Ken Tucker appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.