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First Listen : John Maus - The Combine

First Listen is the part of Musos' Guide where we tempt you in with lesser played tracks from the recent past or this very minute. Enjoy.

Live Dates:-

Aug 31 || Tucson, AZ || HOCO Fest 2017 
Sept 1 || Los Angeles, CA || Zebulon [SOLD OUT] 
Sept 14 || Boston, MA || Middle East Downstairs * [SOLD OUT] 
Sept 15 || Montreal, QC || Rialto Theatre (Pop Montreal) 
Sept 16 || Hudson, NY || Basilica Soundscape 
Sept 17 || Cleveland, OH || Mahalls * 
Oct 12 || San Diego, CA || Soda Bar [SOLD OUT] 
Oct 13-15 || Joshua Tree, CA || Desert Daze 
Oct 14 || San Francisco, CA || The Chapel # [SOLD OUT] 
Oct 15 || San Francisco, CA || The Chapel # 
Oct 16 || San Francisco, CA || The Chapel # 
Oct 21 || Bristol, UK || Simple Things Festival 
Oct 23 || Tbilisi, Georgia || Spacehall (Lecture) 
Oct 24 || Tbilisi, Georgia || Spacehall (Live) 
Oct 25 || Istanbul, Turkey || Zorlu Performing Arts Center 
Oct 27 || London, UK || The Dome 
Oct 28 || Nantes, France || Soy Festival 
Oct 31 || Porto, Portugal || Maus Habitos 
Nov 1 || Lisbon, Portugal || ZDB 
Nov 3 || Madrid, Spain || Café La Palma 
Nov 4 || Barcelona, Spain || Festival Conjunta Vacio #5 
Nov 6 || Paris, France || La Maroquinerie 
Nov 7 || Strasbourg, France || La Laiterie 
Nov 9 || Gent, Belgium || NEST 
Nov 10 || Brussels, Belgium || Les Ateliers Claus 
Nov 11 || Utrecht, Netherlands || Le Guess Who Festival 
Nov 13 || Aarhus, Denmark || Tape 
Nov 14 || Copenhagen, Denmark || Jazzhouse 
Nov 15 || Berlin, Germany || Festsaal Kreuzberg 
Nov 16 || Prague, Czech Republic || Meet Factory 
Nov 18 || Leipzig, Germany || Transcentury Festival 
Nov 20 || Düdingen, Switzerland || Bad Bonn 
Nov 23 || Manchester, UK || The White Hotel 
Nov 24 || Dublin, Ireland || The Grand Social 
Nov 25 || Glasgow, UK || CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) 

* w/ Protomartyr 
# w/ Ariel Pink 


Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

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By opting for something akin to a Bassett's Allsorts advert for the cover of third album Escape From Evil Lower Dens, in stepping away from their resolutely black & white previous cover art, give a handy visual signal that what's contained within is also of a more colourful nature.

There's a greater expansiveness to opening track 'Sucker's Shangri-la' than the band have previously been known for with Jana Hunter's vocals shining through her self-production to a far higher degree than in the past. This in turn elevates her overall presence across the album's ten tracks. The signs were always there of course but clearly the band needed to work up to this point at their own pace, achieving a body of work in the process that although differing noticeably from its earliest point to its latest yet remains cohesively linked.
Bigger venues surely beckon for the band's next time out on the road, a fact that may well fill long term fans with horror but which the group now seem entirely ready for, both in terms of having the songs to reach every corner of those halls and the greater confidence with which to deliver them. They'd have got there eventually but with Escape From Evil under their belts the awkward transition that in the main dogs such steps up at a certain point has definitely been side-stepped.    
2012's Nootropics exposed a greater number of people to Lower Dens' textural and more left-field abilities whilst Hunter's stand against the likes of Spotify did much to highlight the iniquities of the payments made by such websites. With Escape From Evil the band will hopefully continue to manage to have no recourse to the latter as they comprehensively build on that growing fan-base with this set of warm, cleanly produced and tonally absorbing songs. 

Escape From Evil is available from amazon & iTunes.

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