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John Maus Unleashes "Head for the Country" Video Ahead of Album Release

John Maus' eagerly awaited album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves drops next week and the artist has lined up a host of US dates to promote his new work (listed below). This week Maus gives us the Jennifer Juniper Stratford-directed video for "Head for the Country" that features the chilly visual climes of his native Minnesota blended with the warm electronic tones of his music. The giant satellite dish actually sits in his hometown Austin, Minnesota.

TOUR DATES

June 24 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street

June 25 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle

June 26 Detroit MI – Magic Stick

June 28 New York NY – Other Music (In-store event, 8 pm)

June 28 Brooklyn NY – Glasslands

June 29 New York NY – Mercury Lounge

June 30 Boston MA – Great Scott

July 02 Burlington VT – Monkey House*

July 03 Philadelphia PA – Making Time

July 05 Washington DC – Black Cat Backstage

July 06 Atlanta GA – The Earl

July 07 Birmingham AL – Bottletree

July 08 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks

July 09 Austin TX – Mohawk Inside

July 12 San Diego CA – Casbah

July 13 Costa Mesa CA – Detroit Bar

July 15 Los Angeles CA – The Echplex

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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Publisher: W. W. Norton
Author: Jessica Bruder
Publication date: 2017-09
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Cornet specialist Ron Miles, from Denver, brings in a stupendous band for a set of gorgeous, intriguing explorations that are lyrical, free, and incisive in turns.

Ron Miles has been a brass player on the scene for about 30 years. His primary association is with the versatile jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, in whose bands Miles has been a real voice — not just the trumpet player (or, more often these days, cornetist) but someone who carefully sings the songs, if instrumentally. He has also appeared on recordings by Frisell-linked musicians such as violinist Jenny Scheinman and keyboard wiz Wayne Horvitz, always bringing that sensibility: a tart, vocal lyricism.

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Here comes another Kompakt Pop Ambient collection to make life just a little more bearable.

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