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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
  • From: Alright You Restless
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Alright You Restless
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AgesandAges
Label
Knitting Factory
Released
2011

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Daisy

  • Artist: Fang Island
  • From: Fang Island
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Daisy
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Fang Island
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Fang Island
Label
Sargent House
Released
2011

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Expanding Anyway

  • Artist: Morning Teleportation
  • From: Expanding Anyway
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Expanding Anyway
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Expanding Anyway
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Morning Teleportation
Label
Glacial Pace Recordings
Released
2011

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Zut Alore!

  • Artist: Zorch
  • From: Demo

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Tempting Time

  • Artist: Animals As Leaders
  • From: Animals As Leaders
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Animals As Leaders
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Animals As Leaders
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Prosthetic Records
Released
2011

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So High

  • Artist: Ringo Deathstarr
  • From: Colour Trip
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Colour Trip
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Ringo Deathstarr
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Sonic Unyon
Released
2011

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Heart Attack

  • Artist: Raphael Saadiq
  • From: 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

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

Visit Merge Records for more information.

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Cradle

  • Artist: The Joy Formidable
  • From: The Big Roar
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Cradle
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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

  • Artist: Yellow Ostrich
  • From: The Mistress
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The Mistress
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Yellow Ostrich
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Afternoon Records
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2011

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Love Crime

  • Artist: Secret Cities
  • From: Strange Hearts
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Love Crime
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Strange Hearts
Artist
Secret Cities
Label
Western Vinyl
Released
2011

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Shadows On Behalf

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

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Ego Death

  • Artist: A Place to Bury Strangers
  • From: Exploding Head
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Ego Death
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Exploding Head
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A Place to Bury Strangers
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Mute Records
Released
2009

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Squealing Pigs

  • Artist: Admiral Fallow
  • From: Boots Met My Face
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Boots Met My Face
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Admiral Fallow
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Lo-Five Records
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2011

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Rainforts

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  • From: No Gold
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No Gold
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Unfamiliar Records
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