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The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2017

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For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras, Spring Break and March Madness rolled into one. Spread out over five days and nights in Austin, Texas, it's a thrilling and exhausting musical endurance challenge, with fans often seeing upwards of 100 shows before the week is through. This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to share and discuss some of the artists they're most excited to see and hear as this year's festival kicks off.

To suss out this year's discoveries Bob, Robin and Stephen listened to more than 1,500 songs by acts playing SXSW 2017 — which makes the 15 songs featured in this episode the literal one percent that they are most excited to bring to a larger audience.

For NPR Music's full coverage of SXSW 2017, visit this page — and keep an eye on our social media. To get you started: here's Bob, Robin and Stephen on Twitter, plus Bob on Instagram, where he posts photos of many of the shows he sees. We'll be down and around all week with more updates, announcements, South X Lullabies, in-the-moment exclamations of joy, and bleary-eyed late-night dispatches from the All Songs Considered team.

The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2017

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04Namesake

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    Namesake
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    Transgressor
    Artist
    Tunde Olaniran
    Released
    2015

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Tunde Olaniran

  • Song: Namesake
  • from Transgressor

Tunde Olaniran's "Namesake" is an ADHD potpourri of contemporary R&B and EDM.

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Transgressor
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Tunde Olaniran
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01Guns

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    Guns
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    Guns
    Artist
    PAVVLA
    Label
    Luup
    Released
    2016

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PAVVLA

  • Song: Guns
  • from Guns

"Guns," from the Barcelona-based PAVVLA, is a lo-fi slice of electro-melancholia.

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Guns
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Guns
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PAVVLA
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Luup
Released
2016

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03Boundary Road

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    Boundary Road
    Album
    When We Fall
    Artist
    All Our Exes Live In Texas
    Label
    Whirlwind Entertainment
    Released
    2017

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All Our Exes Live In Texas

  • Song: Boundary Road
  • from When We Fall

This Sydney, Australia group All Our Exes Live In Texas gives us a dose of Americana with "Boundary Road."

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When We Fall
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When We Fall
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All Our Exes Live In Texas
Label
Whirlwind Entertainment
Released
2017

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01Goji Berry Sunset

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    Parma Violets
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    Jealous Of The Birds
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    Big Space Records
    Released
    2017

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Jealous Of The Birds

  • Song: Goji Berry Sunset
  • from Parma Violets

The whistlin' 'n' strummin' "Goji Berry Sunset" from Jealous Of The Birds is like a sweet summer cordial.

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Parma Violets
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Parma Violets
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Jealous Of The Birds
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Big Space Records
Released
2017

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03Queen of Failureland

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    Queen of Failureland
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    Born in the Woods
    Artist
    BIRTHH
    Label
    WWNBB
    Released
    2016

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BIRTHH

  • Song: Queen of Failureland
  • from Born in the Woods

"Queen of Failureland" from Italian artist BIRTHH sounds like an ominous murmuration of fluttering robo-birds.

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Born in the Woods
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Born in the Woods
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BIRTHH
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WWNBB
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2016

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02Taken

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    Taken
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    Varmints
    Artist
    Anna Meredith
    Label
    Moshi Moshi Records
    Released
    2016

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Anna Meredith

  • Song: Taken
  • from Varmints

Anna Meredith's "Taken" induces a bout of déjà vu as it shuffles through instrument loops and stacked harmonies.

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Varmints
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Anna Meredith
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Moshi Moshi Records
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2016

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11Speed

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    Speed
    Album
    Shade Trees
    Artist
    TRAPO
    Label
    Esselgy Records
    Released
    2016

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TRAPO

  • Song: Speed
  • from Shade Trees

On "Speed," young rapper TRAPO emerges from a psychedelic rainforest with a clunky trap treasure.

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Shade Trees
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Shade Trees
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TRAPO
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Esselgy Records
Released
2016

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01More Romantic

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CLOSENESS

  • Song: More Romantic
  • from Personality Therapy

Husband-wife duo CLOSENESS (Todd and Orenda Fink) zips down the carpool lane with on dream-pop anthem "More Romantic."

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01Afterthought

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    Afterthought
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    Afterthought
    Artist
    Close Talker
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    Nevado
    Released
    2016

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Close Talker

  • Song: Afterthought
  • from Afterthought

On the daydreamy "Afterthough," Canadian band Close Talker reminisces on a love turned sour.

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Afterthought
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Afterthought
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Close Talker
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Nevado
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2016

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09Breather

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    Breather
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    Lines
    Artist
    Charlie Cunningham
    Label
    Dumont Dumont
    Released
    2017

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Charlie Cunningham

  • Song: Breather
  • from Lines

English folk musician Charlie Cunningham wears his heart on his sleeve with the flamenco-flavored "Breather."

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Lines
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Lines
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Charlie Cunningham
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Dumont Dumont
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2017

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01River

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    River
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    River
    Artist
    Bishop Briggs
    Label
    Teleport Records / Island Records
    Released
    2016

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Bishop Briggs

  • Song: River
  • from River

London born, Tokyo-raised and now LA-based Brit Bishop Briggs bravely belts her way through the drop-heavy, hand-clapper "River."

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River
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River
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Bishop Briggs
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Teleport Records / Island Records
Released
2016

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01Smoke Signals

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    Smoke Signals
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    Phoebe Bridgers
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    Phoebe Bridgers
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    2017

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Phoebe Bridgers

  • Song: Smoke Signals
  • from Smoke Signals

Stephen's favorite new artist of 2017, songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, coos over string-laden transmissions on "Smoke Signals."

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Smoke Signals
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Smoke Signals
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Phoebe Bridgers
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02Lou Lou

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    Lou Lou
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    Lovers EP
    Artist
    Albin Lee Meldau
    Label
    Astralwerks
    Released
    2016

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Albin Lee Meldau

  • Song: Lou Lou
  • from Lovers EP

Swedish musician Albin Lee Meldau delivers a heart-crushing ballad called "Lou Lou."

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Lovers EP
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Albin Lee Meldau
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Astralwerks
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2016

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09Flower

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    Flower
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    Familiar Desolation
    Artist
    Hello Nico
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    Streetvoice
    Released
    2015

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Hello Nico

  • Song: Flower
  • from Familiar Desolation

Piano drizzles through a storm of rock instrumentation on Taiwanese act Hello Nico's "Flower."

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Familiar Desolation
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Familiar Desolation
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Hello Nico
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Streetvoice
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2015

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