Nas performs his classic 1994 album, Illmatic, on stage at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during the 2012 SXSW music conference. Heather Kennedy/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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"Human expression is not confined to guitars." In his keynote address at SXSW Bruce Springsteen spoke of his love for pop of all flavors. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Audio Only: Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote

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Bruce Springsteen and the retooled E Street Band ripped through a nearly three-hour "secret" concert at the Moody Theater, the new home of Austin City Limits, during SXSW. Ever the showman, Springsteen crowd-surfed. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Ann Powers From The Streets Of Austin

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Chilean singer Francisca Valenzuela will be at SXSW and Vive Latino. She's premiering her new video for "Esta Soy Yo." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Sleep Till Mexico City: A Live Music Road Trip

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Cotton Mather (from left): Dana Myzer, Josh Gravelin, Whit Williams and Robert Harrison. Todd Wolfson/Courtesy of Fanatic Promotion hide caption

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Cotton Mather's 'Kontiki,' The Album That Won't Go Gently

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K Ishibashi, who performs under the name Kishi Bashi, will perform at SXSW Friday. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Thousands Of Bands, Four SXSW Discoveries

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Andrew Bird was 4 when he picked up his first instrument. His latest album is called Break It Yourself. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Andrew Bird's World Of Wit, Whimsy And Whistling

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