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Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, More

All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen play this week's essential new songs, including Jamie xx and Joy Williams of the band The Civil Wars, and a classic by Ryan Adams.

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SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments

After a week of 16-hour days and little-to-no sleep, the All Songs Considered gang is back from Austin with a slew of musical discoveries from the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to share their favorite finds and memorable moments, from the brutal and strange rock of Dublin's Girl Band and the bizarre J-pop group Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai, to the quirky-comical pop group The Prettiots and the interstellar vibrations of Golden Dawn Arkestra.

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SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Saturday

Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Ann Powers and Katie Davis wrap up our final day at SXSW 2015, discuss our highlights and are lulled by the music of Torres. Our final South by Lullaby

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SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Friday

Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley discuss the rainy day wrap up of bands here in Austin incuding Juce, The Family Crest, Howard, Torres, Natalie Prass, Cristina Valentina, Summer Cannibals, and some Japanese electro-pop.

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SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Thursday

Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stepehen Thompsona and Katie Presley talk about their discoveries from Thursday's SXSW including Soak, Girl Band, Ibeyi, Count This Penny and more. We also present another South x Lullaby with Mynabirds

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SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Wednesday

Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers to talk about discoveries and favorites from this years SXSW Music Festival. Highlights include music from our showcase including Courtney Barnett performance of much of her new album. Also Stromae and Shamir and TV on the Radio. Plus we lull you to bed with a South by Lullaby from the duo who made my #1 album of 2014, Luluc.

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SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Tuesday

Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley gather round for a look at Day 1 at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Highlights include the UK poet and rapper Kate Tempest and the Austin big The Golden Dawn who mix Sun Ra with Sly Stone. And before we all go to bed we're joined by the beautiful musician Tom Brosseau for our very first South By Lullaby.

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SXSW 2015 Music Preview

If you love music as much as we do (we really love music), there's a good chance that this is one of your favorite weeks of the year. This is when the massive South by Southwest music festival and conference bubbles up and spills over into the streets of Austin, Texas. For five days, live music pours out of every alley, doorway, club, restaurant and street corner. Whether it's sensory overload or total nirvana, March 17-21 is all about discovering some new band or sound that sets your ears on end. NPR Music is heading to SXSW with big hopes and plans to discover and present new music we love. In preparation for our trip, we listened to thousands of songs by the bands who will be in Austin. On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and NPR contributor Katie Presley to share some of the early discoveries they're most excited to see and hear, from the comical Canadian punk band Needs and English rapper Little Simz to Icelandic singer-songwriter Kaleo and the sparkling twee-pop group Kero Kero Bonito.

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New Mix: Villagers, Joanna Gruesome, Young Fathers, More

On this week's All Songs Considered, we look at one of life's immutable truths: Nothing's ever easy! Or, at least some things are way harder than they need to be. That's part of the message in the new kiss-off song that opens our show, "Hot Scary Summer," from the upcoming Villagers album Darling Arithmetic. Also on the program: Host Bob Boilen shares startling, hodgepodge sounds from both Edinburgh's Young Fathers and the London-based band The Very Best. Co-host Robin Hilton delivers a bracing, joyful rock cut from Joanna Gruesome. We take a walk through vast mansions of curious sounds from electronic producer Eskmo's new record SOL, and the "Slow Breathing Circuit" from Inventions, a duo featuring Eluvium's Matthew Cooper and Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark Smith. Plus, NPR Music editor Jacob Ganz stops by to share a classic from one of his all-time favorite bands, Broadcast.

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Björk, Torres, Boots, More

This week on All Songs Considered, we get heavy — heavy lyrics, heavy themes — as hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore the meaning of life, even breaking it down to the atomic level, with existential music from English folk singer Bill Fay, Björk and more.

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