Late Night Dispatches And Photos From SXSW 2011: Saturday

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The All Songs Considered crew pose one last time late Saturday night.

The All Songs Considered crew pose one last time late Saturday night.

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The foursome of Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson rallied 'round the microphone one last time on Saturday night for the final edition of their late night dispatches from SXSW 2011.

Hilton called Bright Eyes' two-hour performance at Auditorium Shores one of the top five shows he's ever seen, and the man's seen a lot of shows. (In case you missed it, you can hear and watch the whole show on NPR Music later this week.) Thompson got nostalgic with Hanson, the trio of brothers who are still making music 15 years after "Mmmbop." Powers also relived the 1990s, but a bit more violently — she took in Deer Tick's tribute to Nirvana, which included smashed guitars and fist fights. Boilen capped his festival with the comic book punk of New York's Peelander-Z.

Powers saw two more shows on Saturday that might have represented both sides of the festival's extremes: a "tiny bed concert" in a hotel room with singer-songwriter Jenny O and a bratty performance by Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future. And after several attempts, Boilen got to see the electronica duo Mount Kimbie, who pushed Boilen's ears past their limits. He loved it, but had finally had enough. Time to head home.

  • SXSW 2011 ends in fireworks above Auditorium Shores.
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    SXSW 2011 ends in fireworks above Auditorium Shores.
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  • A moment to remember at the end of Bright Eyes' concert at Auditorium Shores.
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    A moment to remember at the end of Bright Eyes' concert at Auditorium Shores.
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  • The wind and Conor Oberst.
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    The wind and Conor Oberst.
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  • Bright Eyes' bright lights during his Auditorium Shores show.
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    Bright Eyes' bright lights during his Auditorium Shores show.
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  • Conor Oberst and the rest of Bright Eyes closed things out at Auditorium Shores with a two-hour set.
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    Conor Oberst and the rest of Bright Eyes closed things out at Auditorium Shores with a two-hour set.
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  • The Austin skyline was a beautiful backdrop during The Felice Brothers' set at Auditorium Shores.
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    The Austin skyline was a beautiful backdrop during The Felice Brothers' set at Auditorium Shores.
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  • A Gibson Flying V sighting during the Middle Brother set at Auditorium Shores.
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    A Gibson Flying V sighting during the Middle Brother set at Auditorium Shores.
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  • Man Man put on a typically wacky show at Auditorium Shores.
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    Man Man put on a typically wacky show at Auditorium Shores.
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  • Kurt Vile didn't let the jerks who stole his gear on Friday night affect his show at Auditorium Shores on Saturday.
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    Kurt Vile didn't let the jerks who stole his gear on Friday night affect his show at Auditorium Shores on Saturday.
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  • NPR Music's Stephen Thompson introduced Kurt Vile on Saturday at Auditorium Shores.
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    NPR Music's Stephen Thompson introduced Kurt Vile on Saturday at Auditorium Shores.
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  • The crowd at Auditorium Shores was sweaty and dusty by the end of the Ground Control Touring showcase — not excactly a great combination.
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    The crowd at Auditorium Shores was sweaty and dusty by the end of the Ground Control Touring showcase — not excactly a great combination.
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