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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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.

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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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CHVRCHES' fourth album, Screen Violence, is out Friday. Kevin J Thomson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 27

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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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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 20

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

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Top left, clockwise: Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, Canary Room, Billy Bragg, William Parker, IDK, WILLOW. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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

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Billie Eilish's sophomore full-length, Happier Than Ever, tops this week's list of the best albums out on July 30. Kelia Anne MacCluskey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 30

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