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Cass McCombs Brings New Tunes to The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow

December 11th, 2013

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs’ calling card is his distinctive voice, both lyrically and aurally. Prior to actually releasing any music, his dark, funny stories earned him a slot touring with one of Will Oldham’s  bands and Oxes, which eventually led to McCombs putting out his debut EP, Not the Way, in 2002. Two LPs, and stints in the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore, followed before he found himself on the road with Modest Mouse. Since then, McCombs (above, doing “County Line” for Pitchfork TV) has relocated to the mellow vibes of California, but he remains as busy as ever. Despite putting out not one but two well-received albums in 2011, Wits End and Humor Risk, the indie-minded troubadour returned this year with a double LP, Big Wheel and Others (stream it below). In a review filled filled with praise, Pitchfork says it “takes root in this fertile soil of Americana, crafting a sprawling cosmology out of its characters from the past two centuries.” But, of course, the music is actually a lot more fun than that, especially played live. So check out Cass McCombs tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom.