Conor Oberst, a rock 'n' roll lifer at the age of 31, played a two-hour set with his band Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Tex. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Bright Eyes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Watch Conor Oberst cap this year's festival with a monster show from Austin's Auditorium Shores.

Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein (right) of WILD FLAG perform at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Wild Flag, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

True to its name, WILD FLAG puts on a frenetic performance featuring powerful whirlwinds of guitar.

Agalloch performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, March 22, 2011. Samantha Marble for NPR hide caption

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Agalloch In Concert

The black-metal band's first-ever NYC concert felt like a savagely beautiful and personal ritual.

Man Man (led by Honus Honus) performed several songs off their forthcoming album, Live Fantastic. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

The Philadelphia band careens and stomps through performances that seem run-down but decadent.