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

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All Songs Considered

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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SXSW Music Festival

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.

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All Songs TV

Skating Polly's 'Hail Mary' Is Good, Creepy Fun

The first single from the duo's New Trick EP gives a warning about poisonous relationships.

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All Songs TV

The Physics House Band's 'Calypso' Is A Mecha-Prog Warrior

Watch the Brighton trio channel titans of experimental rock — Yes, Rush and Battles — with this weirdly funky, all-zones-activated jam.

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Favorite Sessions

Watch Thee Oh Sees Perform 'Withered Hand' Live At Pickathon

The Bay Area band embraced the excesses of rock 'n' roll in its performance at last summer's Pickathon festival just outside Portland, Ore.

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SXSW Music Festival

Watch Nina Diaz & Luz Elena Mendoza Sing On Each Other's Beautiful Songs

In a church courtyard, Mendoza's yodel swirls in Diaz's gritty croon as the two songwriters perform together, on each other's songs, for the first time.

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South X Lullabies

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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SXSW Music Festival

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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Favorite Sessions

Watch The Shins Perform 'The Fear' Live For KCRW


The band visited KCRW's studio for one of its first full-band performances behind the new album Heartworms.

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Mountain Stage

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

The hardcore troubadour makes his Mountain Stage debut, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

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