Support
provided by:
close
 
The Magnetic Fields plays NPR Music's day party at The Parish on Thursday in Austin.

Watch The Magnetic Fields, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

April 11, 2012 – The Magnetic Fields' hold on a live crowd is powerful enough to yield pin-drop silence.

ListenPlaylist

Fiona Apple plays NPR's SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday evening in Austin.

Listen Fiona Apple, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

April 11, 2012 – Hear a three-song set from Apple's commanding return to the public stage.

ListenPlaylist

THEESatisfaction, the female rap duo from Seattle, gives a sneak peek of its Sub Pop debut at Red 7 on Friday night.

Read Women Rock SXSW

March 19, 2012 – Over the course of five days in Austin, a handful of promising acts peeked through the noisy chaos.

In a nearly hour-long address from the stage of the Austin Convention Center at South By Southwest, Bruce Springsteen spoke about his life as a musician and artists who influenced his career.

Listen Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 Keynote Speech

March 18, 2012 – In a nearly hour-long address Springsteen spoke about his life as a musician and his influences.

ListenPlaylist

Anthony Anzaldo of the California rock band Ceremony performs at the Red 7 patio on Saturday, March 17 during the 2012 South by Southwest music conference.

Listen SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Saturday

March 18, 2012 – The final night at South By Southwest offered favorites, classic performances and a few surprises.

ListenPlaylist

Eventual concertgoers at SXSW wait in line along 6th Street in Austin, Texas.

Read Hot At SXSW 2012: Lines

March 17, 2012 – Notes on a trend at this year's festival, and a proposal for making next year even more special.

Catherine Harris-White of the hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction performs at Red 7 in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest music conference.

Listen SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Friday

March 17, 2012 – Day three at South by Southwest included a set from the band with the biggest song in the country.

ListenPlaylist

The paint-splattered members of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme won over NPR Music's team on the second day of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Listen SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Thursday Recap

March 16, 2012 – Thursday brought NPR Music's day party, two performances by Bruce Springsteen and lots of emotion.

ListenPlaylist

Channy Leaneagh of the Minneapolis-based band Polica, at NPR's SXSW day party in Austin, Texas.

Watch Polica, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – Newcomers from Minneapolis mix two live drummers with a singer whose voice is heavily manipulated.

ListenPlaylist

Baltimore's Lower Dens, led by singer/guitarist Jana Hunter, perform at NPR Music's SXSW day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

Watch Lower Dens, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – Live in Austin, the Baltimore band mixes warm and cool to build intensity out of difficult emotions.

Sugar Tongue Slim brought a live band along with samples by Gotye and Kavinsky to his set at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

Watch Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – The versatile, playful rapper mixed samples with a live-band bounce that quickly won over the crowd.

ListenPlaylist

Rafael Perez (left) and Henry D'Arthenay of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme.

Watch La Vida Boheme, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – The Venezuelan dance-rock band kicked off the party with chant-along songs and stage-shaking energy.

ListenPlaylist

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes won over the crowd at Stubbs — as well as NPR Music's crew — during the band's set at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Listen SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday

March 15, 2012 – Highlights from day one at SXSW included discoveries, old favorites and our official showcase.

ListenPlaylist

Andrew Bird performs a headlining set at Stubb's during SXSW 2012.

Watch Andrew Bird, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – Bird made his lone show at the festival count, holding the stage for one sweet, soaring hour.

The Alabama Shakes' lead singer, Brittany Howard, onstage at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's Wednesday night.

Watch Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

March 15, 2012 – Armed with a bright new batch of songs, lead singer Brittany Howard fed off a crowd 2,000 strong.

ListenPlaylist

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor