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Clockwise from upper left: Dirty Dishes, The Overcoats, Gallant, Billie Marten, KAO=S

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It's that time of year again! This week is March Madness for music lovers: South By Southwest. The annual music festival in Austin, Texas is a treasure trove of exciting new music to enjoy and brilliant artists to discover. For this week's All Songs Considered, our hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Saidah Blount to talk about which bands they are most excited to see for the very first time at SXSW this year.

They listened to around 1800 songs by bands performing in the multi-day music spree and whittled the list down to 17 for this week's show, including the annual "Secret SX Santa" round, where each host gets to take control of one other team member's schedule and assign a band they have to see while in Austin.

Head over to our SXSW page for NPR Music's full coverage of this year's festival. And stay tuned to our social media for updates, announcements and late-night dispatches from Bob, Robin and the All Songs team at SXSW.

SXSW 2016 Music Preview

The Regrettes, Hey!

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03A Living Human Girl
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    Regrettes
    Label
    Black Rainbow Records
    Released
    2015

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The Regrettes

  • Song: A Living Human Girl
  • from Hey!

Regrettes is a garage pop band from California made up of two teens, singer Lydia Night and drummer Marlhy Murphy, who were both seasoned musicians when they met at a School of Rock in 2002.

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Hey!
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Black Rainbow Records
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01No More Parties In The Attic
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    No More Parties in the Attic
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    Exploded View
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    No More Parties In The Attic
    Released
    2016

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Exploded View

  • Song: No More Parties In The Attic
  • from No More Parties in the Attic

Exploded View's members are based in both Berlin and Mexico City. The group's lead singer, Anika, conjures the specter of Nico with her ethereal vocals.

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No More Parties in the Attic
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Exploded View
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No More Parties In The Attic
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Dodge & Fuski, Killer Bee

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01Killer Bees
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    Disciple
    Released
    2014

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Dodge & Fuski

  • Song: Killer Bees
  • from Killer Bees – Single

Dodge & Fuski is a dubstep production duo who mix samples from films and television into their beats, in the spirit of bands like Public Service Broadcasting and the Avalanches, except with exactly zero subtlety.

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Disciple
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01Chaos
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    Kao=S
    Label
    D.I.O ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Released
    2015

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Kao=S

  • Song: Chaos
  • from Dawn Of The Planet Chaos

Japanese art rockers Kao=S are led by a performance artist known for dancing with swords in the middle of shows.

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02Red Roulette
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    Red Roulette
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    Dirty Dishes
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    Exploding In Sound
    Released
    2015

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Dirty Dishes

  • Song: Red Roulette
  • from Guilty

New York-based duo Dirty Dishes plays loud, fun, cathartic rock and roll.

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Dirty Dishes
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Exploding In Sound
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01Golden (Demo)
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Mercury Girls

  • Song: Golden (Demo)
  • from Demos & Live Songs

Philadelphia-based Mercury Girls have a sound that is a little jangle-y, a little pop-y and guaranteed to make you bounce.

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    September Girls
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    Fortuna POP!
    Released
    2016

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September Girls

  • Song: Love No One
  • from Age Of Indignation

The powerful rock of Dublin-based five piece September Girls is soaked in reverb.

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Age Of Indignation
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September Girls
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Fortuna POP!
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2016

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12It's a Sin To Tell a Lie
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    Every Which-a-Way
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    The Quebe Sisters Band
    Label
    Fiddletone Records
    Released
    2014

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The Quebe Sisters Band

  • Song: It's a Sin To Tell a Lie
  • from Every Which-a-Way

The Texas siblings in The Quebe Sisters Band play Western swing and fiddle music, complete with compact vocal harmonies.

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2014

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    Billie Marten
    Label
    Chess Club
    Released
    2015

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Billie Marten

  • Song: Bird
  • from As Long As

Billie Marten is a 16-year-old from North Yorkshire, England with a beautiful voice who began posting videos to YouTube when she was just nine years old.

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01Cuban Cigars
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    Wall EP
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    Wall
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    Wharf Cat Records
    Released
    2016

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Wall

  • Song: Cuban Cigars
  • from Wall EP

New York post punk outfit Wall sounds a bit like Wire if the group was fronted by Kathleen Hanna.

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Mal Blum

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02Better Go!
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    You Look A Lot Like Me
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    Mal Blum
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    Don Giovanni
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Mal Blum

  • Song: Better Go!
  • from You Look A Lot Like Me

Robin can't imagine a person on the NPR Music staff, or who follows our programming, who would not love the throwback-'90s sound and deadpan humor of Mal Blum.

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Don Giovanni
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01Smaller Than My Mother
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    Smaller Than My Mother
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    579161 Records DK
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    2015

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Overcoats

  • Song: Smaller Than My Mother
  • from Smaller Than My Mother

The charming east coast duo Overcoats reminds Bob of My bubba — the heart of what these two do is in the playfulness of their vocal performances.

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Overcoats
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Julia Jacklin

  • Song: LA Dream
  • from LA Dream – Single

Equal parts Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, Julia Jacklin hits Stephen right in his heart.

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Holly Macve

  • Song: The Corner Of My Mind (Bedroom Demo)
  • from The Corner Of My Mind (Bedroom Demo) - Single

Bob Boilen's Secret SX Santa gift for Stephen Thompson is Holly Macve, and he's putting money down that her haunting voice will make Stephen weep in the streets of Austin.

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03Is It True?
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    In This Mess
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    toyGuitar
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    Fat Wreck Chords
    Released
    2015

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toyGuitar

  • Song: Is It True?
  • from In This Mess

Stephen Thompson's Secret SX Santa gift for Saidah Blount is toyGuitar. The group's "Is It True?" is a summer-y pop punk song that would sound great blasting out of a car with the windows down.

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In This Mess
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2015

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01Skipping Stones feat. Jhené Aiko
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    Skipping Stones - Single
    Artist
    Gallant
    Label
    Red Bull Sound Select
    Released
    2016

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Gallant

  • Song: Skipping Stones feat. Jhené Aiko
  • from Skipping Stones - Single

Saidah Blount's Secret SX Santa pick for Robin Hilton is the D.C.-born R&B singer Gallant. Now based in L.A., he makes music that goes all over the place, but retains a strong, soulful core.

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Gallant
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2016

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01Kickin' Da Leaves
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    Judah & the Lion
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    Good Time Records
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    2014

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Judah & the Lion

  • Song: Kickin' Da Leaves
  • from Kids These Days

Robin Hilton's Secret SX Santa for Bob Boilen is Nashville four-piece Judah & The Lion, whose live show is all about getting the audience involved, but whose earnestness comes across in their records.

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Kids These Days
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Judah & the Lion
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