March 19, 2013 Big names and Next Big Things dominate coverage of Austin's festival, but there's quality music between the two poles. Ann Powers says the skill and subtlety those acts bring to the party interest her more than the sure bet of a legend or the sugar high of watching a baby band with buzz.
March 17, 2013 The Nashville foursome were one of our favorite discoveries at SXSW 2013. Watch Luella and her band bowl us over with fire and brimstone on "Sign of the Judgment."
February 17, 2013 The Philly soul singer explores the contours of intense emotions with patience and psychedelic insight. On A Love Surreal, Bilal keeps his vision grounded in fierce intelligence and a commitment to letting stories unfold.
February 4, 2013 On Saturday night the band unexpectedly released its first album in 22 years. Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich and Otis Hart spent Sunday soaking in the band's new wall of sound and gave us their first impressions.
February 4, 2013 Sunday's display of imperial charisma comes off as a historical inevitability, and as something that benefits us all. It's an illusion, but what a substantial one.
November 1, 2012 Recent live shows by some of the geezers of rock — from Neil Young to Roger Waters — have been much more than exercises in nostalgia.
October 26, 2012 The new hour-long TV drama gets plenty about Nashville's music scene right, and one of its best features is the way it uses the duet, a classic country music form, to reveal how musical values connect to bigger ones, like honesty, loyalty and ambition.
October 18, 2012 Writer Nelson George, who saw Teddy Pendergrass on his "Ladies Only" tour in 1978, says R. Kelly's recent shows are an effort to reconnect R&B to its most devoted fans.
October 17, 2012 In an interview with Ann Powers the singer reflects on her twenty-year career, her new album and making set lists.
September 20, 2012 It's hard to know in the present what the future will sound like. History tells us that the most popular musicians don't always survive their era, but tiny gestures and innovations often influence the next generation.
September 6, 2012 The five-letter word, it turns out, is as central to the popular music lexicon as are "rock" and "roll."
August 29, 2012 We look at five albums on last week's Billboard charts that were made by bands who succeed despite the fact that they don't usually get much love from the press.
August 7, 2012 A recording (and transcript) of the singer's remarks about nature, religion and gender, from the new live album Cut The World.
August 2, 2012 For a journalist, there's a code. If you follow Dylan's example, there's another way of operating.