SXSW 2011 Preview : All Songs Considered South by Southwest is just around the corner and this week on All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers discuss which acts they're most excited to see.

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All Songs Considered is Austin-bound! On this week's show, host Bob Boilen, producer Robin Hilton, editor Stephen Thompson and NPR Music critic Ann Powers talk about the bands they're most excited to see this year at South by Southwest. The four-day festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 16 in Austin, Texas, and features close to 2,000 artists, who span countless genres and sport some fiercely esoteric names. (Ringo Deathstarr, anyone?)

Also on the show this week, a look at a few of the SXSW performances NPR Music will be streaming live — including soul and R&B standard-bearer Raphael Saadiq, Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable and supergroup WILD FLAG (featuring our long-lost friend Carrie Brownstein, among others).

Head to our SXSW page for NPR Music's full coverage of this year's festival. See a list of bands we'll feature live and set times for when they're playing, and hear our "Austin 100" stream — 100 songs from 100 bands performing at this year's festival.

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No Nostalgia

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From 'Alright You Restless'

By AgesandAges

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Daisy

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From 'Fang Island'

By Fang Island

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Pobre Mary (a.k.a. El Boogie de la Muerte)

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From 'Guadalupe Plata'

By Guadalupe Plata

Visit Guadalupe Plata on Bandcamp for more information.

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Expanding Anyway

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From 'Expanding Anyway'

By Morning Teleportation

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Zut Alore!

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From 'Demo'

By Zorch

Visit Zorch's website for more information.

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Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover)

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From '(Unreleased)'

By Owen Weaver

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Tempting Time

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From 'Animals As Leaders'

By Animals As Leaders

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So High

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From 'Colour Trip'

By Ringo Deathstarr

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Heart Attack

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From 'Stone Rollin''

By Raphael Saadiq

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Glass Tambourine

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From '"Future Crimes" b/w "Glass Tambourine" 7-Inch'

By WILD FLAG

Visit Merge Records for more information.

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Cradle

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From 'The Big Roar'

By The Joy Formidable

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WHALE

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From 'The Mistress'

By Yellow Ostrich

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Love Crime

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From 'Strange Hearts'

By Secret Cities

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Shadows On Behalf

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From 'Shadows On Behalf (12" Single)'

By The Stepkids

Visit Stones Throw Records for more information.

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Ego Death

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From 'Exploding Head'

By A Place to Bury Strangers

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Swimmer, Dreams Don't Keep

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From 'Carrying Lightning'

By Amanda Shires

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Squealing Pigs

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From 'Boots Met My Face'

By Admiral Fallow

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Rainforts

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From 'No Gold'

By No Gold

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California Killer

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From 'Del Black Aloha'

By The Vandelles

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