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For those who hope to one day see a video in which "Weird Al" Yankovic adopts many satirized Lady Gaga personas, all's well that ends well. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conor Oberst, a rock 'n' roll lifer at the age of 31, played a two-hour set with his band Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Tex. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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A glorious bit of Velvet Underground-esque balladry, Thurston Moore's "Benediction" unfolds like a graceful prayer. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fang Island's "Daisy" unfolds as a sunny summer jam in which emotion gives way to perpetual motion. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Middle Brother's Matt Vasquez shreds at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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SXSW Music Festival

Middle Brother, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Middle Brother fits right alongside the rustic likes of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick — which makes sense, given that each of those bands contributes a member.

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Man Man (led by Honus Honus) performed several songs off their forthcoming album, Live Fantastic. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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SXSW Music Festival

Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

There's something unhinged about Man Man. The Philadelphia band careens and stomps through songs at once bizarre, run-down and decadent.

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Live in Concert

Front Row: The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers' ramshackle sound draws on the past for a mix of subdued, Dylan-inspired folk and freewheeling Springsteenian rock.

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The Calm Blue Sea's "Literal" spends nearly eight minutes billowing into a majestic wonder. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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