Today the All Songs crew is flying off to Austin, Texas to sample as many of the approximately 2,000 bands at South by Southwest as they can. You may already be on your way to Austin or just taking the virtual trip on your laptop. Either way, we couldn't help ourselves from offering up a few more of the many bands we're excited to chase down over the next few days: below, you'll find links and videos for 13 bands that Bob, Robin, Stephen and Ann mentioned at the end of last week's SXSW preview episode of All Songs Considered. Enjoy all the picks and keep checking NPR Music's SXSW coverage for intimate performances, dispatches from the conference and our two live showcases.
Somber electronic music and No. 8 on Bob Boilen's Top 11 of 2011.
Austin natives who play drony, dreamy shoegaze.
The Black Ryder
Gloomy Australian psych-rock duo.
Classical music mixed with hip-hop beats and looping vocals.
Soaring dancehall from London.
Canadian Clair Boucher's strange, electronic take on pop music.
He's My Brother She's My Sister
L.A. sibling duo with country style.
Bright New York indie-pop trio.
Southern Gothic country by way of Seattle.
Big, chiming and charming indie music.
Scuzzy, irreverent noise rock.
Grand instrumental guitar rock from Taiwan.
Steven A. Clark
Dark R&B in the style of Frank Ocean or The Weeknd.