Late Night Dispatches And Photos From SXSW 2011: Wednesday

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Raphael Saadiq performs at Stubb's for SXSW.

Raphael Saadiq performs at Stubb's for SXSW.

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At one in the morning, with one day of South By Southwest under their belts — including the big Stubb's showcase — Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson huddle up to break down the days events before delirium finally settles in. In addition to talking about the Stubb's show, which featured live performances from Yuck, James Blake, Smith Westerns and Raphael Saadiq, the group shares its thoughts on some of the other artists that they squeezed into their busy schedules.

Some highlights include performances by the Lousiana-born quintet Givers, the big band Typhoon and Jeremy Messersmith, a singer-songwriter that incorporated a string quartet into his live show. You can listen to the gang talk about what they liked, loved and wished they'd seen more of at the top of the page.

  • Jack White brought the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store on its maiden voyage to Austin. To celebrate the event, he performed one song by Texas native Buddy Holly and one by his old band, The White Stripes.
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    Jack White brought the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store on its maiden voyage to Austin. To celebrate the event, he performed one song by Texas native Buddy Holly and one by his old band, The White Stripes.
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  • New Third Man recording artist Seasick Steve played the blues on just three strings in front of Jack White's mobile record store/studio.
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    New Third Man recording artist Seasick Steve played the blues on just three strings in front of Jack White's mobile record store/studio.
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  • You can't see it here, but the audience likely wept with joy while Sharon Van Etten played her vulnerable songs for KUT.
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    You can't see it here, but the audience likely wept with joy while Sharon Van Etten played her vulnerable songs for KUT.
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  • A familiar scene on the streets of Austin.
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    A familiar scene on the streets of Austin.
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  • Musicians will play just about anywhere during SXSW.
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    Musicians will play just about anywhere during SXSW.
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  • Like the Internet is a series of tubes, SXSW is a series of lines. Endless lines.
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    Like the Internet is a series of tubes, SXSW is a series of lines. Endless lines.
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  • NPR likes tote bags. What of it?
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    NPR likes tote bags. What of it?
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  • Not an uncommon sight: A band sets up on the streets of Austin.
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    Not an uncommon sight: A band sets up on the streets of Austin.
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  • Mariachi musicians taking a breather against an iconic mural celebrating Austin's live music scene.
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    Mariachi musicians taking a breather against an iconic mural celebrating Austin's live music scene.
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  • Behind the scenes as NPR Music sets up for the video webcast from Stubb's BBQ.
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    Behind the scenes as NPR Music sets up for the video webcast from Stubb's BBQ.
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  • Yuck captured the frayed noise and hooky, guitar-driven melodies of '90s rock at Stubb's, even though its members, at 20, are too young to have experienced it firsthand.
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    Yuck captured the frayed noise and hooky, guitar-driven melodies of '90s rock at Stubb's, even though its members, at 20, are too young to have experienced it firsthand.
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  • Mariko Doi of Yuck performs at Stubb's for SXSW.
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    Mariko Doi of Yuck performs at Stubb's for SXSW.
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  • Yuck through the digital lens.
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    Yuck through the digital lens.
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  • Bathed in blue light for much of his set, James Blake crafted a show that was alternately ghostly in its beauty and knee-rattling in its bass-heavy rumble.
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    Bathed in blue light for much of his set, James Blake crafted a show that was alternately ghostly in its beauty and knee-rattling in its bass-heavy rumble.
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  • The blue glowing bowl of the Stubb's stage during James Blake's set.
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    The blue glowing bowl of the Stubb's stage during James Blake's set.
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  • Our hosts, production and technical crew at Stubb's.
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    Our hosts, production and technical crew at Stubb's.
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  • Smith Westerns' set at Stubb's offered an engaging blast of candy-coated swagger.
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    Smith Westerns' set at Stubb's offered an engaging blast of candy-coated swagger.
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  • Smith Westerns' newer songs like "Tonight" and "Weekend" felt exceptionally sturdy at Stubb's, built on a foundation that conjures images of both Replacements-style rock and girl-group pop.
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    Smith Westerns' newer songs like "Tonight" and "Weekend" felt exceptionally sturdy at Stubb's, built on a foundation that conjures images of both Replacements-style rock and girl-group pop.
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  • Raphael Saadiq was a big, bright ball of energy at Stubb's.
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    Raphael Saadiq was a big, bright ball of energy at Stubb's.
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  • The crowd smiles for Raphael Saadiq. Who wouldn't?
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    The crowd smiles for Raphael Saadiq. Who wouldn't?
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  • We don't like to brag (okay, we do), but NPR has some of the best sound engineers in the business.
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    We don't like to brag (okay, we do), but NPR has some of the best sound engineers in the business.
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  • Raphael Saadiq's SXSW set was a full-blown soul revue, complete with choreographed backup singers and buckets of sweat.
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    Raphael Saadiq's SXSW set was a full-blown soul revue, complete with choreographed backup singers and buckets of sweat.
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