The 10 Best Country Outlaws

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The rogue western figure has been making its way back into pop culture recently, not only with musicians like country artists like Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves, but also in television and movies, most notably with the Elmore Leonard (RIP) adapted FX series Justified. Between Justified’s season finale Tuesday night and the Archer season surrounding Cherlene turning into an outlaw country star (“OUTLAW COUNTRY!”), here are our 10 favorite country outlaws.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Solo Careers

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After dropping our Review Royale of the new Justin Timberlake album this week, we thought it would be a good idea to tackle artists that have gone solo for our list this week.  We already broke down the best albums released by an artist after going solo in honor of Jack White releasing his first solo record.  So we thought, “Why not just look at solo artists career as a whole, after leaving their band/group.”  Easy enough to find plenty to pick from, but exceedingly difficult to pick just ten for this particular list.  We had to axe a couple that simply didn’t have enough solo material to justify putting them above more established solo musicians (Dan Auerbach and Jack White).  We just can’t be sure which direction people with just one solo album will go.  Back to the band or keep going on their own.  Either way, there were some very tough cuts, but we think we came away with a list worthy of your attention.  Enjoy, and let us know who we missed, left off, or shouldn’t have included at all.

10. Justin Timberlake

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Following the “hiatus” of ‘N Sync in 2002, JT quickly released his solo debut Justified.  I know of at least a few sophomores and juniors in high school who couldn’t resist the former boy-bander’s cool pop sound.  Little did we all know, Justified would serve as merely a bridge to even more progressive and layered pop sounds.  FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience have done more than show off JT’s love of the backslash, affirming Timberlake as pop icon.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Television Programs of 2012

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2012 was a great year in television.  Unfortunately, that means the shows we are used to being great stayed great for the most part, without much new blood being thrown into the mix.  In fact, only one new show cracked our eight selections below (the top 5 plus each of our “just missed”).  New shows like The Newsroom on HBO, and NBC’s big-budget post-apocalyptic program Revolution were summarily awful (not that I expected too much out of Revolution, but come on, JJ Abrams has to have another hit in him at some point).  ABC’s Last Resort showed quite a bit of promise, with an intriguing premise and solid cast, but no one cared enough to tune in, so it already got the axe.  And the new sitcoms, my god the new sitcoms.  They were all awful.  So, back to the established shows to scratch our TV itch.  Enjoy, and as always, let us know what we missed, forgot, or even if you agree.

5.  Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope & Co. just keep the train rolling during the fourth and fifth seasons, after really hitting hitting its stride during season three.  The ensemble cast, anchored by Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe has now been a cohesive unit for three seasons, making every interplay between the characters all the funnier.  Hopefully, people keep watching at a high enough level to keep this rare network gem on the air.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 TV Shows of 2011

I think I like my programs a little more than Wes and Todd, so it is fitting that I should write this up. It was a pretty good year in television overall, but there were some disappointments. True Blood followed 10 different storylines at the same time and couldn’t keep it all together. Dexter fell apart in the second half. Walking Dead trashed an opportunity with a lackluster second season. And Californication started to jump off the rails in a really bad way. But all in all, I can’t complain. Here ya go.

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