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Raphael Saadiq (upper left), The Joy Formidable (upper right), WILD FLAG (bottom)

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All Songs Considered is Austin-bound! On this week's show, host Bob Boilen, producer Robin Hilton, editor Stephen Thompson and NPR Music critic Ann Powers talk about the bands they're most excited to see this year at South by Southwest. The four-day festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 16 in Austin, Texas, and features close to 2,000 artists, who span countless genres and sport some fiercely esoteric names. (Ringo Deathstarr, anyone?)

Also on the show this week, a look at a few of the SXSW performances NPR Music will be streaming live — including soul and R&B standard-bearer Raphael Saadiq, Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable and supergroup WILD FLAG (featuring our long-lost friend Carrie Brownstein, among others).

Head to our SXSW page for NPR Music's full coverage of this year's festival. See a list of bands we'll feature live and set times for when they're playing, and hear our "Austin 100" stream — 100 songs from 100 bands performing at this year's festival.

SXSW 2011 Preview

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No Nostalgia

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No Nostalgia

  • from Alright You Restless
  • by AgesandAges

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Alright You Restless
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AgesandAges
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Knitting Factory
Released
2011

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Daisy

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Daisy

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  • by Fang Island

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Fang Island
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Fang Island
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Sargent House
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2011

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Pobre Mary (a.k.a. El Boogie de la Muerte)

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Pobre Mary (a.k.a. El Boogie de la Muerte)

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Expanding Anyway

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Expanding Anyway

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  • by Morning Teleportation

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Expanding Anyway
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Morning Teleportation
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Glacial Pace Recordings
Released
2011

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Zut Alore!

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Zut Alore!

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  • by Zorch

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Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover)

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Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover)

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  • by Owen Weaver

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Tempting Time

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Tempting Time

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Animals As Leaders
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Animals As Leaders
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Prosthetic Records
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2011

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So High

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So High

  • from Colour Trip
  • by Ringo Deathstarr

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Colour Trip
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Ringo Deathstarr
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Sonic Unyon
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2011

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Heart Attack

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Heart Attack

  • from Stone Rollin'
  • by Raphael Saadiq

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Stone Rollin'
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Stone Rollin'
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Raphael Saadiq
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Sony
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2011

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Glass Tambourine

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Glass Tambourine

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  • by WILD FLAG

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Cradle

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Cradle

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  • by The Joy Formidable

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The Big Roar
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The Joy Formidable
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Canvasback/Atlantic Records
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2011

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WHALE

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WHALE

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  • by Yellow Ostrich

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The Mistress
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Afternoon Records
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2011

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Love Crime

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Love Crime

  • from Strange Hearts
  • by Secret Cities

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Strange Hearts
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Secret Cities
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Western Vinyl
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2011

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Shadows On Behalf

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Shadows On Behalf

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  • by The Stepkids

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Ego Death

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Ego Death

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  • by A Place to Bury Strangers

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Mute Records
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2009

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Swimmer, Dreams Don't Keep

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Swimmer, Dreams Don't Keep

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  • by Amanda Shires

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Squealing Pigs

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Squealing Pigs

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  • by Admiral Fallow

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Lo-Five Records
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2011

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Rainforts

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Rainforts

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Unfamiliar Records
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2011

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California Killer

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California Killer

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  • by The Vandelles

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