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Jason Heller

Jason Heller appears in the following:

'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse, alternate-history Wild West, full of talking animals and vampires.

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First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Where the band's last album used prickly electronics and cavernous arrangements to hold humanity at arm's length, Deep In The Iris turns those elements into lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption.

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First Listen: Mew, '+-'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Six years after its last full-length album, the Danish progressive-pop band has morphed again, this time into a more streamlined, potent, startlingly evolved version of itself.

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'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alex Marshall (a pseudonym for an established author taking an epic new path) creates a memorable heroine in Cobalt Zosia, a retired general who's drawn back into blood and struggle against her will.

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'The Only Words' Remembers Love And Science After The Apocalypse

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Jeffrey Rotter's new novel follows a young man searching for connection in a post-apocalyptic America. Critic Jason Heller calls it a "humbling monument to the sorrow, and the power, of loneliness."

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'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).

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First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.

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First Listen: The Soft Moon, 'Deeper'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Amid the clipped one-word titles and ominous synthesizers, there's a desperation to connect — and a soundtrack for dancing.

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First Listen: Lower Dens, 'Escape From Evil'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Navigating the complicated circuitry of modern love, singer Jana Hunter echoes both '80s synthpop greats and the biggest Greek goddess of all.

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'The Only Ones' Puts A Heartbreaking Spin On Dystopia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Veteran rock critic Carola Dibbell ventures into fiction with The Only Ones, a tale of an unconventional family in post-pandemic America. Critic Jason Heller says calls it "heartbreakingly beautiful."

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'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ian Tregillis' new novel is the start of a series, set in an alternate 1926, that follows a robot's search for humanity against a backdrop of science, philosophy and a grand struggle between empires.

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First Listen: The Go! Team, 'The Scene Between'

Sunday, March 15, 2015

With the aid of mostly unknown guest vocalists, the group's proven formula receives a fresh shot of youth, enthusiasm and pure pop fierceness.

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'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.

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First Listen: Swervedriver, 'I Wasn't Born To Lose You'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The British shoegaze band's first album in 17 years sounds dreamy, subtle and winning. It mostly eschews the rocking of Swervedriver's early years, but it compensates with disarming beauty.

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First Listen: Moon Duo, 'Shadow Of The Sun'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Visceral yet dreamy, the band's third album plumbs ever deeper into droning psychedelia. Moon Duo's influences are easy to spot, but the music feels like part of a continuum rather than a pastiche.

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'Find Me' Gets Lost Along The Way

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reviewer Jason Heller says Laura Van Den Berg's first novel has a stellar setup — mysterious young woman, post-disease-apocalypse — but drifts listlessly, never quite living up to its premise.

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Music Is Troublesome Magic In 'Signal To Noise'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel bounces back and forth between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009 to tell the story of a young woman who finds she can make magic — actual, dangerous magic — with music.

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'Finn Fancy' Is Urban Fantasy With A Pop Culture Sweet Tooth

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Randy Henderson's debut deals with sinister magic and family tragedy, but reviewer Jason Heller says it still has plenty of a rare commodity in current fantasy: laughs, laughs, and more laughs.

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First Listen: A Place To Bury Strangers, 'Transfixiation'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

There's a new-found tightness in the band's attack that's as refreshing as it is menacing. Destructive and dreamy, Transfixiation is the sound of APTBS turning its demolitionist tactics on itself.

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First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Sauna'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

An arresting, frozen-moment splay of images and emotions, Phil Elverum's latest album as Mount Eerie feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.

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