Thursday, May 5, 2011

John Maus "Believer"

Hey kids - just getting my head above water after a pretty trying first half of the week in the "real" world... back to the more pleasurable grind here at Stark HQ. Sometimes, it's just not clear whether we're distinctly "for" or "against" a new artist or tune. John Maus' much buzzed upcoming record We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves drops June 28. The focus track "Believer" is above. There's a lot to like here (80s melodies, risky vocal choices/effects), but also a lot to dislike (a little too Altered Zones cliche for us). At its heart though, there's something very intriguing and captivating about this tune. So for now, I'll just let you absorb the above, and if you see me at the bar, tell me what you think. I'm gonna let this one sink in a bit and get back to you. Maus is touring w/ the most excellent and underrated Puro Instinct. Dates after the jump.

Tour dates:

May 07 Providence RI – RISD
May 09 Brooklyn NY – Glasslands
May 13 Los Angeles CA – The Echo

With Puro Instinct:
June 18 San Francisco CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
June 20 Portland OR – Doug Fir
June 21 Seattle WA – Chop Suey
June 24 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street
June 25 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle
June 30 Boston MA – Great Scott
July 3 Philadelphia PA – Making Time @ Voyeur
July 5 Washington WA – Black Cat Backstage
July 6 Atlanta GA – The Earl
July 7 Birmingham AL – Bottletree
July 8 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks
July 9 Austin TX – Mohawk Inside
July 12 San Diego CA – Casbah
July 13 Costa Mesa CA – Detroit Bar

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