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Every Flat Surface: Jay Cobb Anderson (left) and Tyler Thompson on the street at SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas.

March 13, 2012 Locating the strange appeal of a week elbowing to see hot bands at Austin's annual music festival.

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.

March 16, 2012 Our critic is down at the SXSW music convention, trying to take in as much of the action as she can.


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

March 14, 2012 A preview of some hot Latin bands playing at upcoming music festivals: SXSW and Vive Latino.


All of these people want to know ... where's Bob Boilen going to be during South by Southwest?

March 13, 2012 Bob Boilen's advice: Plan, add whimsy, pace yourself. Most importantly, eat a big breakfast.

Cotton Mather (from left): Dana Myzer, Josh Gravelin, Whit Williams and Robert Harrison.

March 13, 2012 The 15-year-old album went out of print, but big-name fans pushed for a reissue and a reunion gig.


K Ishibashi, who performs under the name Kishi Bashi, will perform at SXSW Friday.

March 11, 2012 NPR Music's Stephen Thompson winnows the massive SXSW music festival down to just four discoveries.


Andrew Bird was 4 when he picked up his first instrument. His latest album is called Break It Yourself.

March 11, 2012 Bird continues to balance celebratory music with heavy subject matter on the new Break It Yourself.


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