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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."