Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker appears in the following:

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

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.


There Is A Rich World In Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.


Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album

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.


Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

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.


James McMurtry Is More Expressive Than Ever On 'Complicated Game'

Monday, March 09, 2015

Complicated Game demonstrates a new range of style and subject matter for McMurtry.


Nora Jane Struthers Is Wide Awake On New Album

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.


Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

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.


Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

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.


Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

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.


Ty Segall Goes 3-D On 'Mr. Face'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ty Segall's new EP comes on two 7-inch discs that double as a pair of 3-D glasses.


D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Collapses Years, Genres

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for.


Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

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.


A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent

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.


Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

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.


Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

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.


Lee Ann Womack Scales Back And Goes Traditional And Moody

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.


Taylor Swift: The Peppiest Pop Star We Have Right Now

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1989 sidesteps country music entirely to become Swift's first pure pop album.

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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.