Ken Tucker appears in the following:
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.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Womack, who had the hit "I Hope You Dance," hasn't released a new album since 2008. The sound of her new album The Way I'm Livin' is different from the country music dominating the industry.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
1989 sidesteps country music entirely to become Swift's first pure pop album.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Prince has released two new albums simultaneously: Art Official Age appears under his own name, and PlectrumElectrum is the debut record of a Prince back-up band called 3rdEyeGirl.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Mills' new album, his second, is notable for the diversity of its sound.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Led since the late '70s by co-founder David Thomas, Pere Ubu has created something far more rich, experimental, and emotional than the spooky, horror-movie that Carnival of Souls is named for.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Brill Bruisers is a collection of lushly arranged and harmonized pop. While Neko Case, Dan Bejar and A.C. Newman make moody music individually, there's a brightness when they come together.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The white bluesman whose corny jokes have made his music enduring and fun has a new album Can't Even Do Wrong Right. He has a raspy chuckle in his singing, and he plays the guitar precisely.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White's recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Billie Joe Shaver has just released his first new studio album in six years, called Long in the Tooth.
Monday, August 04, 2014
They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency
Monday, July 28, 2014
Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.