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After bouncing around the country writing songs and honing his craft, singer/songwriter Cass McCombs' insightful and emotionally rich work caught the ear of Baltimore label Monitor Records, who released his first EP, 2002's Not the Way. McCombs soon relocated to Baltimore and began working on his first album. A was released early the following year and was distributed in Europe and the U.K. by 4AD. McCombs and his band spent much of 2003 and 2004 touring, playing the All Tomorrow's Parties festival and supporting labelmates Blonde Redhead. Early in 2005, the Sacred Heart single revealed the more polished and poppy (though still dark) direction of his second album, PREfection, which arrived that spring. McCombs toured with Modest Mouse after the album's release. Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles and began work on his next album. Recorded in studios and at home, Dropping the Writ was released in October 2007, followed by Catacombs in 2009. For 2011's Wit's End, McCombs opted for a dark, chamber music-inspired sound. Before the year was out, he returned with another new album, Humor Risk. McCombs released the sprawling 22-song double album Big Wheel and Others in 2013. The record, which features vocals from actress Karen Black on one track, found the singer digging deep into Americana and exploring a wider range of sounds and styles than usual. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi