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SXSW 2014 Music Preview

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SXSW 2014 Music Preview

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SXSW 2014 Music Preview

SXSW 2014 Music Preview

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As excited as we are about NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase with Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis and others (which you can stream live on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Central), those artists represent a fraction of the massive party happening in Austin, Texas this week.

To prepare for this week's show, All Songs hosts Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson listened to 1,540 songs by other musicians playing at the festival. Each narrowed that enormous list down to just a few songs by previously unknown bands that they're now planning to check out in Austin. NPR Music's Frannie Kelley and Ann Powers also stop by to offer a couple of suggestions, along with Katie Presley, music writer for Bitch Media and NPR Music.

Discovery is the name of the game for many at SXSW, and this show is all about up-and-coming talent. Whether it's the upbeat, celebratory feel of Louisiana's Royal Teeth or the ghostly experimental electronic music of Alligator Indian, this edition of All Songs Considered is bursting with passion and unique voices. Hopefully we'll uncover a lot more of that feeling this week in Austin.

SXSW 2014 Music Preview

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03Wild

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Wild

  • from Glow
  • by Royal Teeth

Hear an exuberant pop track by Royal Teeth from their debut album Glow. For more information go to their website.

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01Trash Bed

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Trash Bed

  • from Gay Disco
  • by Guerilla Toss

This aggressive, arty track will rattle your bones. "Trash Bed" is from Guerilla Toss' LP Gay Disco.

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08Word

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Word

  • from Exegesis
  • by Alden Penner

This song contains focused, heartfelt vocals but manages to mix in a variety of sounds and instruments. "Word" is from Alden Penner's album Exegesis and is available for purchase here.

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01Guilty Face

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Guilty Face

  • from Guilty Face (Single)
  • by John & Jacob

This catchy, romantic single comes from Birmingham natives John & Jacob. For more information go to their website.

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01The Cathedral

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The Cathedral

  • from Hand-Painted Dream Photographs
  • by Moon Honey

Hear a poetic and careful track by the Baton Rouge-based group, Moon Honey. Moon Honey's new album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs is out now. For more, go to the group's website.

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02Change My Ways

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Change My Ways

  • from Dissed And Dismissed
  • by Tony Molina

"Change My Ways" is a morsel of non-stop energy from Tony Molina's album Dissed And Dismissed. This San Francisco rocker's songs are concise and leave listeners begging for more.

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02Corpsing

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Corpsing

  • from More Songs About Animals and TV
  • by Alligator Indian

Hear a haunting, synthesizer-heavy song from Alligator Indian's album More Songs About Animals and TV. For more, go to their bandcamp.

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02Speed of Light

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Speed of Light

  • from Medicated Spirits
  • by Dog Trumpet

Hear the Australian rock group Dog Trumpet's bold, buoyant song from its newest album, Medicated Spirits. For more, go to the band's website.

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01Don't Know

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Don't Know

  • from Don't Know (Single)
  • by Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates has been bubbling on the Internet as an artist to watch. Hear his memorable, braggadocious single "Don't Know" from his forthcoming album, By Any Means.

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02So Compelled (feat. Sydnee Jane)

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So Compelled (feat. Sydnee Jane)

  • from Abortion The Project
  • by Rob Gullatte

This confrontational rap track contains honest lyrics and beautiful piano. To hear Rob Gullatte's mixtape Abortion: The Project click here.

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01Cloud 69

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Cloud 69

  • from I Killed Sara V.
  • by Lowell

The Toronto-based artist Lowell is assertive and uses loads of electronic samples and distortion. "Cloud 69" is from Lowell's new EP I Killed Sara V.

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06Trip.Fall.

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Trip.Fall.

  • from His and Hers.
  • by Denitia and Sene

The electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene combines soft vocals with original electronic noises. "Trip.Fall." is from the album His and Hers.

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12L-Dopa

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    Album
    Wheel
    Artist
    Laura Stevenson
    Label
    Don Giovanni Records
    Released
    2013

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L-Dopa

  • from Wheel
  • by Laura Stevenson

Hear impressive strings mixed with heart-wrenching lyrics. "L-Dopa" off of Laura Stevenson's upcoming album Wheel, which comes out April 23.

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Wheel
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Wheel
Artist
Laura Stevenson
Label
Don Giovanni Records
Released
2013

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07The Curse

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    The Curse
    Album
    Aventine
    Artist
    Agnes Obel
    Label
    PIAS America
    Released
    2013

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The Curse

  • from Aventine
  • by Agnes Obel

The Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel does not disappoint with this melodic, orchestral track. For more, go to her website.

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Aventine
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Aventine
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Agnes Obel
Label
PIAS America
Released
2013

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01F is for Faker

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F is for Faker

  • from F is for Faker (Single)
  • by Team Me

The Norwegian pop-rock band Team Me will lift your spirits with its single, "F is for Faker." To hear more music, go to the band's website.

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