Ann Powers

Ann Powers is a critic at NPR Music. She is the former Los Angeles Times' chief pop critic and the author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America.

The Music Club
Dec. 20 2013 6:33 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 12: I found pop utopia—at a Bruno Mars concert.
The Music Club
Dec. 17 2013 10:30 AMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 4: Pop music’s great subject this year: income inequality.
The Music Club
Dec. 21 2012 1:14 PMThe Music Club, 2012The rise of the Alabama Shakes and other reasons to love Americana.
The Music Club
Dec. 30 2011 3:15 PMThe Music Club, 2011Is it sexist to despise the music of Lana Del Rey?
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2011 1:55 PMThe Music Club, 2011Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and the rise of women in hip-hop.
The Music Club
Jan. 27 2011 4:55 PMThe Mainstream Is a Dying Beast
The Music Club
Jan. 24 2011 3:47 PMLearning To Love Katy Perry; Learning To Cope With Critical ADHD
The Book Club
Nov. 9 2010 2:36 PMWhat Sinatra Learned from Ava Gardner
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2009 10:11 AMA Final Farewell to Michael Jackson
The Music Club
Dec. 9 2009 5:33 PMA Defense of Lady Gaga
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2008 6:22 PMIn Defense of Axl Rose
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2007 1:40 PMPanda Bear Literally Puts Me to Sleep
The Music Club
Dec. 17 2007 7:35 AMWhy Patty Griffin Makes Me Cry
The Music Club
Dec. 20 2006 1:37 PMLearning To Love the Dixie Chicks
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2002 6:27 PMTwo Sublime Experiences and a Heavy Question
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2013 6:02 PMThe Music Club, 2013A great year for movie music and music movies.
The Music Club
Dec. 26 2012 4:04 PMThe Music Club, 2012We need to talk about Rihanna.
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2012 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2012I for one welcome dancing back to the center of the pop experience.
The Music Club
Dec. 23 2011 3:47 PMThe Music Club, 2011How Adele makes the “ordinary” profound.
May 11 2011 11:26 AMThe Return of J. LoHow did this happen?
The Music Club
Jan. 25 2011 2:26 PMEmbracing the Randomness of Pop Music
The Book Club
Nov. 10 2010 2:08 PMWe Need To Discuss Nancy. Also, Frank's Custom Underwear.
The Book Club
Nov. 8 2010 1:54 PMWhat Sinatra Learned From Billie Holiday
The Music Club
Dec. 15 2009 4:37 PMThe Year in Musical Sex
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Dec. 23 2008 1:41 PMIs the Internet Making Us Love Insular Music?
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Dec. 18 2008 11:50 AMTwilight of the Pop Gods
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Dec. 18 2007 10:45 AMLil' Wayne Reminds Me a Lot of Axl Rose
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Dec. 22 2006 3:51 PMThe Fray Is Not Just a Band
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Dec. 19 2002 3:49 PMGoing for the Big Try
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Dec. 17 2002 5:12 PMThe J. Lo-Down




The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
Business Insider
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PM How One Entrepreneur Is Transforming Blood Testing
Oct. 1 2014 11:59 AM Ask a Homo: A Lesbian PDA FAQ
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM “I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
Oct. 1 2014 12:19 PM Homeland Is Good Again For now, at least.
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM Watch a Crowd Go Wild When Steve Jobs Moves a Laptop in This 1999 Demonstration of WiFi
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.