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Blue October has grown somewhat used to hearing compliments. After all, its last album, 2006’s “Foiled,” went platinum and launched the hits “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.”

But bassist Matt Novesky says the praise that means the most to the Texasbased group comes from its live performances.

“One compliment that we get a lot is, ‘Man, you guys are better than your CDs. You know, you guys are actually a live band that sounds better than what I hear on record,’ ” Novesky, 32, says. “And that means the world to us, you know, because we pride ourselves on putting on a great show.”

Blue October is trying to do just that in support of its fifth album, “Approaching Normal,” which debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in March. The album was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band) and recorded at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios near Blue October’s home base of Austin, Texas.

And, according to Novesky, while frontman Justin Furstenfeld remains the chief songwriter, “Approaching Normal” represents “more of a group effort” than its predecessors.

“We all got together and worked up a lot of these songs from scratch,” the bassist explains. “It made us feel good as a team. There’s a lot of camaraderie on this record. It was really cool.”

Blue October performs Saturday (May 16) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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