Ann Powers http://wuwm.com en God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music http://wuwm.com/post/god-drugs-and-lizard-aliens-yep-its-country-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWx6csgGkg4</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Ann Powers 29370 at http://wuwm.com God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music Make Peace With Pop: 6 Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With Everyone http://wuwm.com/post/make-peace-pop-six-songs-prove-pop-gets-along-everyone <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShSDMPlX8No</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou5T1SeGhOo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBr5FPIL8UU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtATrfNQJLU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzoazPPC7b8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36mCEZzzQ3o</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Ann Powers 28490 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void' http://wuwm.com/post/first-listen-ema-futures-void Erika M. Anderson appreciates the flickering quality of meaning. She likes the sparks that fly off sounds, igniting constructive confusion: the buzz that makes an old synth sound like a guitar, or the way an acoustic beat can crash into an electronic one to make a whole nervous system of rhythm. She's also into wordplay, starting with the name of her ongoing project EMA — an acronym that could stand for a government agency but, read another way, is a feminine name. Then there's the title of her second album, <em>The Future's Void</em>, with its odd, homonym-like instability. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 28053 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void' First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line' http://wuwm.com/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 27537 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line' Lady Gaga At SXSW: 'Don't Sell Out. Sell In.' http://wuwm.com/post/lady-gaga-sxsw-dont-sell-out-sell <em>On Friday, March 14, Lady Gaga gave the keynote at SXSW 2014, a long interview conducted by John Norris that covered her career in pop, from her roots in the rock clubs of downtown New York to her decision to partner with a corporate sponsor for the concert she performed at Stubb's the night before. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Ann Powers 26943 at http://wuwm.com Lady Gaga At SXSW: 'Don't Sell Out. Sell In.'