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Cass McCombs, Lower Dens Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., July 26, 8 p.m. 2011

California-born singer-songwriter Cass McCombs must have been listening to nothing but Odessey and Oracle when he wrote and recorded his fifth album, the new Wit’s End (Domino); its beautiful, downcast folk-rock is full of the same sort of bittersweet melancholy that the Zombies nailed on their classic LP. Throughout Wit’s End McCombs goes heavy on the keys, especially various organs, which helps give his introspective style a psychedelic patina—and whether it’s that new element or something harder to pin down, the album has a haunting, mesmerizing quality I didn’t hear on previous efforts. Whatever McCombs listened to while making Wit’s End, he should keep it in constant rotation, especially if it means he’ll write more songs as memorable as “Memory’s Stain” and “County Line.” —Leor Galil

Price: $15

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