin Rae, 'Putting On Airs'

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Putting on Airs asks questions about intimacy, solitude and courage. The answers are sometimes sad, but beautiful.

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Weezer Covers Toto's 'Africa,' Taking Us Deep Into The Internet's Heart Of Beigeness

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

At the behest of a 14-year-old fan who launched a Twitter campaign, the forever-game pop-punk faves have covered one of the Internet's favorite songs. The crossover is, somehow, pretty illuminating.

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World Cafe Nashville: Ashley Campbell

Monday, May 21, 2018

She may be the youngest daughter of the late Glen Campbell, but this singer shines all on her own. Campbell's voice comes along with a sly wink and salty humor.

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World Cafe Nashville: Joshua Hedley

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

On his debut album for Jack White's Third Man Records, Mr. Jukebox, Hedley infuses his classic arrangements with deep personal feeling; his songs feel likes confidences, not costume dramas.

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First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Last Man Standing'

Monday, April 23, 2018

The country music legend is still writing and recording original material at age 84. His latest stresses good cheer in the face of hard times.

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World Cafe Nashville: Brothers Osborne

Friday, April 20, 2018

John Osborne's guitar runs through every track like a duet partner with T.J.'s ever more sophisticated vocalizing. Hear a live session from Nashville's Sound Stage Studios.

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World Cafe Nashville: Dom Flemons

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Flemons' latest work, Black Cowboys, explodes the stereotypes that have dominated one of America's founding mythologies and opens up the frontier for all to claim.

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First Listen: Brothers Osborne, 'Port Saint Joe'

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The award-winning, chart-topping country duo is back. Listen to John and T.J. Osborne's highly anticipated sophomore album in its entirety.

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Ahead Of Her Return, Carrie Underwood's 'Cry Pretty' Does Some Heavy Lifting

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

One of country music's best voices delivers a subtly feminist statement on the double standards of grief and presentation.

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Joseph Arthur And R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Hold Onto Music For Survival

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A new collaboration between songwriters and mutual admirers explores human nature. Hear the first single from Arthur Buck, the chiming "I Am the Moment."

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