Neko Case And Will Sheff In Concert

Emerging out of the sound of spring peepers, Neko Case stepped onto the 9:30 Club stage set in something out of a nature cartoon. Behind them videos of cyclones and airplanes were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. Okkervil River's Will Sheff opened.

Neko Case in Concert 4/10/09

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Mates Of State In Concert

The music of Mates of State has always been playfully innocent and unabashedly upbeat. But on their latest CD, Re-Arrange Us, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel show that they've grown a little older and wiser, with their richest and most reflective collection of songs to date. Hear a full concert by the band, webcast live on NPR.org from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Also on the bill: Florida-based co-headliner Black Kids.

Mates Of State In Concert

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SXSW 2009: K'Naan

K'Naan questions the credibility of American hip-hop: After all, even the toughest American neighborhoods aren't as dangerous as his hometown of Mogadishu.

K'Naan In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao Nguyen and her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, make mixing indie-pop and folk sound easy. Nguyen's exuberant voice filled NPR's offices this past September and christened its SXSW showcase.

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down in Concert at SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blitzen Trapper

Last year's Furr found its way onto many best-of lists, including NPR's, and with good reason: It refines the rough edges of Wild Mountain Nation without losing Blitzen Trapper's natural motion.

Blitzen Trapper In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blind Pilot

The Portland duo acquired a van to reach SXSW, ditching its usual touring transportation: a pair of bicycles. Now filled out with additional players, the band will showcase its rustic folk-pop.

Blind Pilot In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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Sxsw 2009: Blk Jks

The Johannesburg natives in BLK JKS brew an impressive blend of punk, metal, dub, soul and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar explosions. The group made its first trip to SXSW this year.

BLK JKS In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Dirty Projectors

David Longstreth, the visionary behind Dirty Projectors, has a knack for deconstructing music and then reassembling it with distinct guitar-and-vocal arrangements.

The Dirty Projectors In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: The Decemberists

Already known for its creative ambition, the hyperliterate and sweepingly melodic band has just made its most grandiose record yet. Hear the band premiere the entire work live at SXSW.

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SXSW 2009: The Heartless Bastards

The powerhouse singer Erika Wennerstrom recently moved to Austin, secluded herself in her apartment for six months, wrote a new album's worth of songs and re-formed her band The Heartless Bastards.

Heartless Bastards in Concert at SXSW 2009 - 03/18/2009

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