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How Land Lines Became Your Favorite Band's Favorite Band

When it comes to music, Land Lines' Martina Grbac has wanted something bigger for as long as she can remember. When she was in the fifth grade, her elementary school set out dozens of instruments in the auditorium to help students decide which ones they might want to play. Grbac had decided ahead of time to get a flute, which she thought matched her personality. "At first I thought, 'Yeah, okay. That's obviously the instrument to play,'" she recalls. "You wear Keds, you play the flute." But when she walked into the auditorium, she was immediately drawn to a large and imposing black case in the corner of the room. "As soon as I saw the cello, I knew that was the one," she says. "I was 100 percent sold. I don't remember seeing any of the other instruments. It was pure magic. It was the only choice. "

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Andy Thomas is a music journalist who hopes other music journalists write nice things about the music he performs. He lives in Denver with his wife, their two cats and a massive pile of unfinished projects.
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