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SXSW 2008: Vampire Weekend

Is Vampire Weekend this year's Strokes? Or this year's Tapes 'n Tapes? The blog hype surrounding the recent Columbia University grads has been enough to start a backlash against the backlash against the backlash. However listeners perceive it, Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut is a charming piece of Afropop-flecked indie-rock. Its tones are as starch-clean as Vampire Weekend's Oxford shirts, and its melodies as perky as popped collars. Hear a concert recorded live at the Parish in Austin, Tex., on March 13, 2008.

Hear the other bands from this concert: Bon Iver, Yeasayer, A.A. Bondy, Jens Lekman, Shout Out Louds.

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SXSW 2008: Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sings in a heartbreaking falsetto as his backing band provides a comforting wash of gentle guitars, set against distant atmospherics and harmonies that echo through the ether.

Bon Iver in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: A.A. Bondy

A.A. Bondy plays songs live at SXSW from his debut, American Hearts. The former Verbena frontman leaves behind the rock crunch of his former band for bluesy folk songs about damnation and salvation.

A.A. Bondy in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Shout Out Louds

With its cheery melodies, coy vocals, and bedroom-dance-party rhythms, the Swedish indie-pop quintet finds more infectious joy in its music than the Cure's Robert Smith ever did.

Shout Out Louds in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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