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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Vampire Weekend's 'Father Of The Bride' Puts A Light Touch On Heavy Topics

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Decades Later, Nat Turner Rebellion Makes Its Debut With 'Laugh To Keep From Crying'

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Lizzo Proves She's Ready For The Big Time With 'Cuz I Love You'

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The Mekons Celebrate Restlessness And Exploration On 'Deserted'

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Wily And Clever, Billie Eilish's Debut Album Sounds Like No One Else

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Robert Forster Gets Playful — And Intense — On 'Inferno'

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Carsie Blanton Is Delightfully Surprising On 'Buck Up'

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Maren Morris Takes A Step Beyond Country With 'Girl'

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'Modern Sounds' Re-Release Revives Ray Charles' 1962 Venture Into Country

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New Albums By Steve Gunn And Michael Chapman Showcase The Guitar's Complexity

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3 Hip-Hop Singles Represent A Diversity Of Sounds

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Sharon Van Etten Presents A Richer, Fuller Sound On 'Remind Me Tomorrow'

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Tracey Thorn's album Record tops Ken Tucker's list of the best music of 2018. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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Ken Tucker Picks His Favorite Albums Of 2018

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Cardi B; Ethan Hawke in First Reformed; Sandra Oh in Killing Eve. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; A24; Sophie Mutevelian/BBC America hide caption

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Christmas Albums By Rodney Crowell And The Monkees Capture The Spirit Of The Season

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