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Cass McCombs: Enigmatic and Complicated

Cass McCombs is an ingenious and unorthodox singer-songwriter with influences ranging from The Velvet Underground to Morrissey. His style blends folk and art-pop and McCombs is often distinguished by his crooning and described as an indie heartthrob.

Though born in Concord, Calif., he set off to the east coast at 23 and began performing at open mics around New York City and Baltimore. McCombs' travels throughout the states inspired many of his vivid and often whimsical lyrics. Though some are enigmatic and complicated, they encourage the audience to not only listen to the music, but also analyze it. His quirky lyrics combine with surrealist music to create eccentric, tender work.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.