Ken Tucker

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Ex Hex's 'Rips' Does What It Says On The Cover

Monday, October 20, 2014

The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.


Art In The Age Of Prince

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.


Blake Mills' Restless 'Heigh Ho' Is A Roundabout Journey

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mills' new album, his second, is notable for the diversity of its sound.


Pere Ubu's 'Carnival Of Souls' Is A Dreamscape That's Never Dreamy

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.


The New Pornographers Return With A 'Celebration Record' That's Fun To Figure Out

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.


At 71, Elvin Bishop Is Still Vigorous, And Can Do Wrong Right

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.


Benjamin Booker Is Raw, Yet Disciplined On Debut Album

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.


At 74, Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Is Still An Outlier

Monday, August 11, 2014

Billie Joe Shaver has just released his first new studio album in six years, called Long in the Tooth.


Spoon Wants Your Soul

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


Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

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 โ€” and perhaps her life.


Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

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.


The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new album from Cowboy Jack Clement has the prolific producer performing many of his best-known compositions with help of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and John Prine.


If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.


Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds

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


Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

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.


Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

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.


Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.


John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

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 โ€” or invent anew.


Two New Items From Hank Williams

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.


Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

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.