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By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 16, 2009

"My mother has a deep voice, my sister too," she says. "But it never occurred to me to sing with it." Whereas Trullie's deep boyish timbre was a quirk that took time for her to appreciate (like her red hair), on Self-Taught Learner it's the star of the show, and together with her knack for slack melodicism and her lax delivery, it freshens her songs' familiar vintage with a young-sounding spirit. It's easy to get caught up in the sound of a new place, but here one hears less the style of the moment than the substance of a life lived at full tilt.

"Not to hate, but one of the great things about living in the city and making art is that you're surrounded by these minions of one kind of style that's fashionable," she concludes. "But the things that aren't like that stick out, and they say something."

LISSY TRULLIE + MIKE BONES + XYLOS | T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | December 15 at 9 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.BEAR or

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