Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Tucker is the author of Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About Television.

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11:22am

Tue October 22, 2013
Music Reviews

It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now'

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:58 pm

Linda Thompson's new album is called Won't Be Long Now.
Annabel Vere Courtesy of the artist

Linda Thompson is probably best known for the albums she recorded with her husband Richard Thompson in the '70s and early '80s. They divorced, and Thompson has maintained a sporadic solo career. Her new album is a family affair, featuring some accompaniment by her ex-husband, and some songs written with her son, the singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson.

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11:03am

Mon October 14, 2013
Music Reviews

'The Blow' Puts An Artsy, Electro-Pop Spin On Attraction

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:04 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album, "The Blow" by the music and performance are duo called The Blow which was conceived by its singer, Khaela Maricich. Melissa Dyne plays a more behind the scenes role, arranging, mixing and co-producing much of this new collection. The music made by The Blow can be broadly labeled as electro pop, but Ken says it goes further than that.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A KISS")

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10:14am

Thu October 10, 2013
Music Reviews

Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:13 pm

James King.
Julie Lilliard King Courtesy of the artist

On Three Chords and the Truth, bluegrass musician James King picks from the canon of country music to rearrange its songs as bluegrass. On The Bluegrass Album, country star Alan Jackson has recorded his first collection of bluegrass music — some classics, some originals.

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12:19pm

Wed October 2, 2013
Music Reviews

On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:28 pm

HAIM.
Tom Beard Courtesy of the artist

12:40pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Music Reviews

Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:40 pm

Burden of Proof is Bob Schneider's third album.
Dan Winters Kirtland Records

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