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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Lynne her your ears

After more than two decades in the business, sometimes Shelby Lynne feels like she’s only just now got the hang of it.

Matt Carney January 25th, 2012

Shelby Lynne
8 p.m. Thursday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley

While plenty of industry honors, roles in film and television, and appearances on late-night shows have all come Shelby Lynne’s way over her two-plus decades’ career, she’s never forgotten the fundamentals of her craft.

“With acting, I pretty much just use my singing credentials,” said the 43-year-old contemporary country singer-songwriter, who plays The Blue Door on Thursday. “I’m totally into that if something comes up that feels right.”

Something did come up when, back in 2005, Lynne appeared on the big screen as Carrie Cash, mother of Johnny, in the Oscar-winning biopic “Walk the Line,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Man in Black. She’s also had a few similar, smaller roles on TV, and while she finds it good fun, she said it hasn’t done too much for her presence as a musical performer.

“I try to keep [acting and music] separate,” she said. “Most everything I write comes out as a poem first. Sometimes they’ll turn into a song, and I don’t think acting has too much to do with that.”

That poetry flows from “Revelation Road,” the Grammy winner’s most recent and personal record, in which she focuses on details so specifically, they evoke a clear scene around the listener.

“I’m trying to write a story and paint a picture at the same time, is how I look at it,” she said, nodding to great Oklahoma songwriters Jimmy Webb and Woody Guthrie, the latter of whom she didn’t discover until her late 20s.

“Jimmy’s one of the greatest. We all look up to Jimmy, and I keep him really close to my heart and pen,” she said. “In my last 10, 12 years of my life, I’ve tried to educate myself on Woody. When you’re a kid, you look for that melody, but now I certainly appreciate his folk symbolism, and I probably wouldn’t have got that as a kid.”

Despite being around long enough to remember recording on cassette tapes, Lynne keeps her songwriting from turning pessimistic by staying wide-eyed. “I feel like now I’ve just gotten better, gotten the hang of it,” she said. “I’d not be here, lasting if I’d just slipped in and slid through and was lazy about it. I take it very serious. I want to do something great, so I keep that in the front. It’s my guiding light.”

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