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Watch Okkervil River's New Music Video

Folk-rock gets gloomier with the cut's darker tones and the accompanying bare, colorless video.

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Kurt Vile, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Kurt Vile possesses a warm grasp of both classic rock sounds and modern form. His lo-fi roots are reflected in new studio recordings that somehow feel both primitive and polished.

Kurt Vile, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

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Watch: Julianna Barwick Performs A Tiny SXSW Concert

Julianna Barwick brought her beautiful pipes and loop pedals to The Driskill Hotel for a Tiny SXSW Concert as part of SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas.

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Watch: Typhoon Performs A Tiny SXSW Concert

We stuffed the 11-piece Portland band in a room at The Driskill Hotel to play.

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Watch: Emmylou Harris Performs A Tiny SXSW Concert

Americana idol Emmylou Harris played an intimate set in a The Driskill Hotel room in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2011.

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The Joy Formidable

A Welsh pop trio based in London, The Joy Formidable plays spiky, bouncy rock that benefits immeasurably from the charisma of frontwoman Ritzy Bryan.

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Colin Stetson, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

As a solo artist, saxophonist and prolific sideman Colin Stetson creates vivid, enveloping, challenging, seemingly free-form soundscapes.

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Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys

Steve Riley and his Mamou Playboys make sweet Cajun music together: music steeped in the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana and driven by accordion and fiddle. Watch the Grammy-nominated Cajun band play an upbeat yet bittersweet set from the NPR Music offices.

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Damien Jurado

Jurado has spent the last decade churning out albums of raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, and he's always possessed a seemingly innate gift for capturing the intricacies of human behavior. Watch him perform his songs in the NPR Music office.

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Local Natives

The L.A.-based indie-rock band plays buoyant, infectious songs that brim with sunny melodies and three-part vocal harmonies.