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

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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Virtual Band Gorillaz Brings Intimacy And Eager Energy To 'The Now Now'

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Drake Steps Forward As The Morrissey Of Hip-Hop On 'Scorpion'

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New Songs That Will Make You Want To Crank The Volume

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Beyoncé And Jay-Z Present A Unified Front On 'Everything Is Love'

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Father John Misty Mixes Egotism And Humor On 'God's Favorite Customer'

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Snail Mail Delivers Sturdy Guitar Riffs And Soaring Vocals On 'Lush'

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Courtney Barnett's New Album Blends Forceful Guitar With Lyrical Complexity

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Rapper Cardi B Expands Her Musical Range On 'Invasion Of Privacy'

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Ashley Monroe Embraces Countrypolitan Classicism On 'Sparrow'

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From BlocBoy JB And Drake To Post Malone, A Roundup Of Catchy Hip-Hop

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Singer-Songwriter John Prine Draws On His Roots With 'Tree Of Forgiveness'

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Tracey Thorn Mixes Dance Rhythms With Raw Honesty On 'Record'

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Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'

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Brandi Carlile Rejects Bitterness And Self Pity On 'By The Way, I Forgive You'

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Kendrick Lamar Channels A Superhero's Conflicts And Strength On 'Black Panther'

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