February 2, 2012
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NPR MUSIC PRESENTS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST MUSIC OPENING NIGHT

ANDREW BIRD. ALABAMA SHAKES. DAN DEACON. SHARON VAN ETTEN.

MARCH 14 IN AUSTIN AT STUBBS. ON-AIR, ONLINE AND ON MOBILE EVERYWHERE.
NPR MEMBER STATIONS. NPR.ORG/MUSIC. NPR MUSIC APPS.

In what's become a mid-March must-listen, NPR Music and partner public radio stations will present a can't-miss-this-one line up for the opening night of the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, Wednesday, March 14 at Stubbs. The official showcase will be available on-air, online and on mobile to everyone, everywhere, in a live broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country, and live video stream at npr.org/music and NPR Music apps.

NPR Music continues its SXSW tradition of bringing to the stage current favorites, and musicians on the rise. This year's showcase, with special guests to be announced:

Andrew Bird The Chicago-based lyricist and multi-instrumentalist headlines the NPR Music showcase just a week after the release of his highly anticipated new album Break It Yourself, and the night before embarking on a North American tour (starting in Texas!). Bird's distinctive mix of jazz, folk and rock elements has garnered both critical and popular acclaim.

Alabama Shakes The quartet – singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson and bassist Zac Cockrell – will likely bring the house down with its southern-tinged blend of garage rock and soul. Expect newly converted fans to clamor for the group's debut album, Boys & Girls, due April 10.

Dan Deacon The Baltimore-based electronic musician, who's gone from blogosphere favorite to scoring a film by Francis Ford Coppola (the director said he discovered Deacon via NPR, thank you), brings his high-energy live show to the Stubb's stage.

Sharon Van Etten Over the course of three albums, the singer-songwriter has evolved beyond folk, to become a fierce balladeer and rocker. This directness is exposed on her latest, Tramp, now streaming in a First Listen at NPR Music, along with an interview with Van Etten.

…And More Stay tuned.

Joining NPR Music in SXSW revelry are six public radio station partners – KUT Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KCRW Los Angeles, KEXP Seattle and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio. More news from NPR Music at SXSW 2012 will be announced in coming weeks, including its annual day party at the Parish on Thursday, March 15, station broadcasts and events. Stay tuned.

NPR Music celebrates great music and is an industry leader in music discovery. The Emmy Award-winning multimedia site www.npr.org/music and iPhone App offer constant new features and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms – from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events – with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, articles and blogs.