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Clockwise from upper left: Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson of The Uncluded, guitarist William Tyler, singer Cassandra Jenkins and Laura Marling Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!" Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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50 years after the band was founded, The Zombies still count as a discovery for many attendees of SXSW. Here, Rod Argent (left) and Jim Rodford play to a warm reception on the festival's final night at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas. Sean Mathis/Getty Images hide caption

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Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013. Mike Katzif/WNYC hide caption

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The Flaming Lips on stage at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. The band played its 2002 album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Jordan Naylor/Getty Images hide caption

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Karen O led the Yeah Yeah Yeahs through a set at Stubb's that included songs from the band's new album, Mosquito. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Jim James onstage during the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Music festival in Austin, Texas. Rita Quinn/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Bombino, Waxahatchee, Brainstorm, KEN Mode Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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