Cass McCombs (born Concord, California in 1977) is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for releasing a number of solo albums since 2002. Blending genres such as rock, folk, psychedelic, punk, and alt country, he played in numerous bands in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, often in DIY spaces, before relocating to New York. He moved to San Francisco in 2001, where he recorded his debut E.P., entitled Not the Way E.P., released on Monitor Records in Baltimore. McCombs then recorded a Peel Session for John Peel in 2003, and that year released his first LP A, also touring with Baltimore’s OXES as his backing band. McCombs and his band spent much of 2003 and 2004 touring, performing everywhere from the All Tomorrow's Parties festival to house shows. McCombs otherwise divided his time amongst the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore.
In spring 2005 he released PREfection on Monitor Records and 4AD, and in support of the album he toured with Modest Mouse. Later that year, he decamped to Southern California to begin work on his third full-length, Dropping the Writ, which was released on October 9, 2007, by Domino Records and later named one of Amazon.com’s Best Albums of 2007. Also in 2007 he toured with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. He signed a multiple-album deal with Domino Records, who released his following four records including Catacombs (2009), which was voted one of the “50 Top Albums on the Year” by Pitchfork. The following three were Wit's End (2011), Humor Risk (2011), and Big Wheel and Others (2013).
He toured with John Cale in 2012, and also performed at the benefit concert Occupy Sandy. Other bands he has performed or toured with include Cat Power, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Papercuts, The Shins, Iron and Wine, Deerhoof, The Walkmen, Jana Hunter, Thurston Moore, and The War On Drugs. His single "Bradley Manning" premiered on the Democracy Now News Hour in 2012.  His songs have been featured in films including Thomas Campbell's 2009 surf film The Present and Ralph Arlyck documentary Following Sean, as well as notable skate videos featuring Jason Dill, Jerry Hsu Chima Ferguson and Dylan Rieder. His song "Bobby, King of Boys Town" appeared in HBO show Girls (Season 2, Episode 9 - "On All Fours").
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- ^ Best Music of 2007. Amazon.com.
- ^ Pitchfork Staff (December 17, 2009). Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2009. Pitchfork Media.
- ^ Domino USA (January 27, 2011). Cass McCombs Returns With a New Album. Press Release.
- ^ Domino USA (August 17, 2011). Humor Risk. Press Release.
- ^ JettyGirl Surf Movie Review - The Present, a film by Thomas Campbell. Retrieved 1-28-11.
- ^ Following Sean - Production Credits. PBS. Retrieved 1-28-11.
- ^ Dill, Jason (December 27, 2008). Jason Dill DVS Skate More.
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- ^ TV Movie Songs Retrieved 3-31-13.