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2009 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Dirty Projectors

    published November 5, 2009

    After paying tribute in record to both Don Henley and Black Flag — not to mention collaborating with both David Byrne and Björk... More >>

  • Chad Price

    published November 5, 2009

    The music of Fort Collins's Drag the River has never been short of heartache. But with his debut solo album, Smile Sweet Face, Drag... More >>

  • Oh, the Horror!

    published November 5, 2009

    Dario Argento isn’t exactly a practitioner of cinematic restraint. But few films by any director can touch the lurid, phantasmagoric... More >>

  • Back Right In

    published November 5, 2009

    Previously taking place every Friday, but now going down once a month on First Friday, the live-music event known as Backwards Records... More >>

  • String Cheese With Everything

    published November 5, 2009

    Bill Nershi hasn't had a shortage of talented musicians at his side over the years. As a founder of the String Cheese Incident, leader of... More >>

  • Christ on Parade

    published October 29, 2009

    Born Against, Millions of Dead Christians, Christ on a Crutch: Traditionally, hardcore punk bands haven't cut the Christian religion a hell of... More >>

  • The Show Is the Rainbow

    published October 29, 2009

    Never afraid to lubricate the dance floor with a little well-slung mud, Darren Keen of Nebraska's one-man band The Show Is the Rainbow is as... More >>

  • The Skyline Surrender

    published October 29, 2009

    Denver has no shortage of young, hungry metalcore bands. The Skyline Surrender isn't any less ambitious than the rest — but its debut EP,... More >>

  • Bright Lights, Big City

    published October 29, 2009

    Author Jonathan Lethem created a huge fan base with the rich, imaginative fiction of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of... More >>

  • Playing the Part

    published October 29, 2009

    Even bands like to dress up for Halloween. Last October, Boulder funk outfit the Motet picked the Talking Heads as the inspiration for its... More >>

  • As much as he loves being in Drag the River, Chad Price digs making music on his own

    published October 22, 2009

    Let's live hard together!" So declares the MySpace bio of Ault-based singer-songwriter Chad Price, a man known to pack more heartache and... More >>

  • The Dodos

    published October 22, 2009

    Unlike their sonic brethren the Animal Collective on the East Coast, San Francisco's the Dodos keep it simple — but hardly stupid.... More >>

  • Uncle Monk

    published October 22, 2009

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Ramone knows a thing or two about sheer volume: As a founder and producer of the Ramones, the drummer... More >>

  • Sci Times

    published October 22, 2009

    Last year, Denver's MileHiCon ran concurrently with the World Science Fiction Convention, one of the biggest and longest-running events of... More >>

  • Stiff Morals

    published October 22, 2009

    The Victorian era is known for many things — but sexual openness isn't one of them. The reign of Queen Victoria during the latter half of the... More >>

  • BrakesBrakesBrakes

    published October 15, 2009

    "Don't take me away, spaceman/I want to stay here on this wasteland," sings BrakesBrakesBrakes' Eamon Hamilton on "Don't Take Me to Space... More >>

  • Mount Eerie

    published October 15, 2009

    When performing solo, Washington state's pop savant Phil Elverum operates under the name the Microphones — but when he hauls his troupe... More >>

  • St. Elias

    published October 15, 2009

    Hindsight may be 20/20, but it still seems too soon to truly get a big-picture idea of what the '90s were all about. Luckily for St. Elias, the... More >>

  • Science of Fiction

    published October 15, 2009

    When Michael Chabon won the 2008 Locus and Hugo Awards — two of science fiction's highest honors — for his novel The Yiddish... More >>

  • Cross Over

    published October 15, 2009

    The world grows stranger every day — not that that's a shock to fans of The Twilight Zone. The seminal television drama not only... More >>

  • Box Elders

    published October 8, 2009

    Like a Brillo pad stuffed with a gooey cream filling, Nebraska's Box Elders smuggle sweet and luscious pop songs inside a raw, scratchy-as-hell... More >>

  • Science Partner

    published October 8, 2009

    Although it's labeled as a mere demo, this three-song, self-titled disc from Science Partner — formerly the Tyler Despres band — is... More >>

  • Voices Carry

    published October 8, 2009

    When Peter Yarrow’s appearance at the Tattered Cover was announced a few weeks back, it seemed like it might be just another night of... More >>

  • The Dear Hunter

    published October 1, 2009

    It's important to take note of Boston's the Dear Hunter, if for no other reason than to not confuse the group with Deerhunter, the... More >>

  • The Intelligence

    published October 1, 2009

    Like a jerkier, dirtier version of avant-rockers Clinic, California's the Intelligence hijacks indie rock with an arsenal of skin-peeling... More >>

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