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Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 — and perhaps her life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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