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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Music Reviews
4:14 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

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2:07 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:48 pm

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Book Reviews
3:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:47 pm

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Movie Reviews
2:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:11 pm

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3:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

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Music Reviews
1:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

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3:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

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2:06 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own In 'Traveller'

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:16 pm

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3:41 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

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Music
1:20 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 1:31 pm

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.

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