Jason Heller

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First Listen: Austra, 'Future Politics'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Katie Stelmanis' music questions, confronts and uplifts without scaremongering or sugarcoating. In an age of doom and gloom, it's a radical approach.


Returning To A Beloved Series In 'The Heart Of What Was Lost'

Thursday, January 05, 2017

It's been 23 years since Tad Williams wrapped up his epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Now, he returns to the land of Osten Ard in a brief gem of a story that sets up a fresh epic to follow.


'Platinum Age' Is An Engaging Guide To Great TV

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Longtime Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli's new book lays out what he calls the "Key Evolutionary Stages" in the development of the medium — and the constant conversation we're having with it.


First Listen: Highly Suspect, 'The Boy Who Died Wolf'

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An unexpected Grammy nominee earlier this year, the Cape Cod band fine-tunes its retro-grunge attack into something far more dynamic, soulful and alluring.


'The Mountain Of Kept Memory' Is A World To Get Lost In

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Rachel Neumeier's novel is classic high fantasy: A prince and princess must work together to save their kingdom. It's not new territory, but it is a richly imagined world worth spending time in.


First Listen: Sleigh Bells, 'Jessica Rabbit'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The duo's fourth album is a testament to the power of a celebration gone weird, with chopped-up and resequenced hooks working as the raw material for a scathing, fragmentary kind of pop.


First Listen: Lambchop, 'FLOTUS'

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kurt Wagner's ambition has taken a hard left on the Nashville group's new album, which ditches Lambchop's typical organic feel for something far more progressive.


First Listen: Jim James, 'Eternally Even'

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The My Morning Jacket frontman adopts the role of gravel-voiced doomsayer in a new solo album that takes grim foreboding and makes it funky.


Fact, Fiction, History And Heart Converge In 'The Terranauts'

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

T.C. Boyle's new novel is ripped from the headlines ... of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.


'Thrill Me' Gets Personal About Life And Writing

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Writer Benjamin Percy has been on both sides of the divide between literary and genre fiction, and Thrill Me is both a meditation on the writing life and a passionate argument against that divide.


First Listen: TOY, 'Clear Shot'

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The British band's third full-length is proof of just how vivid and inviting psychedelic music can be in the 21st century.


'The Wangs' Is Sparkling Family Travelogue — With Teeth

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Jade Chang's debut novel follows former cosmetics magnate Charles Wang, whose business empire has collapsed, as he herds his fractious family on a cross-country roadtrip to their new home.


'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.


First Listen: Pixies, 'Head Carrier'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The inspired Head Carrier reaffirms all the spark, wit and weirdness, tempered by the occasional burst of emotional rawness, that made people fall in love with the Pixies in the first place.


'Children Of The New World' Aims A Cautious Eye At Our Technological Future

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Alexander Weinstein's debut story collection is a harrowing vision of the near future as a place of both technological wonder and dysfunction — and a nuanced look at where humanity might be headed.


First Listen: Against Me!, 'Shape Shift With Me'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

On the band's follow-up to Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the personal and political dovetail into an inseparable tangle of anxieties and fuel for protest.


First Listen: Dawes, 'We're All Gonna Die'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Through travelogues, story-songs and a literary quality that's been honed to a cutting edge, Taylor Goldsmith and his band have crafted their most ambitious record to date.


First Listen: Teenage Fanclub, 'Here'

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Poignant and bittersweet, the Scottish pop band's 10th album captures the way things slip away — and are clutched tighter as a result.


'Curioddity' Needs More Curiosity, More Oddity

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins tries his hand at the novel with Curioddity, but this quirky tale of imagination and innocence regained is smothered in smirking self-consciousness.


'Breath Of Earth' Is A Brisk, Relevant Alt-History Barnstormer

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beth Cato's new book is set in an alternate version of San Francisco where geopolitical intrigue and homegrown unrest complicate a young earth magician's attempt to head off the great quake of 1906.