Channy Leaneagh of the Minneapolis-based band Polica, at NPR's SXSW day party in Austin, Texas. Katy Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Sugar Tongue Slim brought a live band along with samples by Gotye and Kavinsky to his set at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Rafael Perez (left) and Henry D'Arthenay of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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The Alabama Shakes' lead singer, Brittany Howard, onstage at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's Wednesday night. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Armed with a bright new batch of songs, lead singer Brittany Howard fed off a crowd 2,000 strong.

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Dan Deacon, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Deacon served as ringleader for an orgy of sound and a live act all about barely contained chaos.

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Sharon Van Etten, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The singer-songwriter practically dared her audience to pipe down as she held long, cooing notes.

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Water Liars: Starkly Sweet

On an album of rough-around-the-edges folk-rock, "Dog Eaten" stands out for its airy simplicity.

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