Ken Tucker Ken Tucker is the pop music critic for Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
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Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker

Pop Music Critic, Fresh Air

Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Tucker is the author of Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About Television.

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Jackson+Sellers bring passion and grittiness to 'Breaking Point'

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'Feel Flows' captures the Beach Boys at the peak of their artistry

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Remixed Pere Ubu Albums Bring Fresh Intimacy To The Band's Vocals

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Actor Karen Black Shines As A Singer/Songwriter On 'Dreaming of You'

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Songs Of Summer, From Olivia Rodrigo, Willow And Japanese Breakfast

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Posthumously Released Prince Album Speaks To Today's America

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Albums By The Murlocs And King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Explore New Sounds

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3 New Songs Show How Veteran Musicians Keep Things Fresh Over The Long Haul

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New Takes On Old Songs In 'Standing In The Doorway' And 'The Waylon Sessions'

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Allison Russell Displays A Bursting Range Of Music On 'Outside Child'

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Sophia Kennedy's 'Monsters' Showcases The Method Of A Restless Experimenter

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Carsie Blanton's Open-Hearted Protest Album Is Equal Parts 'Love & Rage'

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Elizabeth King's Gospel Sound Transports Believers And Non-Believers Alike

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Julien Baker Chronicles Her Own Path To Redemption On 'Little Oblivions'

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With 'The Dream' Hailey Whitters Sings About The Ups And Downs Of Showbiz

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