Ann Powers appears in the following:
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
For better or worse, there might not be anyone in the history of rock and roll as beloved by his fans as Bruce Springsteen is in 2016.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
The singer and fiddler has mastered craft and structure in order to communicate the nuances of a richly responsive internal life.
Monday, September 05, 2016
NPR Music critic Ann Powers talks about her new favorite band at the moment, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. The eight-piece soul band is from Alabama and just released its second album, Sea Of Noise.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Sea Of Noise lifts this Alabama eight-piece from its spot as the nation's best young party band into headier and more exciting territory, where insights matter more than mere imitation.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
"I'm trying to not be so revealing," Wainwright says of the song, an air that evokes both Kate Bush and lounge singers. "I've written a lot of songs that were so personal they got me into trouble."
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Yoakam's new project shows this king of modern classic country making a spiritual return to his Eastern Kentucky birthplace for as he rethinks songs from throughout his career within a bluegrass mode.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
EDM stars The Chainsmokers own the No. 1 and No. 8 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 right now, thanks in large part to the women singing their songs.
Monday, August 22, 2016
We got two writers, Ann Powers and Jason King, going back and forth on what they've found in the reclusive singer's third album.
Monday, August 22, 2016
The country singer claims her space among the divas with a tearjerking ballad, recorded live with her band at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A.
Friday, August 19, 2016
As listeners everywhere process it in real time, two NPR Music critics trade notes on Ocean's confounding new release.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
On Wednesday night, during their first headlining tour in a decade, the Chicks showed off the many ways they've always been more than the usual Music City act.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Invoking the figure of the cosmic cowboy, the East Nashville singer-songwriter taps into dreamy pop psychedelia. In the video, Tasjan is a mournful angel in a disco-ball suit.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
It's the immediacy of Waldon's storytelling, utterly unsentimental yet deeply heartfelt, that makes the young country singer a queen of the cool rejoinder and an all-around contender.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Jessy Wilson and Kallie North bring together gospelized soul and clapboard-church country in a stirring song that calls for action, respect and compassion.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Working with a band of unassumingly outstanding Nashville session players, McKenna finds a balance between literary subtlety and rock 'n' roll swagger.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Nashville songwriter's smoke-stained voice conveys calm insight, his words capturing the creative process with no excess romanticism.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
After stints in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna still finds new ways to rage and inspire. On her new album at the helm of The Julie Ruin, she transforms anger into a source of power and fun.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The man whose songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and more is now emerging as a crucial voice on his own.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The singer-songwriter turns a joke from the sitcom Modern Family into something profound with a slow-building ballad.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The band fully enters the present political moment with a mighty song inspired by civil rights activists' campaign to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.