Ann Powers Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent.
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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR.org and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music podcasts.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for NPR 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 the web, 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.

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Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter has ignited discourse about the place of Black musicians in country music. But it's also evidence of its creator's desire to break genre walls by following her most eccentric impulses. Mason Poole/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 29

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Kacey Musgraves' album Deeper Well is one of a number of anticipated releases out March 15, 2024. Kelly Christine Sutton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 15

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Kim Gordon's new album, The Collective, is out March 8. Danielle Neu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Faye Webster's latest album, Underdressed at the Symphony, is out March 1, 2024. Michael Tyrone Delaney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 1

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Friday

With The Past Is Still Alive, Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra has created a epic tale of life on the road, a nearly mythic version of their own life story that stands alongside other great American musical travelogues. Denny/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best albums out Feb. 23

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Brittany Howard is back. Bobbi Rich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Brittany Howard and a new era of musical masters

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NFL teams shift strategy when it comes to hiring coaches

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Ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards, women dominate nominations for biggest categories

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Will Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell win their third record of the year award at the Grammys? Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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New Music Friday: What Were The Grammys Made For?

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Wednesday

Laufey performs during the December 2023 event A New York Evening With Laufey, at The Greene Space in downtown Manhattan. Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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The Smile. Frank Lebon/Courtesy of XL Recordings hide caption

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Unionized staff picket outside the Condé Nast offices in New York on Jan. 23. The company is merging the popular digital music publication Pitchfork with the men's magazine GQ, which has triggered anger over the resulting layoffs and concern for the outlet's future. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Pitchfork faces layoffs and restructuring under Condé Nast

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Friday

Dua Lipa, whose 2020 album Future Nostalgia produced multiple '80s and '90s pop-inspired hits, has released a new single, "Houdini," that hints at another layer of retro revival. Tyrone Lebon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Setting our sights on the biggest music stories of the 2024

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Musicians who pushed the edges break out to make incredible collections

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Talking about the best albums of 2023

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Billie Eilish is nominated for six Grammys at the 2024 awards ceremony. Five of those nominations are for her song "What Was I Made For," from the soundtrack to the film Barbie. Michael Tran/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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PinkPantheress' debut studio album Heaven Knows tops our shortlist of the best new releases out this week. Aidan Zamiri/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 10

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