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.
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John Prine's First Album Came Out The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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In the 1950s, when they were barely adults themselves, Phil (left) and Don Everly took pieces of musical traditions and created songs that gave voice to a new youth culture that balanced, with all the awkwardness of teenage life, on an edge between anxiety about and hope for the future. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Occasionally, a woman artist will make it her mission to speak as the monster others fear her to be, turning shame into strength. That's the power of Kate Bush's The Dreaming. Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images; Courtesy of EMI Records hide caption

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In the new show Reservation Dogs, four Native teens commit crimes to fund their efforts to leave their home in rural Oklahoma. Shane Brown/ FX on Hulu hide caption

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With 'Magnolia Blues,' Adia Victoria Reclaims Her Southern Identity

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NPR Music Critic Talks New Posthumous Prince Album 'Welcome 2 America'

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In "Side Street," a promotional video for his new album Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, The Creator plays out a fantasy version of a narrative that appears on the album's climactic song, "Wilshire," in which he engages in a deep but doomed emotional affair with the girlfriend of one of his friends. Courtesy of the artist/Screen shot from YouTube hide caption

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