Ann Powers

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In the haze of 'Midnights,' Taylor Swift softens into an expanded sound

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.


Leyla McCalla: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Love Songs of a Dirtbag

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.


Billy Strings & Terry Barber, 'Long Journey Home'

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The bluegrass star and his dad are a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of two lifelong picking partners.


Allison Russell: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Russell and her talented band embody healing community; watch a performance of songs from her astounding, unclassifiable album Outside Child.


Celebrating Olivia Newton-John

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

We remember Olivia Newton-John with NPR's Ann Powers.


Revolutionary Fun: Why we can't stop talking about Beyoncé's 'Renaissance'

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.


Joni Mitchell sings, steals show with surprise Newport Folk Festival concert

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.


Rainbow Girls, 'Compassion to the Nth Degree'

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The song processes rage about "the world falling apart in every conceivable way" by coating it in sarcasm and shiny harmonies.


Musicians react to Supreme Court decision on right to abortion

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

After Friday's Supreme Court decision, artists from around the world spent the following days sharing their reactions and plans for the immediate future.


7 more Kate Bush songs that deserve the 'Stranger Things' treatment

Saturday, June 11, 2022

NPR Music staffers convene to offer up the Kate Bush tracks we think deserve a powerful, paradigm-shifting sync in a television show or movie.


Fontaines D.C.: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C. delivers a four-song set from Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center.


Buffy Sainte-Marie: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been a wandering soul with a fierce sense of direction. Watch her and her touring band perform four songs from across her long, innovative career.


Her Voice Is In The Air

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Brazilian singer Flora Purim helped create the sound of jazz fusion. Now, as she releases what she says will be her final album, it's time to give her artistic legacy its due.


Under Greg Tate's direction, musical possibilities were limitless

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Greg Tate's death left an immeasurable hole in the universe of cultural criticism. Vernon Reid, Matana Roberts, Jared Michael Nickerson and Christina Wheeler pay tribute to his music as Burnt Sugar.


Meme Girls: Three squares talk about Wet Leg, the band everybody's talking about

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Wet Leg, the year's breakout indie rock band, just released a debut album full of loopy, addictive songs that are as fun to talk about as they are to listen to.


The Grammys make a clear statement: Sometimes feeling good is good enough

Monday, April 04, 2022

The show, despite a delay caused by the pandemic and brief moments of seriousness, was mostly a highly professional, relentlessly energetic showcase for the pleasure of live music. Plus a few awards.


Maren Morris: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Monday, April 04, 2022

In this four-song set, the country artist delivers her songs with clear-eyed passion.


Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra, a 'recovering lone wolf,' in conversation

Monday, February 28, 2022

NPR Music's Ann Powers moderates the first-time meeting of far-flung soulmates. Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album was inspired, in part, by adrienne maree brown's book Emergent Strategy.


Bonnie Raitt, 'Made Up Mind'

Friday, February 25, 2022

Bonnie Raitt's new single shows that the 72-year-old blues-rock treasure is the master of the form.