Ann Powers http://wnku.org en God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music http://wnku.org/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 34657 at http://wnku.org God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music First Listen: Robert Ellis, 'The Lights From The Chemical Plant' http://wnku.org/post/first-listen-robert-ellis-lights-chemical-plant The quality of mystery is undervalued in music these days. It's often mimicked via indecipherable lyrics, mumbled vocals or spooky sound effects, but that's not the real stuff. Rarely does anyone touch upon that delicate, open-ended state of unknowing that can descend on any given day, whether you're locked in a lover's embrace or just sitting in front of the television.<p>Robert Ellis is pursuing that kind of mystery. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:25:20 +0000 Ann Powers 31873 at http://wnku.org First Listen: Robert Ellis, 'The Lights From The Chemical Plant' Hurray For The Riff Raff's New Political Folk http://wnku.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 31599 at http://wnku.org Hurray For The Riff Raff's New Political Folk The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations http://wnku.org/post/knife-shaking-expectations <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10F0ezCTIQ</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Ann Powers & Jacob Ganz 30907 at http://wnku.org The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations