Ann Powers http://publicradiotulsa.org en First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping' http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/first-listen-jose-james-while-you-were-sleeping When the spirit of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15446165/nirvana">Nirvana</a> surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 60661 at http://publicradiotulsa.org First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping' First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line' http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/first-listen-nickel-creek-dotted-line "I think we're more grown-up now, to use an extremely childlike term," the violinist Sara Watkins recently <a href="http://www.independent.com/news/2014/mar/19/sara-watkinss-fresh-starts/">told a reporter</a> who asked what had changed in the eight years since Nickel Creek — the trio of Watkins, guitarist Sean Watkins (her brother) and mandolinist Chris Thile — released a studio album. Watkins' words astutely acknowledged the expectations leveled at the former child prodigies, who wowed bluegrass and country fans with three precocious albums in the early 2000s. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 56539 at http://publicradiotulsa.org First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line' Hurray For The Riff Raff's New Political Folk http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/hurray-riff-raffs-new-political-folk How many choruses does it take to turn a party song into an engine causing social change? Is it possible to honor American cultural traditions while dismantling the traps and habits that make them restrictive? Every so often a new voice engages these basic questions in subtle, exciting new ways. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:09:00 +0000 Ann Powers 53244 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Hurray For The Riff Raff's New Political Folk '12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/12-years-slave-years-best-film-about-music <em>12 Years a Slave </em>is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:13:00 +0000 Ann Powers 49534 at http://publicradiotulsa.org '12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/holding-music-history-your-hands-why-archives-matter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as1rsZenwNc</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 48865 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter '90s Nostalgia Revisited: 6 Musicians We Miss http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/90s-nostalgia-revisited-6-musicians-we-miss <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AOVf9p9ht4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5COHP3KZuq4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilKcXIFi-Rc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4OJFWgF9os</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUFObCZtGWQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUOkg4jFNus</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:23:00 +0000 Ann Powers 46126 at http://publicradiotulsa.org '90s Nostalgia Revisited: 6 Musicians We Miss First Watch: Nora Jane Struthers, 'Bike Ride' http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/first-watch-nora-jane-struthers-bike-ride For those who haven't yet discovered Nora Jane Struthers, the summery song "Bike Ride" is a great introduction to her beguiling, well-considered worldview. The first time Struthers sings the song's most important line — "I can go anywhere" — the phrase rises up out of her throat, free, wide open. The second time, a phrase later, she clamps down on it with some grit. "'Bike Ride' is a song about a re-awakening," the 29-year-old Nashville resident said in a recent email. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Ann Powers 44148 at http://publicradiotulsa.org First Watch: Nora Jane Struthers, 'Bike Ride' Country Music's Year Of The Woman http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/country-musics-year-woman <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yg05svXp98</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZfj2Ir3GgQ</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:52:00 +0000 Ann Powers 40402 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Country Music's Year Of The Woman Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/springsteens-american-dream-beautiful-and-bleak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYriU4bhW7I</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:06:00 +0000 Ann Powers 21143 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak The Many Voices Of Donna Summer http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/many-voices-donna-summer <em>Pop singer Donna Summer, whose long career began in the 1960s and reached its apex in the disco era of the '70s, died of cancer on Thursday at her home in Naples, Florida. Summer was 63 years old. According to </em>Billboard<em> magazine, the singer born LaDonna Gaines had 32 singles that charted in the Hot 100. Fourteen of them made it into the top 10. Thu, 17 May 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Ann Powers 18897 at http://publicradiotulsa.org The Many Voices Of Donna Summer