John Maus

John Maus



John Maus (born February 23, 1980) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and philosopher from Minnesota. His music is often compared to 1980s synth-pop due to its appropriation of vintage synthesizer sounds and Medieval church modes, and he is recognized as a forerunner to the late 2000s hypnagogic pop movement.[8][9] He is also a former teacher of philosophy at the University of Hawaii, where he later earned his PhD in political science.

In 1998, Maus left his hometown of Austin, Minnesota to study experimental music at the California Institute of the Arts. When he befriended and began to work alongside classmate Ariel Rosenberg (Ariel Pink), he took a greater interest in pop music. Much of his initial lo-fi work was created using a cassette multi-track recorder and an early 1990s synthesizer soundbank. It was not until the success of his third album, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (2011), that he grew more widely accepted as an outsider artist. On stage, he is known for his intense displays of emotion while performing.



Screen Memories
Screen Memories is an album by musical artist John Maus, released on October 27, 2017.
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves is the third album by American lo-fi musician John Maus, released on June 27, 2011.
Songs is the first official album by American lo-fi musician John Maus, released on 27 June 2006 by the British label Upset the Rhythm.
Love Is Real
Love Is Real is the second album by the American lo-fi musician John Maus, released in 2007 on the British label Upset the Rhythm.

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John Maus Terrifies and Delights at the Crocodile
  –  February 4, 2018
There is something slightly terrifying about a John Maus performance. His music–especially 2017’s Screen Memories–is apocalyptic and drenched in doom. But as he delivers his songs live, he appears to be genuinely tormented by them. His face contorts ...
Don't miss these shows to watch and concerts in south Louisiana (Feb. 2-8)
  –  February 1, 2018
Beyond Language: A Conversation With John Maus
  –  February 1, 2018
It’s been 20 years since John Maus began his life’s work: pursuing the idiom of pop music to its breaking point, first as a music composition student at CalArts. While some hold pop as a prime example of what is vulgar and banal, Maus proposes an ...
Ticket alert: Margo Price, X Ambassadors, Twin Cities Comedy Jam, Marco Antonio Solis and more
  –  February 1, 2018
$10-$12. … Wye Oak, May 19 at Turf Club. $17-$20. noon FRIDAY Los Amigos Invisibles, March 29 at the Cedar in Mpls. $20-$25. … John Maus, April 5 at the Cedar. $16-$18. … Nancy and Beth, April 19 at the Cedar. $30-$35.
52 exciting openings in Chicago in February
  –  January 31, 2018
Feb 18: Synth-pop crooner (and political science PhD) John Maus brings his catchy melodies to Lincoln Hall. Feb 18, 19: 15-member hip-hop collective Brockhampton comes to House of Blues, performing behind the three albums it released last year. Feb 20 ...
John Maus, LUKDLX
  –  January 31, 2018
The composer and synth pop artist performs at One Eyed Jacks. Mon. Feb. 5 | Screen Memories (Ribbon), the first new album in six years by synth storm-chaser (and Ariel Pink evil twin) John Maus, was recorded on homemade keyboards and swings between dreamy ...
Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave, The National, Lorde, Migos Lead Primavera Sound 2018 Lineup
  –  January 30, 2018
the return of Mike D (revisiting the classics by the much-missed Beastie Boys), John Maus and of Peter Perrett of The Only Ones, the new radical project by Fermín Muguruza with The Suicide of Western Culture alongside the celestial post-rock by Lift to ...
10 Best Concerts of the Week: Barry Manilow, They Might Be Giants, Walk The Moon and More
  –  January 29, 2018
If you're bummed that Say Anything's Max Bemis had to cancel the band's tour because he's sick, you can still catch some great shows from Børns, Barry Manilow, Black Taffy, John Maus and plenty of others. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, South Side Ballroom ...
John Maus and the Atomic Bomb
  –  January 29, 2018
Although the idea of the tortured artist toiling away in solitude has largely fizzled out and faded away, strayed from longheld historical assumptions about what makes a good artist, some unknowing hold-outs remain. For six years, pop composer John Maus ...
John Maus Live At The Belly Up
  –  January 28, 2018
Often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80’s drum machines and synth sounds employed, John Maus' music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event ...
Synth Maniac John Maus Comes to Portland Tomorrow
  –  January 25, 2018
For the past few years, John Maus has been toiling over his fourth album, Screen Memories, in his rural Minnesota hometown. Inspired by civilization’s quickening march toward the apocalypse, it’s a record of monolithic sounds and anxiety-laced lyrics ...
FADER Mix: Palm
  –  January 24, 2018
It’s about a family living in rural America during an economic recession and, in part, deals with the failing of the “American Dream.” You guys included John Maus's "Teenage Witch" in here. Who's your favorite witch? Blair. Java Trot - M Sage
Scott Walker: 'My last album was pretty perfect'
  –  January 15, 2018
Quite the opposite.” Debut LP. Three unrelated musicians – Scott Engel, John Maus and Gary Leeds – each adopted the surname Walker. The chart-topping, Burt Bacharach-penned Make It Easy on Yourself remains one of Scott Walker's signatures ...
Car Dealership’s Auxiliary Lot Flooded In McCandless
  –  January 12, 2018
The high water that the vehicles sat in caused some of the alarms to activate. “This is our auxiliary lot,” said John Maus, of Shults Ford. “We share it with Baierl Chevrolet Acura and Subaru. Basically, this is our run over lot that we use when we ...
Ticket Booth: Live music picks, new concerts on sale
  –  January 11, 2018
Omaha bluesman Little Joe McCarthy will play at 6:30 p.m. at Ozone Lounge, 7220 F St. No cover. Experimental singer-songwriter and composer John Maus will play Reverb Lounge on Jan. 17. Tickets, $13, at Rapper, guitarist and producer Wyclef Jean ...

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