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Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

Sylvan Esso perform at Stubb's in Austin, Texas for NPR's 2017 SXSW showcase. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

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Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, drew cheers for their soon-to-be-released new material during NPR Music's annual showcase in Austin.

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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

We go to SXSW in order to find music we're unlikely to see in our own backyard, find something thrilling, then shout out our fervent support. In this episode, we do exactly that.

Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

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Lizzo performs during NPR Music's 2017 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Lizzo Was 'Good As Hell' At Our SXSW Showcase

The Texas-born, Minneapolis-based powerhouse Lizzo came with her "Big Girls" to Stubb's this year — and brought a surprising cover song along for the ride.

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The Chaotic Ecstasy Of SXSW In 50 Photos

See the best photos from the music festival, featuring Diet Cig, Lizzo, Moor Mother, Weezer and The Revolution's Prince tribute.

Fear not a high kick. PWR BTTM perform during NPR Music's annual SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

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PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

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Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra during NPR Music's annual SXSW showcase, held at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

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Hurray For The Riff Raff Makes A Statement At SXSW

Alynda Lee Segarra paraded around the Stubb's BBQ stage at our SXSW showcase wearing a homemade T-shirt that read "No Human Is Illegal."

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What We Loved On The Last Day Of SXSW

It's the end of another grueling and glorious SXSW. Here's what we loved on the last day.

What We Loved On The Last Day Of SXSW

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Weezer played a feel-good, sing-along set Friday at SXSW in Austin. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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What We Loved At SXSW On Friday

The All Songs Considered crew recaps what we saw on our fourth day in Austin, including ecstatic shows from Anna Meredith and Weezer.

What We Loved At SXSW On Friday

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Moor Mother performed a searing set on Thursday at SXSW. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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What We Loved At SXSW On Thursday

Late last night, All Songs Considered gathered on the streets of Austin to recap the best discoveries of the day.

What We Loved At SXSW On Thursday

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SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday

On our second day at SXSW, the All Songs Considered crew gathered outside of Stubb's BBQ to share their favorite music of the day.

SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday

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Bob Boilen's favorite discovery on Tuesday was Taiwan's Hello Nico. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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What We Loved At SXSW On Tuesday

Public radio hosts share their favorite performances from the first big night the year's craziest music festival.

What We Loved At SXSW On Tuesday

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The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2017

For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras and Spring Break rolled into one. This week we share some of the discoveries we're most excited to see at this year's festival.

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The Austin 100: A SXSW 2017 Mix

Hear 100 handpicked, totally free songs from the best new artists performing at SXSW 2017.

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Siblings Gracie And Clyde Lawrence On Touring And The Meaning Of Home

The brother and sister have been performing together since they were toddlers, but touring across the country in the soul-pop band Lawrence gave them a new understanding of their relationship.

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After Fleeing An Apocalypse, La Vida Boheme Embraces Its Immigrant Story

The Venezuelan rockers moved to Mexico as protest and corruption were swallowing their hometown of Caracas. Life in a foreign country became the inspiration for their latest album, La Lucha.

After Fleeing An Apocalypse, La Vida Boheme Embraces Its Immigrant Story

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'Beauty And The Beast,' Music, And More From South By Southwest

This week, we visit the new Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, and we all report back from Austin about the happenings at South By Southwest.

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Nick Hakim Sings His Quiet Soul Into Space

In the Optic Obscura installation at SXSW, Hakim sings some psychedelic soul music for outer-space performed in a room that looks like outer-space.

René Pérez Joglar, aka Residente, visits a village outside the Ghanaian town of Tamale — one of many international communities to serve as the backdrop for the rapper's solo debut. Ruben Salgado Escudero/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Residente Journeys Across The World — And Finds Himself Everywhere

Two years after breaking up the Latin hip-hop juggernaut Calle 13, René Pérez Joglar can't stop connecting dots. The rapper's solo debut turns a simple DNA test into a massive multimedia project.

Run River North (Jennifer Rim, Joe Chun, Alex Hwang, Abe Kim, Daniel Chae and Sally Kang) performs at SXSW's first-ever Asian-American showcase. Stephanie Vu & Zenith Division/Courtesy of Kollaboration hide caption

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At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

This year's SXSW saw the first-ever showcase featuring exclusively Asian-American artists. Organizer Christine Minji Chang says one goal is to broaden Asian Americans' representation in the industry.

At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

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