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Traveling Minstrel Cass McCombs Brings His Unique Brand Of Folk Music To Lincoln Hall

By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 26, 2012 10:00PM

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The nomadic and enigmatic singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has long been one of our favorites here on the Chicagoist staff. It is no wonder really that we are very anxious to take in a live performance by this traveling minstrel this Sunday, January 28 at Lincoln Park's gorgeous eat, drink, musical merry-making rock club, Lincoln Hall.

Over the course of 2011 McCombs has been extremely busy recording not one, but two albums, insistently touring the states and Europe and of course dropping lyrical witticisms that make our toes curl and our ears rejoice. McCombs is probably content to meander across the country, being that he has called half a dozen cities, including Chicago, his home over the past decade.

We had a look at McCombs' first full-length record, Wit's End, of 2011 earlier in the year only to find it's severely morose beauty greatly to our liking, but a total and utter bummer to spin on our turntable. His second record released last year, Humour Risk, more closely resembled his earlier album, Dropping the Writ, a jaunty ride through McCombs' psyche complete with his trademark witty yet poignant lyrics, which left us in a tizzy--in a good way.

In other words, get off your couch this Sunday and get over to Lincoln Hall to catch this guy. His catalog is top notch and boasts a diverse and complex sound to boot. You won't be sorry you did.

Cass McCombs, Sunday, January 28, 8 p.m., Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 21+, $15