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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Brittany Howard Draws Listeners In With 'Jaime', A Very Personal Solo Album

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Country star Dolly Parton, signing a guitar alongside writer Dayton Duncan (center) and filmmaker Ken Burns (right). PBS hide caption

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Filmmaker Ken Burns Goes Wide, But Not Deep, In His Chronicle Of 'Country Music'

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Lana Del Rey Crafts A Hypnotic California Sound On 'Norman F****** Rockwell!'

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Chuck Cleaver Gets Wonderfully Expressive On His First Solo Album

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Beyond 'Old Town Road': 3 Catchy Songs Tap Into 2019's Summer Spirit

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Titus Andronicus Explores Its Punk-Rock Side In 'An Obelisk'

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Buddy And Julie Miller Create Their Own Genre On 'Breakdown On 20th Ave. South'

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Country Music Gets A Hip-Hop Infusion With 'Old Town Road' And 'The Git Up'

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Willie Nelson's Voice And Spirit Remain Strong On 'Ride Me Back Home'

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Bruce Springsteen Puts A Twist On California-Style Pop With 'Western Stars'

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'Love Starvation/Trombone' And 'Transience' Speak To Past Sans Nostalgia

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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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