Ann Powers http://knba.org en First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' http://knba.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 13680 at http://knba.org First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' http://knba.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 13166 at http://knba.org First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed' http://knba.org/post/first-listen-lee-bains-iii-glory-fires-dereconstructed In north central Alabama, punk rockers often know as much about football as they do mosh pits. A guy with an arm-sleeve tattoo will open the door for a woman and call her "ma'am." Self-identifying as a blue dot in a red state doesn't preclude Sunday brunch with relatives whose own cars boast confederate-flag stickers. Mon, 19 May 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Ann Powers 11383 at http://knba.org First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed' First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void' http://knba.org/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 9517 at http://knba.org First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void' Hearing Devotion In Pop's Details http://knba.org/post/hearing-devotion-pops-details <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Ann Powers 8147 at http://knba.org Hearing Devotion In Pop's Details