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NPR Music Announces SXSW 2016 Opening Night Showcase Lineup and Festival Coverage

NPR Music's SXSW Showcase features, clockwise from upper left, Vince Staples, Charles Bradley, members of the band Chicano Batman, Margo Price, Anderson .Paak and Mitski Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR Music's SXSW Showcase features, clockwise from upper left, Vince Staples, Charles Bradley, members of the band Chicano Batman, Margo Price, Anderson .Paak and Mitski

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March 16 - Live in Austin, TX at Stubb's

'AUSTIN 100' Essential Tunes Return - Listen Now At NPR.org/austin100

Complete SXSW Coverage Starts Now At NPR.org/SXSW

March 4, 2016; Washington, D.C. – Continuing a nearly decade-old festival presence at the Live Music Capital of The World, NPR Music gears up for the 2016 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, with their signature opening night, genre-blending showcase at Stubb's BBQ, a new slew of South X Lullaby video performances and the Austin 100 guide to must-see musicians. Find festival coverage and more at NPR.org/sxsw.

SXSW Showcase 2016 With Support From Blue Headphones – March 16, 2016

As the downtown streets of Austin are energized with badges, wristbands and tune-lovin' festival goers, NPR Music presents an opening night lineup featuring rapper Vince Staples' rapid-fire lyrics earning him praise as "one of the most consistently impressive rappers around,"; Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals' crowd-swaying "kaleidoscopic mix" of grooves fresh off his latest work, Malibu; rising country music star Margo Price and her forthcoming album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, housing a "cackling, bridge-burning, kiss-my-ass anthem" of a song; the electrifying Mitski returns to SXSW stages with her "shredder" enthralling performances; Southern California's Chicano Batman treats concert-goers to their medley of '70s-inspired Chicano funk; and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires share a signature soulful "hip-jerking, heartrending set." Video of these performances will be available to watch on-demand at NPR.org/music following the showcase.

This showcase is open to SXSW Music and Platinum badges and general admission wristbands. Single tickets for this showcase will be for sale at the venue.

Support for NPR Music's opening night showcase at SXSW 2016 comes from Blue Headphones. Learn more at blue-headphones.com.

Austin 100

The Austin 100 web app, designed by NPR's award-winning Visuals team, is loaded with songs from NPR Music's 100 bands to discover at SXSW this year. The mixtape allows users to create a personalized playlist of songs and download every selection for free. Listen now at NPR.org/austin100.

South X Lullaby Series

NPR Music escapes the bustle of the downtown Austin streets and pairs stripped-down artist performances with intimate settings. Last year, South X Lullabies were filmed at iconic city scenes like the banks of Austin's Waller Creek and empty church parking lots and featured Luluc, Torres, Laura Marling, Tom Brosseau and The Mynabirds. Catch this year's videos and past performances from the series at NPR.org/music.

Public Radio @ SXSW – March 16-18, 2016

Joining NPR Music at SXSW are six public radio stations– KUTX Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KCRW Los Angeles, KXT North Texas, and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio—together hosting a showcase at the Austin Convention Center. Click here for schedule and details. Throughout the week, find artist interviews, reports and live performance sessions at NPR.org/sxsw and at the stations' websites.

Visit NPR.org/sxsw to access all of NPR Music's SXSW 2016 coverage, including daily highlights, podcasts, videos, photos and more. All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton; Felix Contreras from Alt.Latino; writer/editor Stephen Thompson; writer/critic Ann Powers; and others from the NPR Music team will offer the latest SXSW news and insights at the NPR Music website and on social media. Follow @nprmusic on Twitter and Instagram, and NPR Music on Facebook, Tumblr and Snapchat.

About NPR Music

Since 2008, NPR Music and stations have broadcast and webcasts of concerts from SXSW, introducing audiences to Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent and Vampire Weekend alongside Café Tacuba, Damon Albarn, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, TV On The Radio, Raphael Saadiq, R.E.M. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Past concerts, along with artist interviews and live audio and video performance sessions, are archived at: NPR.org/sxsw. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit NPR.org/music for more videos, as well as extensive archives of concerts, interviews and playlists.

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