Ann Powers Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.
Ann Powers
Stories By

Ann Powers

Ann Powers
Mito Habe-Evans/NPR

Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

Powers served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR. Prior to the Los Angeles Times, she was senior critic at Blender and senior curator at Experience Music Project. From 1997 to 2001 Powers was a pop critic at The New York Times and before that worked as a senior editor at the Village Voice. Powers began her career working as an editor and columnist at San Francisco Weekly.

Her writing extends beyond blogs, magazines and newspapers. Powers co-wrote Tori Amos: Piece By Piece, with Amos, which was published in 2005. In 1999, Power's book Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America was published. She was the editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of the 1995 book Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop and the editor of Best Music Writing 2010.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, Powers went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of California.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

Alicia Keys. Her new, self-titled album tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on Sept. 18. Milan Zirnic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Milan Zirnic/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On Sept. 18

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/913950368/914264194" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rita Indiana released one of our favorite albums this week. Noelie Quintero/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Noelie Quintero/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/904663039/911628081" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Bill Callahan released his new album, Gold Record, on Sept. 4. Hanly Banks Callahan/Courtesy of Drag City hide caption

toggle caption
Hanly Banks Callahan/Courtesy of Drag City

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 4

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/904662972/909477527" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Angel Olsen's Whole New Mess is one of our favorite albums out Aug. 28 Kylie Coutts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Kylie Coutts/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Aug. 28

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/902537205/906762377" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ruston Kelly Alexa King /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Alexa King /Courtesy of the artist

Nashville New Music - August 2020

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/906187995/906213616" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The rapper, singer and New York Times bestselling author Lecrae. His latest release, Restoration, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Aug. 21. Alex Harper/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Harper/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 21

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/904413668/904542596" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Burna Boy. His latest full-length, Twice as Tall, tops our list of the best new albums out this week. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

Aug. 14, 2020

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/902289324/902434378" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Portland rapper Aminé. His sophomore full-length, Limbo, tops our shortlist for the week's best new albums. Micaiah Carter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Micaiah Carter/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 7

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/900006182/900041006" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Top row, left to right: Madeline Kenney, Christian Sands, Gabriel Garzon Montano; Bottom row, left to right: Taylor Swift, Maria Schneider, Nubya Garcia Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of July

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/898534103/898647809" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">