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Cass McCombs at Music Hall of Williamsburg (October 28, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2016 — with 1 comment

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is one of the most reliable songwriters that American music has going right now. His new album Mangy Love is a testament of that, one of his very best to date (his first for Anti- Records), and one of my favorite albums of the year.

He brought the album to life with style and passion on October 28, at a sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Find photos of his performance posted below, along with the equally excellent opening set from Delicate Steve.
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Preview: Cass McCombs at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2016


(Photo by Rachael Cassells)
Cass McCombs continue to prove he’s simply one of the best songwriters that we got around right now with every release. Even so, even I was taken aback by how good and varied that his new album Mangy Love is (which was his first release on Anti-

His live show is not to be missed, and this show will be all about the gems off of Mangy Love. As he proved at his Bowery Ballroom show back in January, McCombs live show is as seasoned and effective as you’d expect. He’s back at it this Friday when he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it’s no surprise that the show is completely sold out.

There may be some at the door, so if you’re dying to go, swing by the venue ahead of doors. His shows are not to be missed, especially when McCombs us touring such a strong album.
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Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom (January 7, 2016)

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Cass McCombs delivered one of the first great shows on 2016 with his performance at Bowery Ballroom on January 7. The show served as both a support run for his 2015 compilation release A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc., as well as a chance to share some new songs.

I anticipated a set that leaned towards mostly new material, but no my surprise only three new songs were played (“River Of Blood,” “I Want To Know,” and “Why Does It Rain”). The rest of the set was classic Cass, which he and his band (now featuring two drummers) delivered with the precision and finesse that you come to expect.

The night come to an epic conclusion with a 13-minute delivery of “County Line” and then an even more epic 14-minute encore performance of “Dreams Come True Girl,” dual drum solo and all. The way he was able to stretch these songs into completely new arrangements was truly a thing of beauty, a testament to the power of live music.

You can find some more photos from the performance below, and stream the performance thanks to our friends at NYC Taper who recorded the entire show.
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Cass McCombs

When you think of Cass McCombs, the word consistent springs to mind. His record output is as steadily of quality, if not somewhat underappreciated throughout the years.

He recently rounded up a bunch of limited singles, b-sides and rarities in a anthology collection titled A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc, that Domino released in December

This Thursday night he’ll stop by Bowery Ballroom for a show celebrating the records release. Fans can be sure to hear a fair share of these songs, as well as other familiar favorites from McCombs discography. He always brings it live, demonstrating a different power in the live setting that is quite frankly, unshakeable.

Tickets for the Bowery show are still on sale. It’s sure to be one of the best shows that you can start the new year with. Soldiers Of Fortune will open the show.

PHOTOS: Cass McCombs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2014 — with 1 comment


All photos by Anthony Bauer

Thursday night saw the return of Cass McCombs to New York City. He played an intimate show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, wowing everyone in attendance, as usual. His live show never disappoints.

Our photographer Anthony Bauer was there to capture the evening in photos. You can find all of his shots from the night posted below, along with a stream of McCombs’ “Big Wheel.”













Cass McCombs

This Thursday night Cass McCombs returns to New York City to play at the always intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show continues McCombs tour for last years LP Big Wheel and Others, where I saw him play Bowery Ballroom.

There’s something powerfully real and human about seeing McCombs live. He’s a true performer, and leaves it all on stage. If you’re not captivated, you’re not paying close enough attention.

Tickets are still available for the show, but with only a few days until the show, I wouldn’t wait till the last minute for these. You don’t wanna miss this one.

Cass McCombs Higher

Last week Cass McCombs released a music video for his track “Big Wheel.” Today he’s shared another video from Big Wheel and Others. The latest is a dedication to the late Karen Black, who featured on his song “Brighter!”

McCombs got Black’s widower Stephen Eckelberry to direct the video. It’s a touching tribute that features footage of Black rehearsing the song with McCombs, as well as some of Black’s filmography, all projecting over Cass while he plays.

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Cass McCombs @ Bowery Ballroom (December 12, 2013)

By Will Oliver, December 13th 2013 — with 1 comment


This year Cass McCombs released his new record, Big Wheel and Others. He stopped by Bowery Ballroom last night to play tunes from that album, as well as the rest from his incredible discography, to a sold out crowd.

The last time I saw Cass, it was a very different occasion. It was about a year ago at the the Holy Trinity Church for a special benefit show for Hurricane Sandy. It featured acoustic sets from artists such as Cass, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, The Walkmen, and Real Estate. Cass delivered a powerful set, one that I will never forget. It was truly special, and unforgettable.

He worked his magic again last night, even if it was a drastic atmosphere change. He played in front of a cool backdrop of a fence with a string of glowing lights on it. They went hung tight to every word that Cass delivered, as powerful and dramatic as the next. Cass is underappreciated by many in my opinion, and hearing his wondrous gems live reaffirms that notion. He’s truly one of a kind.

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[new]: Cass McCombs – Brighter! (Feat. Karen Black)

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2013

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On October 15 Cass McCombs is returning with a a new album called Big Wheel and Others via Domino. It will feature a massive 22 songs.

Last month he shared a song called “There Can Only Be One” with us. Now he’s shared a track called “Brighter!” that he dedicated to the late Karen Black who takes over the vocals on it as well.

The last time they worked together was on “Dreams Come True Girl”, one of my personal favorites of McCombs. “Brighter” is a wonderful little dedication to Black. The soundcloud page reads:

Dedicated to the memory of Karen Black.

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