Ann Powers

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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5:27am

Fri February 21, 2014
The Record

Hearing Devotion In Pop's Details

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:08 am

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs onstage at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City.
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10:23pm

Thu September 12, 2013
The Record

'90s Nostalgia Revisited: 6 Musicians We Miss

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 6:11 am

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Sat August 17, 2013

10:57am

Mon June 17, 2013
The Record

Don't Kill Your Idols: J. Cole Looks For His Place In Hip-Hop

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:52 am

Even the name of J. Cole's new album, Born Sinner, is a nod to the hip-hop lineage from which he descends: Biggie > Jay > J.
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3:19am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Record

Country Music's Year Of The Woman

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 4:41 am

Miranda Lambert performing in April at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she won best song, best record and best female vocalist for the fourth year in a row. The Lambert Effect has opened doors for many of the new hopefuls blending hard country sounds with feminist-aware attitudes.
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