Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

First Listen: Ibibio Sound Machine, 'Uyai'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nigerian singer Eno Williams has crafted a collection of irresistible, multidimensional anthems that reach far beyond the borders of geography, music and emotion.


First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Benjamin John Power's noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions.


Adolescence Isn't The Only Horror In 'The Mercy Of The Tide'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Zinemaker and designer Keith Rosson's debut novel is set in a small Oregon town in the 1980s, where the rain pours down, jellyfish rot on the beach — and a strange supernatural force is on the move.


First Listen: Teen Daze, 'Themes For Dying Earth'

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The British Columbian synth band conjures breathtaking vistas, exotic flora and meteorological phenomena on its new album.


'Six Wakes' Is A Nerve-Tingling Interstellar Murder Mystery

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In Mur Lafferty's latest, six crewmembers wake up to horror on a malfunctioning spaceship — the artificial gravity is gone, and blood floats in the air. It's up to them to find out what happened.


First Listen: Porcelain Raft, 'Microclimate'

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Many journeys and attempts to commune with nature compelled Mauro Remiddi to make Microclimate. If the album's hushed, lush grandeur is any indication, that connection was a profound one.


First Listen: Ty Segall, 'Ty Segall'

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The prolific singer, songwriter and bandleader balances confined chaos and riotous pop hooks on his newest self-titled album.


'Martians Abroad' Is An Optimistic Glance Into Humanity's Future

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carrie Vaughn — known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasies — ventures offworld with Martians Abroad, a high-school adventure that pays fun, thoughtful homage to Robert Heinlein's "juveniles."


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.