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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

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  • Song: Work
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Black Cobra

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  • Song: Negative Reversal
  • From: Chronomega
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Best Coast

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  • Song: When I'm With You
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Admiral Radley

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  • Song: I Heart California
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Mickey

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  • Song: She's So Crazy
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Vadoinmessico

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  • Song: In Spain
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Peter Wolf Crier

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  • Song: Crutch and Cane
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The Lovely Eggs

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  • Song: Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?
  • From: If You Were Fruit
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Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!

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

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  • Song: Easy to Love
  • From: The Verse, The Chorus
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San Saba County

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  • Song: The Devil And Marie
  • From: ...Though Cheating Was Never an Option
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Mini Mansions

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  • Song: Majik Marker
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Unni Lovlid

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  • Song: Vind Kom
  • From: Rite
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Rye Rye

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  • Song: Hardcore Girls
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Timber Timbre

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  • Song: Demon Host
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Active Child

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  • Song: Wilderness
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Grass Widow

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Twin Atlantic

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  • Song: What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?
  • From: Vivarium
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Camisama

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  • Song: I Am Hitler
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