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Late Night Dispatch SXSW 2011: Thursday

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Late Night Dispatches And Photos From SXSW 2011: Thursday

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Late Night Dispatches And Photos From SXSW 2011: Thursday

Late Night Dispatch SXSW 2011: Thursday

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Night time in Austin.

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A stunning day party at the Parish was just the beginning of day two at South By Southwest, so Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson met up late Thursday night to talk about what else they saw in Austin.

But the conversation — like the day itself — opens with the day party, and with a discussion of Colin Stetson, who made it sound as though five different instruments were coming from his one bass saxophone. Stetson used circular breathing and "vein-bursting power" to put on a hypnotizing performance. Then there was tUnE-yArDs, the moniker of Oakland-based musician Merrill Garbus, whose commanding vocals and deft looping made for a fabulous show. The Malian-born Khaira Arby brought a barrage of polyrhythm to the stage, and WILD FLAG offered a set that was equal parts catchy and noisy, taking the energy up a notch. Following WILD FLAG was The Joy Formidable, whose petite lead singer Ritzy Bryan felt larger than life on stage. Finally The Antlers offered a live sneak peek at their forthcoming album Burst Apart, a delicate mixture of grace and intensity.

After the showcase the gang hopped from show to show, seeing performances from Ham Sandwich, Agalloch, Visqueen's Rachel Flotard, Allen Stone, Yelawolf and more. You can listen to all of their thoughts on the best of SXSW day two at the top of the page.

See more SXSW photos on our Flickr page.