Ann Powers

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Songs We Love: James Blake, 'I Need A Forest Fire (Feat. Bon Iver)'

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.


First Listen: Corinne Bailey Rae, 'The Heart Speaks In Whispers'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

On Rae's third album, the singer-songwriter's fleshed-out jams and delicate, jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take.


Songs We Love: Esmé Patterson, 'No River'

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Patterson casts light on the assumption people make about a woman: that she's inexhaustibly strong, yet mysteriously dangerous. "I'm human, I'm human," she reminds us.


Hear 'Burn The Witch,' A New Radiohead Song

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

After several days of strange messages and teases, Radiohead has finally released a new song. Called "Burn The Witch," it arrives via a claymation video with echoes of a cult-classic horror film.


'We Don't Have Anything To Lose': A Lexicon Of Anohni's 'Hopelessness'

Monday, May 02, 2016

The music of the singer Anohni, who was previously known as Antony Hegarty, has long explored identity. On her new album Hopelessness, she turns self-examination into explicit, unsparing activism.


Listen To My Body Tonight: How Prince's Transgressive Spirit Broke Boundaries

Friday, April 22, 2016

In the nearly four decades of music Prince made, propriety and prejudice were regularly vanquished by good humor and elegant lust.


Songs We Love: Sara Watkins, 'Move Me'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Best known for her work with Nickel Creek, Watkins explores a pop palette in her solo career. In "Move Me," she tugs zealously at a lyrical trope, giving it new life and meaning.


First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

For Simpson's first album since his 2014 breakthrough, the inventive country singer crafts a highly personal song cycle about order and insubordination.


Gay Glam Comes To HBO

Monday, April 04, 2016

Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?


Songs We Love: Zayn, 'BeFoUr'

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lit by flashbulbs since he was 17, the latest solo song by the former member of One Direction reflects an uncertain and overwhelmed story that runs through so much millennial pop.


Songs We Love: Robert Ellis, 'Drivin'

Friday, March 25, 2016

A break up song from the Houston songwriter's brilliant new album that describes those lost moments between saying goodbye and actually leaving.


Hustle Is A Political Act: Michelle Obama's SXSW Keynote Shifted The Spotlight

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The event, centered around an initiative to educate girls and young women, reflected a reality in which hip-hop's influence is acknowledged and women are central to the conversation.


First Listen: Dave Cobb's 'Southern Family' Compilation

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The producer and guitarist presides over a graceful concept album in which some of country and Americana's biggest stars reflect on home.


Songs We Love: Morgane Stapleton With Chris Stapleton, 'You Are My Sunshine'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Morgane Stapleton is not a secret. In Nashville, the long-haired woman who's stood strong as a slender birch beside her husband, Chris, in breakthrough performances at the CMA Awards and on Saturday Night Life is known for being more than just a pristine harmonizer. She's a songwriter who's collaborated ...


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, 'What I Need'

Friday, February 05, 2016

One of the central musical relationships in soul music is between a band's lead shouter and the other voices supporting her or him. In her glory years, Aretha Franklin musically conversed with her family of backup singers, the Sweet Inspirations; Otis Redding upped his own unbeatable energy in dialogue with ...


First Listen: Wynonna & The Big Noise, 'Wynonna & The Big Noise'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A certain musical and spiritual condition defines Wynonna Judd's first album with her band The Big Noise — not to mention the first album of original material in 13 years from one of country music's supreme redheads. That quality is joy. It dominates, not just because Judd is performing with ...


Reflections Of A Bowie Girl

Monday, January 11, 2016

I am a Bowie girl. Not literally: I'm a little too young to have swiped my face with glitter and run out in lime-green platforms to see David Bowie storming through America in 1972 and 1973 with the Spiders from Mars, when he sent queer and alien dispatches across a ...


The Year In Pop Music

Friday, January 01, 2016

Adele's new album 25 had record sales in its first week — selling more than 2.4 million copies. We get a check on more pop music news from 2015.


Hear A New Solo Song By John Paul White, Formerly Of The Civil Wars

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Lyrics drove me to country music," said the producer Dave Cobb in an interview we published yesterday about his path from the L.A. rock scene to producing a handful of albums that signal a return of traditional country to Nashville's main stage, including ones by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and ...


An Outsider Remakes Nashville's Traditional Sound

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If Dave Cobb gets excited while you're talking to him about music, he'll grab a guitar from the bank of them he keeps in the chill-out room in his Green Hills home studio and play a riff. It could be from an Elvis song, or one by Led Zeppelin, or ...