Ken Tucker appears in the following:
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Williams is commonly considered the most important country music songwriter. Critic Ken Tucker has a review of a newly released CD of radio broadcasts and DVD of TV performances.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.
Monday, May 05, 2014
On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."
Friday, April 04, 2014
The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran often places his left-wing politics front and center in his music and his art. Here Be Monsters has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Olsen has often been called a folk singer, but Ken Tucker says her new album — her first with a backing band — takes her music into an unclassifiable realm.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.