SXSW 2010 Preview

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Timber Timbre (left), Peter Wolf Crier (top right) and Grass Widow.

Next week, NPR Music heads to Austin, Texas, to blog, broadcast and webcast nearly a dozen live concerts from this year's South by Southwest music festival. Spoon headlines NPR Music's opening-night showcase on March 17, with additional performances by Broken Bells, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Walkmen and Visqueen. Our live concert webcasts continue March 18, with Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, Local Natives, Brooklyn Rider, G-Side and Smith Westerns. But that's just the tip of a very large iceberg, as the NPR Music team spreads out across Austin in search of great musical discoveries.

To prepare for this year's SXSW, the crew at All Songs Considered listened to samples of more than 1,000 bands that will be performing in Austin. On this edition of the show, host Bob Boilen chats with NPR Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson about some of the artists they discovered, including the metal group Black Cobra, dark folk artist Timber Timbre, rapper Rye Rye and much more.

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SXSW 2010 Preview

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The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads

  • Artist: The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads
  • Album: The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads
  • Song: Work
 
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Black Cobra

  • Artist: Black Cobra
  • Album: Chronomega
  • Song: Negative Reversal
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  • "Negative Reversal"
  • Album: Chronomega
  • Artist: Black Cobra
  • Label: Southern Lord Records
  • Released: 2009
 
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The Strange Boys

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  • Song: Be Brave
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  • "Be Brave"
  • Album: Be Brave
  • Artist: The Strange Boys
  • Label: In The Red
  • Released: 2010
 
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Best Coast

  • Artist: Best Coast
  • Album: When I'm With You
  • Song: When I'm With You
 
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Admiral Radley

  • Artist: Admiral Radley
  • Album: I Heart California
  • Song: I Heart California
 
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Mickey

  • Artist: Mickey
  • Album: She’s So Crazy
  • Song: She's So Crazy
 
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Vadoinmessico

  • Artist: Vadoinmessico
  • Album: Vadoinmessico
  • Song: In Spain
 
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Peter Wolf Crier

  • Artist: Peter Wolf Crier
  • Album: Inter-Be
  • Song: Crutch and Cane
 
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The Lovely Eggs

  • Artist: The Lovely Eggs
  • Album: If You Were Fruit
  • Song: Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?
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  • "Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?"
  • Album: If You Were Fruit
  • Artist: The Lovely Eggs
  • Label: Happy Happy Birthday
  • Released: 2009
 
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Kings Go Forth

  • Artist: Kings Go Forth
  • Album: Outsiders Are Back
  • Song: One Day
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  • "One Day"
  • Album: Outsiders Are Back
  • Artist: Kings Go Forth
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • Released: 2010
 
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Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!

  • Artist: Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!
  • Album: Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1
  • Song: G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I've Got A)
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  • "G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I've Got A)"
  • Album: Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1
  • Artist: Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl Records
  • Released: 2010
 
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Ivan & Alyosha

  • Artist: Ivan & Alyosha
  • Album: The Verse, The Chorus
  • Song: Easy to Love
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  • "Easy to Love"
  • Album: The Verse, The Chorus
  • Artist: Ivan & Alyosha
  • Label: Sio
  • Released: 2010
 
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San Saba County

  • Artist: San Saba County
  • Album: ...Though Cheating Was Never an Option
  • Song: The Devil And Marie
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  • "The Devil And Marie"
  • Album: ...Though Cheating Was Never an Option
  • Artist: San Saba County
  • Label: Wagonmaker
  • Released: 2008
 
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Mini Mansions

  • Artist: Mini Mansions
  • Album: Mini Mansions
  • Song: Majik Marker
 
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Unni Lovlid

  • Artist: Unni Lovlid
  • Album: Rite
  • Song: Vind Kom
 
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Rye Rye

  • Artist: Rye Rye
  • Album: Hardcore Girls
  • Song: Hardcore Girls
 
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Timber Timbre

  • Artist: Timber Timbre
  • Album: Timber Timbre
  • Song: Demon Host
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  • "Demon Host"
  • Album: Timber Timbre
  • Artist: Timber Timbre
  • Label: EMI Music Distribution
  • Released: 2009
 
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Active Child

  • Artist: Active Child
  • Album: Wilderness
  • Song: Wilderness
 
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Grass Widow

  • Artist: Grass Widow
  • Album: Grass Widow
  • Song: To Where
 
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Twin Atlantic

  • Artist: Twin Atlantic
  • Album: Vivarium
  • Song: What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?
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  • "What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?"
  • Album: Vivarium
  • Artist: Twin Atlantic
  • Label: EMI Music Distribution
  • Released: 2009
 
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Camisama

  • Artist: Camisama
  • Album: I Am Hitler
  • Song: I Am Hitler
 

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