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SXSW 2008: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut is a charming piece of Afropop-flecked indie-rock. Its tones are as starch-clean as Vampire Weekend's Oxford shirts, and its melodies as perky as popped collars.

Vampire Weekend in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sings in a heartbreaking falsetto as his backing band provides a comforting wash of gentle guitars, set against distant atmospherics and harmonies that echo through the ether.

Bon Iver in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Shout Out Louds

With its cheery melodies, coy vocals, and bedroom-dance-party rhythms, the Swedish indie-pop quintet finds more infectious joy in its music than the Cure's Robert Smith ever did.

Shout Out Louds in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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