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Ann Powers

When: Fri., Jan. 16, 4:15 p.m. 2015

ANN POWERS

UNC'S GERRARD HALL, CHAPEL HILL | FRIDAY, JAN. 16

In a sense, Ann Powers is America's Music Critic. No, she's not at the Times (though she's been at both, in Los Angeles and New York) or The Village Voice, another place that her byline once loomed large. Instead, Powers now works at NPR, where her broad but perspicacious evaluation of popular music depends on deep understandings of American musical heritage and cross-curricular readings on philosophy, feminism and race. In the last year, she's written inspired pieces about the shameless ability of white institutions to incorporate and commoditize black talent, and the disconnect between songs at the top of the charts and what she called 2014's "summer of discontent." Today, she delivers a talk titled "Blurred Lines: Pop, Technology, and the 'Soft Self' in 21st-century America." 4:15 p.m., free, 160 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, 919-962-1039, www.music.unc.edu. —Grayson Haver Currin

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