SXSW 2011 Preview

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

  • Artist: AgesandAges
  • Album: Alright You Restless
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  • "No Nostalgia"
  • Album: Alright You Restless
  • Artist: AgesandAges
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • Released: 2011
 
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Daisy

  • Artist: Fang Island
  • Album: Fang Island
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  • "Daisy"
  • Album: Fang Island
  • Artist: Fang Island
  • Label: Sargent House
  • Released: 2011
 
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Pobre Mary (a.k.a. El Boogie de la Muerte)

  • Artist: Guadalupe Plata
  • Album: Guadalupe Plata

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Expanding Anyway

  • Artist: Morning Teleportation
  • Album: Expanding Anyway
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  • Album: Expanding Anyway
  • Artist: Morning Teleportation
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Released: 2011
 
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Zut Alore!

  • Artist: Zorch
  • Album: Demo

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Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover)

  • Artist: Owen Weaver
  • Album: (Unreleased)

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Tempting Time

  • Artist: Animals As Leaders
  • Album: Animals As Leaders
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  • Album: Animals As Leaders
  • Artist: Animals As Leaders
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • Released: 2011
 
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So High

  • Artist: Ringo Deathstarr
  • Album: Colour Trip
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  • "So High"
  • Album: Colour Trip
  • Artist: Ringo Deathstarr
  • Label: Sonic Unyon
  • Released: 2011
 
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Heart Attack

  • Artist: Raphael Saadiq
  • Album: Stone Rollin'
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  • Album: Stone Rollin'
  • Artist: Raphael Saadiq
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2011
 
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Glass Tambourine

  • Artist: WILD FLAG
  • Album: "Future Crimes" b/w "Glass Tambourine" 7-Inch

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Cradle

  • Artist: The Joy Formidable
  • Album: The Big Roar
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  • "Cradle"
  • Album: The Big Roar
  • Artist: The Joy Formidable
  • Label: Canvasback/Atlantic Records
  • Released: 2011
 
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WHALE

  • Artist: Yellow Ostrich
  • Album: The Mistress
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  • Album: The Mistress
  • Artist: Yellow Ostrich
  • Label: Afternoon Records
  • Released: 2011
 
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Love Crime

  • Artist: Secret Cities
  • Album: Strange Hearts
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  • Album: Strange Hearts
  • Artist: Secret Cities
  • Label: Western Vinyl
  • Released: 2011
 
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Shadows On Behalf

  • Artist: The Stepkids
  • Album: Shadows On Behalf (12" Single)

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Ego Death

  • Artist: A Place to Bury Strangers
  • Album: Exploding Head
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  • Album: Exploding Head
  • Artist: A Place to Bury Strangers
  • Label: Mute Records
  • Released: 2009
 
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Swimmer, Dreams Don't Keep

  • Artist: Amanda Shires
  • Album: Carrying Lightning

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Squealing Pigs

  • Artist: Admiral Fallow
  • Album: Boots Met My Face
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  • Album: Boots Met My Face
  • Artist: Admiral Fallow
  • Label: Lo-Five Records
  • Released: 2011
 
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Rainforts

  • Artist: No Gold
  • Album: No Gold
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  • Album: No Gold
  • Artist: No Gold
  • Label: Unfamiliar Records
  • Released: 2011
 
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California Killer

  • Artist: The Vandelles
  • Album: Del Black Aloha

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