Ken Tucker appears in the following:
Friday, May 29, 2015
The Welsh band's name is a play on that of singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. Ken Tucker likens the group's second album to a high-wire act accompanied by "furiously strummed punk-rock guitar chords."
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.
Friday, May 01, 2015
McKay's new album My Weekly Reader is a collection of covers of songs made famous in the 1960s. The range of material is wide — from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."
Monday, April 27, 2015
Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Barnett just released her first full album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.
Monday, March 09, 2015
Complicated Game demonstrates a new range of style and subject matter for McMurtry.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Given the content of the songs, the title Wake seems, in part, to refer to an awakening Struthers has had about who she is, what she wants to do, and how she wants to sound.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Ty Segall's new EP comes on two 7-inch discs that double as a pair of 3-D glasses.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.