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Music: Cass McCombs

By Rich Shivener · July 21st, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends
Try picking a venue here that suits Cass McCombs and his Catacombs well. Would it be the Mad Hatter? (Maybe.) Madison Theater? Taft? If he is touring the new album, he needs a lot of space, some place where he could thrive — at least on the material from Catacombs, his fourth and latest offering.

Most songs are AltCountry — among them, “You Saved My Life” owns the sappiest of pedal steel lines, but overall, though, Catacombs is a dreamy slow burner.

McCombs really hit his stride when he released the kaleidoscopic Dropping the Writ with Domino Records in 2007, becoming labelmates with The Arctic Monkeys, Lightspeed Champion and Yo! Majesty.

The Baltimore native is still under the radar, though — perhaps because he averts interviews, as Domino even admits in a bio (“Understand that all there is to know about Cass McCombs can be found in his songs,” it reads).

He plays the Mad Hatter with The Walkmen and the Pomegranates. Get show details and Sound Advice here.



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