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Lydia Ainsworth performs "Afterglow" in the Optic Obscura installation during SXSW. NPR hide caption

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Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

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Nick Hakim Sings His Quiet Soul Into Space

In the Optic Obscura installation at SXSW, Hakim sings some psychedelic soul music for outer-space performed in a room that looks like outer-space.

Sylvan Esso perform at Stubb's in Austin, Texas for NPR's 2017 SXSW showcase. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

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Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, drew cheers for their soon-to-be-released new material during NPR Music's annual showcase in Austin.

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief steps into the limelight during her band's set at Stubb's BBQ. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

L.A. Salami performs "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" during SXSW. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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L.A. Salami Takes A Long Exhale Of The Day Before Midnight

Standing on the smoking balcony of a hotel overlooking the Austin skyline, L.A. Salami plays "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" for a small crowd just before midnight.

Fear not a high kick. PWR BTTM perform during NPR Music's annual SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

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PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

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