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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Meet the Robisons

Oh, brother! Country stars Bruce and Charlie Robison aren’t just siblings, but members of their own mutual admiration society.

Joshua Boydston February 16th, 2011

Bruce Robison
10 p.m. Saturday
Charlie Robison
10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25
Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan, 601-6276

For the way Bruce and Charlie Robison’s careers have gone, you’d think they must have been plotted since birth. Wrong.

“We never planned for anything like this,” Bruce Robison said. “We were off to college and had no thoughts of playing music. When we both dropped out of college and decided to move to Austin, we kind of just fell into it.”

Added Charlie Robison, “There wasn’t even anybody that was musical in our family. We were all fans and grew up on a ranch together with a lot of good music being played, but that’s about it.”

It’s become the brothers’ lives and livelihood, each one mirroring the other. They’ve both released more than a halfdozen albums, written hit singles and sustained successful solo country careers for more than 15 years. The pair has traveled a parallel path from the very beginning, and every intersection has pushed them farther than before. It’s appreciated now, but the invisible cord was resented before.

“I used to hate it,” Bruce Robison said. “When we first started out, it was like getting a job and having your sibling at the next desk over, and you were just trying to get noticed and figure out who you were.”

“When I hear one of his records, it gets me inspired and wanting to write,” Charlie Robison said. “It’s the same way with him. It’s not some competition … it just helps fuel the creative fire for both of us.”

I used to hate it.

—Bruce Robison

For all their similarities, there are just as many differences, and that’s probably why sibling rivalry didn’t get the best of them.

Bruce is the songsmith and vanguard who keeps his eye on industry trends; Charlie is the truer performer, with the charisma and presence of the country troubadours of the 1970s and ’80s. They both admire what the other has and strive toward it.

“We go about music a lot different,” Charlie Robison said. “He’s a technician with the songs, he writes all the time, and is one of those people who write three to four days a week. I’m on the road a little more, do a lot more traveling, and I’m the one writing ideas on napkins in a hotel room, putting it together a week before I go into the studio.”

Said Bruce Robison, “When we were growing up, he was much more of a gregarious, explosive kind of personality, and that’s the way his music comes out. He has that feeling like Willie or Merle where he can sing anything. He has a persona that comes through really strong, and that’s a gift.”

Looking forward, Bruce Robison is planning a duets album with his wife, Lawton-born Kelly Willis, as well as a steady stream of digital singles; Charlie Robison is preparing to record a followup to his 2009 album, “Beautiful Day.”

Until then, both will continue to tour, realizing it’s only a matter of time before their paths cross again, like their nearmiss at Wormy Dog Saloon, with each playing within a week’s time.

Bruce Robison will have you know they look forward to that now.

“It’s hard to imagine doing this alone,” he said.

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