You’ve probably heard by now that John Maus has a PhD in Philosophy. It’s been looked at as a curiosity in the music press for a while, but it’s far from the strangest thing about him.
It’s always been a wild ride with the lo-fi pop wizard, whether it be his onstage thrashing or the intellectualization of action movie soundtrack aesthetics in his songwriting. You can confidently say that Maus is not a boring guy.
After meeting Ariel Pink in school back in 1998, Maus went on to be one of the original members of Pink’s Haunted Graffiti ensemble. This also led to a stint playing keyboards for Panda Bear. Meanwhile, Maus was working on his own absurdist, hypnagogic pop compositions. While early reviews were unkind, Maus would laughingly post the scathing assessments on his MySpace.
Today, many of those critics have eaten their words. Maus’ 2011 album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves was met with near-universal praise for its delirious interpolation of new wave melody and Maus’ rumbling baritone. Later, Maya Rudolph would sing the album’s single “Quantum Leap” in a short film for KENZO directed by Natasha Lyonne. Again, it’s always a strange story with Maus.
Maus returned in 2017 with his first studio album in six years, only to announce a companion record would follow in 2018. This revival of creative output also saw Maus recruit a live band to accompany his onstage aerobics. With this fresh burst of energy imbued in his work, this may well be the best possible time to catch Maus in performance.
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- 40 Watt Sun
- Ada Lea Alder & Ash Alimony The Allovers Also Also Also Ancient Pig The Avulsions
- B*les & The Suede B.A. Johnston Bad Buddy Basic Instinct Bat Fangs BB BB Mars BBQT Bebe Buckskin Billy Moon BIRDO Black Thunder Blessed Blue Odeur Blue Youth The Body Body Lens Bodywash Bog Bodies Borscht botfly Boyhood Bridal Party Building Confidence Through Play Burnt Shrines
- Calisthenics Camille Delean Carbolizer Carissa Gem Cartel Madras Cascades Caves Chained by Mind Cherry Glazerr Cherubs Chief n' Council Chieftain Chiffres Chron Goblin Chunder Buffet Chuurch Cold Water Conversations with Bears Counterfeit Jeans CRABSTYLE Crims & Flow Crom/Dam CROTCH Cryptorips Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dadweed Dark Time Deerhoof Deliluh Dillon Nathaniel Dirty Projectors Discovery Zone DJ Dine & Dash DRI HIEV Ducks Unlimited Dumb
- Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio empath ÉMU Eucademix The Ex-Boyfriends Expanda Fuzz Eyeballs
- Faith Healer Family Injera Feed Dogs Feel Alright The Flaming Lips Fountain Friesen/Waters Duo From Russia with Love (ARG vs CRO) future star Fuzzy P
- The Garrys Ghost Woman Glaux Glum Gone Cosmic Goosebump Griefwalker Grouper Guerilla Toss
- HAIRNET Hales Nwad Harrison Brome Heavydive Hermitess HomeSick Hood Joplin Horse Girl Hot Garbage housepanther Hugh Man HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik)
- J Blissette Jack Sinclaire Janitor Scum JayWood jo passed Jock Tears John Maus Jonathan Kawchuk josh pan Julius Sumner Miller Jung People - Ambient Set Justin Wright
- K-Riz Kandekt Kari Faux
- Lab Coast Lambsbreath Le Plaisir Leather Jacuzzi Lido Pimienta Lié Life In Vacuum Lingua Ignota Live CJSW Sessions Lost Creatures Louis Cza Lucid 44 LYRIQUE & The Honor Roll
- Mad Ones Mademoiselle Magic & Johnson Mahogany Frog Man Meat The Mandates Mark Adam Marlaena Moore Mary Timony Plays Helium Matthew Cardinal Melted Mirror Michael Rault Miesha & The Spanks Mob Bounce Moths & Locusts Mount Eerie Mount Kimbie myst milano.
- Natural Selection DJs Necking nêhiyawak Nick Schofield No Warning NOVEMBER
- OAKK ohmwar OpenEnd Ora Cogan Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie Oseko Owen Pallett with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
- Paradise Passive Peach Kelli Pop Peach Pyramid Petra Glynt Pin-Bar Guest DJs The Plodes Polly Dactic POSTNAMERS Prissy Whip Psychic Pollution
- The Radiation Flowers Real Sickies Redress respectfulchild respectfulchild & An Ant And An Atom Russell Louder
- Samantha Savage Smith SBDC Scattered Clouds Screaming Targets Selci Shabazz Palaces Sharing Shearing Pinx The Shiverettes Sightlines Silkq Sister Ray SLATES Slow Slow Tide Slut Prophet smoke eaters Smokey & the Feeelings Snotty Nose Rez Kids soft cure Solid Freex Speed Strips Strangerfamiliar Subjectivity Sunglaciers Supermoon Swim Swim Team Symfan Synkro
- TBA TechOne Territories Text Chunk THICK Thundercat Too Attached Touching God Trash Hawks Trigger Warming Truster Tyondai Braxton
- Ufomammut Uncanny Valley
- Valiska Vanta Vase VICTIME
- Wand Wayst WHAT A TIME White Hills WHOOP-Szo WILL CLARKE Will Clarke B2B Dillon Nathaniel Wine Lips Wire Spine Wish Lash Woodhawk WORLD BRAIN Wye Oak
- Year of Glad YEP