Late Night Dispatches And Photos From SXSW 2011: Friday

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At 2:30 on Saturday morning, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson set up in a church parking lot to go over what they saw on day three of our SXSW coverage.

With a break from our own NPR Music showcases, the team made the most of their time and saw some truly remarkable acts. Boilen started his night under a parachute when he saw Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, a group that used plenty of audience participation in its live show. Givers followed, with an energy-filled performance that had the venue packed from wall to wall. Hilton saw one of his favorites, Sharon Van Etten, who dedicated a song to him. He said it was the highlight of his day. Powers bounced between sets, seeing the soulfully-tinged pop of Fitz and the Tantrums, Brooklyn rock royalty TV On The Radio, Linda Perry and her new band Deep Dark Robot and the hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. You can hear all of the gang's analysis of day three from SXSW at the top of the page.

  • Wye Oak gave a riveting performance, and continues to be one of Stephen Thompson's favorites.
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    Wye Oak gave a riveting performance, and continues to be one of Stephen Thompson's favorites.
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  • The twelve piece band Typhoon recording a special Tiny Desk Concert from Austin.
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    The twelve piece band Typhoon recording a special Tiny Desk Concert from Austin.
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  • Some Austinites get crafty with a makeshift hammock.
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    Some Austinites get crafty with a makeshift hammock.
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  • California's The Soft Moon offered a powerful wall of sound, made up of noisy guitars and harsh vocals.
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    California's The Soft Moon offered a powerful wall of sound, made up of noisy guitars and harsh vocals.
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  • Aerial view of San Francisco trio, The Soft Moon.
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    Aerial view of San Francisco trio, The Soft Moon.
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  • The view from a balcony overlooking downtown Austin.
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    The view from a balcony overlooking downtown Austin.
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  • Garage rockers The Fresh & Onlys punch out psychedelic pop gems.
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    Garage rockers The Fresh & Onlys punch out psychedelic pop gems.
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  • Hunx and His Punx are a power pop group with punk influences from Oakland, California.
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    Hunx and His Punx are a power pop group with punk influences from Oakland, California.
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  • Ben Shemie of the Canadian four piece Suuns, performing at Nuvola in Austin.
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    Ben Shemie of the Canadian four piece Suuns, performing at Nuvola in Austin.
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  • Showgoers resting on a curb in between sets.
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    Showgoers resting on a curb in between sets.
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  • The Central Presbyterian Church was a perfect setting for Julianna Barwick's holy vocals.
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    The Central Presbyterian Church was a perfect setting for Julianna Barwick's holy vocals.
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