Jason Heller

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  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    Metal-core must be a harsh mistress; otherwise, you'd think that more bands in the genre would at least try to inject a shred of originality or imagination into their music. If Orange County's Scars of Tomorrow don't necessarily succeed in escapin...

  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    It's been two and a half decades since Cocteau Twins concocted the formula, but there's still something thrilling about a moody chanteuse backed by soaring, symphonic ambiance. Headlights is the newest avatar of the form -- and while its sound soa...

  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    It's one thing to say that Band of Horses is influenced by Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, and The Shins. But there isn't a single sound on Everything All the Time, the Seattle group's debut, that doesn't come from one of these three influences....

  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    Unless you're a barfly or an Enzyte stockholder, "stiff" isn't a very fetching adjective. At best, it connotes cold reserve and efficiency; at worst, it means corpse. And yet stiff will go down as the prevalent rock descriptor of the early '00s, w...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    "You know the rose girl that goes around selling roses in bars and restaurants?" asks French-born, Arizona-based songwriter Marianne Dissard. "That's what I used to do in downtown Tucson. Tucson is not like Paris. There aren't a lot of people on t...

  • 10 years ago | Local Wire

    What do Willie Nelson and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips have in common? Besides resin-caked brainstems, both legends have handpicked the same unknown singer-songwriter as an opening act: Travis Graves, otherwise known as Mt. Egypt. And while his...