Ann Powers http://klcc.org en First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' http://klcc.org/post/first-watch-maddie-tae-girl-country-song It's starting to seem like even the bros are tired of bro country. The truck-loving Florida Georgia Line has switched up its game with the chart- dominant "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uphHWxmFU" target="_blank">Dirt</a>," a sensitive ballad about marriage and farming. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Ann Powers 18098 at http://klcc.org First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-jenny-lewis-voyager "Nostalgia has no place for the woman traveling alone," the great travel writer Mary Morris once wrote. "Our motion is forward, whether by train or daydream." She's describing a necessary ruthlessness: Women are so often defined by their attachments (family, romance, even the fetishes of style) that becoming light enough to move often requires behavior others might read as cruel or, at best, distanced. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:20:00 +0000 Ann Powers 17852 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-morrissey-world-peace-none-your-business The rhetorical essence of punk is the decision to say what others believe should not be said. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 16956 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' The Hits Of Yesterday And Today http://klcc.org/post/hits-yesterday-and-today <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFEmTsfFL5A</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ASUImTedo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh2xe4jnpk</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:33:00 +0000 Ann Powers 16773 at http://klcc.org The Hits Of Yesterday And Today He'll Be There For You http://klcc.org/post/hell-be-there-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkqVm5aiC28</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlYcUqEPN58</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1oM3kQpXRo</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Ann Powers 16336 at http://klcc.org He'll Be There For You First Listen: Jim Lauderdale, 'I'm A Song' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-jim-lauderdale-im-song I recently ran into <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=Jim+Lauderdale">Jim Lauderdale</a> at a party in Nashville, and I couldn't tell if his shirt was made of silk or cotton. Covered in fiery little dragons that seemed to flit around inside its piped seams, it was a beauty. Lauderdale told me it was made of breathable material and that it came from London. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 16075 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Jim Lauderdale, 'I'm A Song' A Gentle Buzz At The CMA Music Festival http://klcc.org/post/gentle-buzz-cma-music-festival American music festivals used to be mostly a summer thing, but in many ways they now frame the concert experience all year round. In these temporary hot spots for pleasure and cultural conversation, new artists emerge as sensations and established ones do special things with fans. Culture watchers note fashion trends and predict whose careers will rise and fall by observing what emerges from festivals' impromptu communities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Ann Powers 15393 at http://klcc.org A Gentle Buzz At The CMA Music Festival First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-willie-nelson-band-brothers When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396875/willie-nelson">Willie Nelson</a> was a young hustler selling songs to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396529/patsy-cline">Patsy Cline</a>'s people, he probably never thought he'd become the crowd-anointed sage of country music. But that's what happened as the Redheaded Stranger went gray, turned smoking weed into a brand and a virtue, and produced a discography that added up to its own American Songbook. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 15094 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers' Miranda Lambert's 'Priscilla,' An Ode To 'Being Queen Of A King' http://klcc.org/post/miranda-lamberts-priscilla-ode-being-queen-king Pop stars are the ideal companions of their fans' daydreams, speaking their most romantic hopes and defiant declarations through the songs on the Top 40. Miranda Lambert, however, is the kind of friend who's not going to take anybody's bull. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 14801 at http://klcc.org Miranda Lambert's 'Priscilla,' An Ode To 'Being Queen Of A King' First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping' http://klcc.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 14791 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'