Ann Powers

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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."


Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (As Chosen By You)

Monday, April 09, 2018

The results are in for our reader poll, and your picks for the greatest albums made by women deeply modify and sometimes openly challenge our original Turning the Tables list.


World Cafe Nashville: Erin Rae

Thursday, March 29, 2018

With a gentle voice and deeply insightful songwriting, the Tennessee native has been a standout among the city's folk and Americana artists for years.


Songs We Love: Traveller, 'Hummingbird'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Traveller is the illustrious combination of Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel. The first single from Western Movies is an ode to a woman in the deep summer of her own life.


What Do You Think Are The Greatest Albums Made By Women?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In July, we published a list of the 150 greatest albums made by women, as chosen by a group of women within the NPR universe. Now, we're turning the list over to you.


Turning The Tables Listening Party: Women Of Roots And Americana

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In this special episode, we discuss two milestone albums in Americana music: Bonnie Raitt's Nick of Time and Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.


How Jim Burns Transformed American Pop Music

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The MTV Unplugged series was a 90s pop culture staple. Jim Burns co-created the series and was the show's executive producer during its original run. Burns died on Tuesday at 65.


The Old Taylor's Not Dead

Friday, November 10, 2017

On her new album, Reputation, Taylor Swift continues to chronicle the links between romance, revenge and her own personal sense of justice, but also confronts how she may be trapped by her own image.


Labor Day: The Future of Car Safety, 50 Years of Unions, Raising the Minimum Wage, Moving for Work, Women of Pop

Monday, September 04, 2017

A look at American workers through various lenses, a discussion about car safety innovations since so many people are in their cars today, and the most notable women of pop music.

How Pop Music Influences Americans

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NPR Music Critic Ann Powers talks about the ways popular music has helped to shape Americans' beliefs and abilities to express emotions. 

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Singing Our Lives: When Pop Stars Are Super-Heroines

Friday, August 04, 2017

A discussion about our list of The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women turns on the question of why it's so powerful to see a bit of yourself reflected in your favorite musicians.


A New Canon of Pop Music Featuring All Women

Friday, July 28, 2017

Find out who made it on to NPR's list of 150 best albums in popular music and why its comprised of all women artists.

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First Listen: Tyler Childers, 'Purgatory'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The rising Americana star's new album was produced by Sturgill Simpson.


World Cafe Nashville: Midland

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Based in Austin, this harmony-based group melds the whiskey-soaked spirit of the barroom with the country-rock of Gram Parsons and the Eagles.


A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why make a list of the greatest albums by women? To start a new conversation, where musicians who have too long been marginalized are now at the center.


Encore Week: Father John Misty, Alison Krauss, David Crosby And More

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hear five World Cafe sessions from the last few months that are worth a second listen.


World Cafe Nashville: Sun Seeker

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Inspired by The Band and Pavement alike, Sun Seeker's music is a unique blend of Southern whimsy and fuzzy, melodic rock. Hear a live performance.


Songs We Love: Republican Hair, 'Miss Prince'

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

With its infectious synth lines, Southern drawl and sly message, "Miss Prince" shows what's special about Republican Hair, a band unlike any other in Nashville today.


Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Has A New Band: Bermuda Triangle

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The new group, which also features Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari, will make its live debut July 12 in Nashville.


World Cafe Nashville: Daddy Issues

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Formed out of friendship, the trio blends a love of noise with powerful melodicism and a knack for capturing the ups and downs of millennial life.