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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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SXSW 2015 Music Preview

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01We Forgot The Records To Our Record Release Show

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NEEDS

  • Song: We Forgot The Records To Our Record Release Show

Needs is a punk band from Canada with a healthy sense of humor.

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02Outright

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    Outright
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    Phantom Pop
    Artist
    Wild Party
    Label
    Old Friends
    Released
    2014

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Wild Party

  • Song: Outright
  • from Phantom Pop

Wild Party's name says everything you need to know about this San Antonio quartet's sound.

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Wild Party
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Old Friends
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01Time Capsule

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Little Simz feat. Caitlyn Scarlett

  • Song: Time Capsule
  • from Time Capsule

Little Simz is an English rapper otherwise known as Simbi Ajikawo.

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0120 Years Tall

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Sego

  • Song: 20 Years Tall
  • from Wicket Youth

Sego is a woozy rock duo originally from Mapleton, Utah.

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02Drink My Rivers

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Andy Shauf

  • Song: Drink My Rivers
  • from Drink My Rivers

Andy Shauf is a singer-songwriter with a gorgeous voice and an intimate acoustic sound.

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11Bully

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    Bully
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    Bully
    Released
    2007

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Bully

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Bully is a gritty, grungy rock group based out of Nashville.

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06Ninfa De Las Aguas

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Carolina Camacho

  • Song: Ninfa De Las Aguas
  • from Atabey

Carolina Camacho is a Dominican singer-songwriter who mixes electronics with Afro-Caribbean sounds.

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01Build it up

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Kero Kero Bonito

  • Song: Build it up
  • from Build it up

Kero Kero Bonito is a London-based trio that makes sparkling pop.

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01We Are Siamese

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    Sisyphus Says
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    The Lees of Memory
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    Side One Dummy
    Released
    2014

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The Lees of Memory

  • Song: We Are Siamese
  • from Sisyphus Says

The Lees Of Memory, fronted by former Superdrag founder John Davis, makes noisy drone rock in the spirit of My Bloody Valentine.

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The Lees of Memory
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02Go Try

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Wilsen

  • Song: Go Try
  • from Magnolia EP

Wilsen is Tamsin Wilson, a singer-songwriter originally from London but now based in Brooklyn.

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01My Ground

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Massive Scar Era

  • Song: My Ground
  • from My Ground

Massive Scar Era is a female-fronted hardcore band from Egypt.

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02When It's Rainin'

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The Barberettes

  • Song: When It's Rainin'
  • from The Barberettes Volume. 1

The Barberettes is an indie-pop trio from Korea.

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06Requiem

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    Life in the Midwater
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    Aisha Burns
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    Western Vinyl Records
    Released
    2013

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Aisha Burns

  • Song: Requiem
  • from Life in the Midwater

Aisha Burns is a violinist and singer from Austin with a hypnotic sound.

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Life in the Midwater
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01On The Regular

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    On The Regular
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    On The Regular
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    Shamir
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    2014

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Shamir

  • Song: On The Regular
  • from On The Regular

Shamir, who fuses R&B, pop, rap and dance music, is one of the artists who will be featured on NPR Music's SXSW showcase.

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01Colors

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Genevieve

  • Song: Colors
  • from Colors

Genevieve is an L.A.-based singer who makes big, gloriously danceable pop with a powerful voice.

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01Bitch

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    Lolawolf
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    Innit
    Released
    1969

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Lolawolf

  • Song: Bitch
  • from Calm Down

Lolawolf is an experimenetal R&B trio fronted by Zoƫ Kravitz.

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02 Warranted Queen

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Arum Rae

  • Song: Warranted Queen
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Arum Rae is a singer originally from Austin, now based out of Brooklyn, whose previous band was White Dress.

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01All the Pretty Girls

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Kaleo

  • Song: All the Pretty Girls
  • from All the Pretty Girls

Kaleo is a folk-pop group from Iceland.

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01I Lie When I Drink

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    El Rancho Azul
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    Dale Watson & His Lonestars
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    Red House Records
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    2013

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Dale Watson & His Lone Stars

  • Song: I Lie When I Drink
  • from El Rancho Azul

Dale Watson is a country music outsider based in Austin who champions what he calls "Ameripolitan" music.

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El Rancho Azul
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04Comfy Coffins

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Demitasse

  • Song: Comfy Coffins
  • from Blue Medicine

Demitasse is a minimalist pop duo and another great discovery from San Antonio.

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05Square Peg

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Five Eight

  • Song: Square Peg

Five Eight is the self-proclaimed greatest band that never was, and one of All Songs Considered host Robin Hilton's all-time favorite groups.

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Five Eight
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