Music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from Alabama Shakes and Bonnie Raitt.
Alabama Shakes releases their first full-length album, "Boys & Girls." Fronted by Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes combine genres like soul, Americana, blues, and garage rock for a sound that's reminiscent of music decades ago.
Raitt releases her first album in seven years, "Silpstream." The nine-time Grammy Award winner released the album with no major label support — the first time she's done so in a career that spans four decades.
Ann Powers is a music critic and correspondent for NPR.