SXSW 2010 Preview

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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

  • 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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  • Album:
  • 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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