Ann Powers appears in the following:
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.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ann Powers and Jewly Hight, NPR Music's team in Nashville, dive deep into the country music industry's biggest annual party and report back on what's in store for the genre in the coming year.
Monday, June 20, 2016
For every insurgent new country star, Nashville boasts a dozen musicians who've perfected their art over many years. Hear a session with one such exceptional, undersung talent.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The mourning process reminds those who love to dance together that to gather on a dance floor is to open one's arms to life. We asked 11 writers to share the club song that changed their lives.
Monday, June 13, 2016
After doing everything from punk karaoke to slinging tacos, Lauren Gilbert now leads one of Music City's wildest live acts.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
The Alabama singer's first solo album in nearly a decade, combines folk intimacy, rock heft and country twang. White says he fought against the songs on Beulah, out Aug. 19, until they poured out.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Waldon has become a key player in the East Nashville music community by penning songs that capture the heartland through twentysomething eyes.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
The country singer-songwriter's second album boasts a big sound. But it keeps beautiful details intact, as Clark speaks for those often pushed aside within traditional storytelling narratives.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
On his fourth solo album, the Americana singer-songwriter considers the tilted fulcrum of a dissolving marriage in order to confront the allure and the cost of restlessness.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
On a quietly violent new collaboration, the duo confronts their own debt to the soul of gospel music while acknowledging their inevitable distance from it.