Always be wary of those who throw around Hemingway and Raymond Carver in their bios, but McCombs' dreamy and incisive pop nearly backs up his bravado. Sporting as large an ego and sense of melancholy as classic mopers Ian McCulloch and Morrissey, McCombs' latest, PREfection, is overloaded with woe. Songs like "She's Still Suffering" and "Equinox" are grandiose and downright lovely--modern pop for the genuinely disaffected. Live, he and his unassuming band are sure to stir up all those feelings you just thought you had forgotten. Cass McCombs opens for Modest Mouse.