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What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

Author: Michael Marotta
09/22/2010 | Boston Phoenix | www.thephoenix.com | Live Show Preview
Part of the fun in our annual "50 Bands in 50 States" feature is unearthing new, up-and-coming acts in those pesky landlocked states that may not have hit our collective coastal pulse. Nebraska, perhaps the grandest fly-over state of them all, is the proud home of Laura Burhenn's the Mynabirds, who hit T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge tonight along with David Bazan + Band and Township's bearded wonder, Marc Pinansky. Advance tickets are sold out, but there should be some at the T.T.'s door after 6 p.m. and until doors three hours later. The show is hot hot hot.

As a primer, check the "Numbers Don't Lie" video above, and re-posted below are the deets from our 50 States spotlight in July, the Mynabirds repping the Cornhusker state:

CITY: Omaha

SONGS THAT GOT US: "Numbers Don't Lie," "Let the Record Go"

MYSPACE ADDRESS: myspace.com/themynabirds

RECORD LABEL: Saddle Creek

WHY THEM? Laura Burhenn, who basically is the Mynabirds, may not be the first singer-songwriter to do the soul-meets-Americana thing, but she certainly does a damn fine job of it. And unlike many of her more buttoned-up contemporaries, Burhenn's new album What We Losein theFire We Gain in the Flood actually has some teeth to it.

BONUS BIT! The Mynah Birds were a Motown band who once counted among their membership one Neil Young. Burhenn chose the name to pay tribute to both sources of inspiration.


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