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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Wednesday

Beyoncé bucks the country industry establishment with sprawling 'Cowboy Carter'

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Tuesday

Tierra Whack springs to the forefront of hip-hop creativity on a new album

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Tuesday

'Untame the Tiger' represents a high point of Mary Timony's adventurous career

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Thursday

New songs by Brittany Howard, Jim Kweskin and Colby T. Helms crackle with energy

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Monday

The Paranoid Style blends rock with literary flair with 'The Interrogator'

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Wednesday

A music critic revisits 2 artists he overlooked in 2023: King Tuff and Danny Brown

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Monday

Holiday songs from Cher and the Cowsills bring warmth and cheer to the season

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Monday

Guitarist Marnie Stern mixes wit and warmth on 'The Comeback Kid'

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Monday

Remembering power pop singer/songwriter Dwight Twilley

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Tuesday

The Rolling Stones prove surprisingly warm and lively on 'Hackney Diamonds'

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Friday

'Archives' box set surveys a crucial part of Joni Mitchell's pop career

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Tuesday

Musician Allison Russell is full surprises and ambition on 'The Returner'

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Monday

'They Live In My Head' is as vital any album the Bush Tetras have ever made

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Wednesday

MeShell Ndegeocello shows off her range and experience on 'Omnichord'

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Monday

Two new books take an unusual approach to music history and blues appreciation

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Monday

Janelle Monáe's 'The Age of Pleasure' album is exactly that

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Thursday

Jason Isbell and Rodney Crowell stretch their boundaries on two new albums

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Friday

Everything but the Girl's Tracey Thorn writes lyrics that capture women's inner lives

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Friday

Al Green's landmark R&B album 'Call Me' turns 50

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Tuesday

Lana Del Rey's ambitious new album is her riskiest to date

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Tuesday

Songs by Iris DeMent, Sunny War and Margo Price speak urgently to the current moment

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Monday

Caroline Polachek's new album pulses with the sound of exhilaration and relief

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Thursday

Bob Dylan's 'Time Out Of Mind' remains eerie and vital in a newly released version

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Monday

Dazy's exhilarating 'OUTOFBODY' sustains its quality all the way through

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