Ann Powers Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

Nas performs his classic 1994 album, Illmatic, on stage at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during the 2012 SXSW music conference. Heather Kennedy/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Bruce Springsteen and the retooled E Street Band ripped through a nearly three-hour "secret" concert at the Moody Theater, the new home of Austin City Limits, during SXSW. Ever the showman, Springsteen crowd-surfed. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Ann Powers From The Streets Of Austin

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"Human expression is not confined to guitars." In his keynote address at SXSW Bruce Springsteen spoke of his love for pop of all flavors. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Audio Only: Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote

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Whitney Houston: Her Life Played Out Like An Opera

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Mumford And Sons' 'The Cave'

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Bon Iver, 'Holocene'

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Kanye West's "All Of The Lights" is one of the five nominees for Song of the Year at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Chris Hyde/Getty Images hide caption

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Kanye West, 'All Of The Lights'

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