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2003 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Hit Pick

    published December 25, 2003

    Zombies are shambling, reanimated corpses that drip with decay and a cold, bloodless contempt for all human life. Zombie Zombie is like... More >>

  • Tin Men

    published December 18, 2003

    There's a very little-known installment of the Shaft movie series where Richard Roundtree's funky detective gets sent to bust some pimps... More >>

  • Time of the Season

    published December 11, 2003

    It's easy to see why autumn is a lot of people's favorite season. For one thing, it isn't so goddamn hot. Summer simmers down to a chilly lull,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published December 11, 2003

    Every time some subterranean sound decides to paint itself up and whore itself out to the hoi polloi, there's a legion of bands left behind to... More >>

  • Shout at the Devil

    published December 4, 2003

    Sucking Satan's dick can really change a person. Just ask Rodney Mitchell, a guy who's been taking his lumps for years playing music in what... More >>

  • Lab Dance

    published November 27, 2003

    It looks more like Eastern Europe than East 13th Avenue, more Carpathian Mountains than Capitol Hill. The building is straight out of Gothic... More >>

  • Perfect Rx

    published November 20, 2003

    Epiphanies are like assholes: Everyone has one, most stink and not even surgery can purge them. Consider as a case in point the 33-year-old,... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published November 20, 2003

    There's death in the undergrowth, black and loamy. It crouches beneath broad green leaves like puddles of shadow, sucking at wet roots and bare... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published November 20, 2003

    Paisley shirts. Nehru jackets. Chelsea boots. Gregg Kostelich probably got his ass kicked quite a bit during the 1980s. In the middle of that... More >>

  • Wired Science

    published November 6, 2003

    I never saw any relation between my upbringing and the art that I do," says j.frede, the former Denver aesthetic agitator who now resides in Los... More >>

  • Knock 'Em Dead

    published October 30, 2003

    Mark out the points! Build the pyre! Assemble different drummers! Light up the fire! Put on your masks and animal skins!" Dictums for an... More >>

  • Fall Guys

    published October 23, 2003

    They climb on the stage like acrobats tiptoeing onto high wires. Their moves are poised, exact; their balance and dexterity are honed to surgical... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published October 23, 2003

    Cello plus drums and screams: How can you go wrong? Especially if you're the Portland duo known as Discharge Information System, who... More >>

  • Black Humor

    published October 16, 2003

    There's a fine line between myth-making and fucking around. Tons of rock bands throughout history have been as good, if not better, at playing the... More >>

  • Tales From the Script

    published October 9, 2003

    It's a muggy August night in Omaha, and outside the weathered Sokol Auditorium, kids line the sidewalk like a string of firecrackers waiting to go... More >>

  • Love Me Destroyer

    published October 9, 2003

    Geez, aren't you supposed to lighten up as you get older? Love Me Destroyer is the new incarnation of Pinhead Circus, the much-loved outfit... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published October 9, 2003

    Who'd have thought that a band like the Clash would ever make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? True, Joe Strummer and company did flirt with... More >>

  • Serious Funnies

    published October 2, 2003

    So there's this guy who lives a life of hushed, isolated desperation. He works crappy jobs and has bad luck with girls. Because he's from the... More >>

  • Grave Expectations

    published October 2, 2003

    Expectations. Sometimes they can ruin everything. Most people spend half their time trying to cram everyone around them into molds and the other... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published October 2, 2003

    Prometheus, says the myth, stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. For this heinous transgression, he was chained to a rock and forced to... More >>

  • Nerves You Right

    published September 25, 2003

    It's like the flutter of a bug caught in a cobweb, or the jittery split second before a first kiss, or maybe even one of those tics throbbing deep... More >>

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    published September 25, 2003

    Everyone's cashing in on this whole "black" thing. Black Keys. Black Eyes. Black Dice. Black Flag. Black Sabbath. Ritchie Blackmore. None More... More >>

  • Shriek and Spell

    published September 18, 2003

    When it comes to centers of power, none in history can approach the hubristic might of Washington, D.C., the seat of the American Empire. And yet,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 18, 2003

    In today's climate of indie-rock sarcasm, a band called Destroyer plays sweet, sophisticated pop, while groups with names like Sparkles play music... More >>

  • Digging Roots

    published September 11, 2003

    "I can't remember the last time I listened to a country record." For most people, that would be a pretty innocuous statement. But for someone... More >>

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