March 1, 2012
Anna Christopher, NPR




NPR Music Free Day Party Features The Magnetic Fields,
Lower Dens, La Vida Boheme, Poliša & Sugar Tongue Slim
March 15 at 12:30PM (CT) at the Parish

NPR Music will mark its fifth trip to SXSW by bringing audiences a series of firsts: Fiona Apple marks her return to the national spotlight when she opens NPR Music's official SXSW showcase at Stubb's on March 14, her first concert outside of Los Angeles in five years. Next up, the just announced first live broadcast of the SXSW music keynote, featuring Bruce Springsteen. And, on March 15, Magnetic Fields headline the annual NPR Music day party during (if you can believe it) their first trip to SXSW.

The events will be available to audiences everywhere through live audio and video streams at, in the NPR Music iPad and iPhone Apps and broadcasts on NPR member stations across the country. All concert webcasts, archived recordings, reports, photo galleries and the SXSW podcast will be at, along with the Austin 100, a streaming and downloadable sampler of must-hear bands of SXSW.

NPR Music is live video streaming acts from the SXSW opening night showcase at Stubb's, and once again offers its annual daytime concert at the Parish:

NPR Music Presents SXSW Showcase Live from Stubb's
Wednesday, March 14 at 7:45PM (CT)
*SXSW Badge Required*
Fiona Apple makes her returns to the national spotlight with a special performance. This set will not be broadcast live, but stay tuned for more details. After Apple, NPR Music's live video webcast will feature headliner Andrew Bird (whose new album can be heard now at NPR Music), soul rockers The Alabama Shakes, electronic musician Dan Deacon and singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

NPR Music Presents Live from the Parish
Thursday, March 15 at 12:30PM (CT)
*Free and Public Event (21+), Space Limited*
A week after the release of their album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea (hear it now as an NPR Music First Listen), The Magnetic Fields come to SXSW for the first time as the main act of the annual NPR Music day party. The band is joined by Baltimore-based quintet Lower Dens, dark pop act Poliša, progressive rap artist Sugar Tongue Slim and Venezuelan rockers La Vida Boheme.

Hosting the showcases and all of NPR Music's SXSW coverage are Bob Boilen, host and creator of All Songs Considered; NPR music critic Ann Powers; and David Brown, host of Texas Music Matters on KUT. Boilen, Powers and All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton will have all the news from the festival (and infamous midnight recaps) at Follow @allsongs and @nprmusic to keep tabs.

Joining NPR Music in SXSW revelry are six public radio station partners - KUT Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KCRW Los Angeles, KEXP Seattle and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio. Throughout the week, find artist interviews, reports and live performance sessions at and at the stations' websites. Stations are also hosting many of their own concerts and events.

Since 2008, NPR Music and stations have broadcast and webcast a slew of concerts from SXSW, debuting new albums from The Decemberists and Broken Bells, and introducing audiences to Sleigh Bells, K'Naan, Bon Iver and many others. All past concerts, along with artist interviews and live audio and video performance sessions, are archived at: The free, Emmy Award-winning multimedia site and its iPad and iPhone apps offer constant new features and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community.