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

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

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

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

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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.

More from SXSW 2015:

Watch Courtney Barnett perform her new album live.

Watch Torres perform a quietly intense, late night lullaby.

Watch Laura Marling give a rainy night performance in a churchyard.

Watch The Mynabirds sing a lover's hymn on the banks of Waller Creek.

Watch Luluc play a lullaby in the dark.

Watch Tom Brosseau's murder ballad from a church courtyard.

Watch Compton rapper Boogie in concert.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01De Bom Bom

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Girl Band

  • Song: De Bom Bom
  • from De Bom Bom

The Dublin-based Girl Band is actually four guys with a brutal and strange sound that stood out among the hundreds of bands we saw.

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05The Beigeness

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Kate Tempest

  • Song: The Beigeness
  • from Everybody Down

The British rapper, poet and playwright Kate Tempest connected with everyone who saw her, preaching her message of empathy and compassion that spread outside the venue and into the streets.

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02Papaoutai

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    Papaoutai
    Album
    Racine Carrée
    Artist
    Stromae
    Label
    UMG
    Released
    2013

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Stromae

  • Song: Papaoutai
  • from Racine Carrée

Belgian pop star Stromae captivated the audience at the NPR showcase with his incredible choreography and pop-powered transformation on stage, from a lanky, cardigan-wearing crooner to sexy dance sensation.

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Racine Carrée
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Racine Carrée
Artist
Stromae
Label
UMG
Released
2013

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08Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party

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    Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party
    Album
    Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    Artist
    Courtney Barnett
    Label
    Mom + Pop Music
    Released
    2015

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Courtney Barnett

  • Song: Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party
  • from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Already one of our favorites, Austrailian guitarist and singer Courtney Barnett performed nearly her entire new album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, live at NPR Music's showcase.

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01Strange Hellos

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    Strange Hellos
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    Sprinter
    Artist
    Torres
    Label
    Partisan Records
    Released
    2015

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Torres

  • Song: Strange Hellos
  • from Sprinter

One of Stephen's top picks for the Austin 100, Torres showed she could one day inherit the throne from the all-time great women in rock. Make sure you check out Mackenzie Scott's stripped-down South X Lullaby.

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Sprinter
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Sprinter
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Torres
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Partisan Records
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2015

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01Just Call It

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Susan

  • Song: Just Call It
  • from Just Call It

Adding to the incredible group of women who dominated SXSW is Los Angeles based trio Susan, whose sound was both punk and pretty.

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01Ideal World

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    Ideal World
    Album
    Before The World Was Big
    Artist
    Girlpool
    Released
    1969

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Girlpool

  • Song: Ideal World
  • from Before The World Was Big

Philadelphia duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad channel the Velvet Underground with their track "Ideal World," which entangles rage and rebellion with millennial indifference, all played on bass and electric guitar.

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01Boys (I Dated In High School)

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The Prettiots

  • Song: Boys (I Dated In High School)
  • from Boys (I Dated In High School)

The Prettiots are three women from New York City with an infectious sound and a great sense of humor.

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06RE-BI-TE-TO (floating magic)

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Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai

  • Song: RE-BI-TE-TO (floating magic)
  • from Boken no syo 1

Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai is both adorable and abrasive, combining elements of Japanese pop culture with EDM, punk and metal to bring their own genre of "Japanese alternative" to the States.

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04Masakayli

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Golden Dawn Arkestra

  • Song: Masakayli
  • from olden Dawn Arkestra - EP

The Golden Dawn Arkestra is a crazy and wonderful mix of sight and sound, with big, bold costumes and music that meets somewhere between Sun Ra and Sly Stone.

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02Change Is Everything

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    Change Is Everything
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    Bones
    Artist
    Son Lux
    Label
    Glassnote
    Released
    2015

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Son Lux

  • Song: Change Is Everything
  • from Bones

Son Lux played several new songs in Austin, including this one, from the band's just-announced new album Bones. It's due out June 23 on Glassnote.