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Tokyo Police Club Goes Acoustic for SXSW

The Current

Tokyo Police Club's party-starting mod-punk show up minus its heavy rhythms, in an acoustic version of "Tesselate." David Monks sits solo on The Current's stage, on the corner of 7th and Red River in Austin, for the SXSW festival.

The Heavy Gets Dirty and Funky

The Current

Traveling from Noid, a small town in England, The Heavy creates a one-of-a-kind retro-soul sound that's heavy, dirty, and funky. Performing at the corner of 7th and Red River in Austin, Tex., the band plays "That Kind of Man" for a crowd at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Carbon/Silicon Spreads 'The News' at SXSW

The Current

Carbon/Silicon is a collaboration between The Clash's Mick Jones and Tony James of the Billy Idol-fronted Generation X, but its sound veers more toward danceable rock. See and hear the band play "The News" at the corner of 7th and Red River in Austin, Tex., for SXSW.

Bowerbirds: What Sunday Morning Sounds Like

With sharp songwriting and constant touring, the Bowerbirds trio of North Carolina are turning heads around the country. They play from their debut album, Hymns for a Dark Horse.

Bowerbirds: What Sunday Morning Sounds Like

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Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

The soulful singer-songwriter talks about her new album, The Orchard, during a studio performance chat. Wright opens up about her music, her life, and what's next for her recording career.

Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

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Ingrid Michaelson Is Everywhere

New York City indie-pop artist Ingrid Michaelson got her big break when Old Navy used her song "The Way I Am" for a sweater collection. She takes time out to play for the Bryant Park Project.

Ingrid Michaelson Is Everywhere

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Jose Gonzalez: Unlikely Art

KUT 90.5

Beneath the gentle exterior of Jose Gonzalez's soothing, lilting voice and trademark "chord-picking" guitar lies a deeper and sometimes darker driving force. For KUT's Retread Sessions, Gonzalez performed two songs at the Blanton Museum to pleasantly surprised visitors.

In from the Cold with White Hinterland

Singer-songwriter Casey Dienel talks about making the transition from solo artist to bandleader, struggling with nerves as a performer, and watching people disassemble a giant whale that had washed up on the beach near her hometown.

In from the Cold with White Hinterland

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Hot Chip Finds Magic in the 'Dark'

The British electro-pop band Hot Chip samples and tweaks old sounds to create new songs. The group performs work from its latest album, Made in the Dark.

Hot Chip Finds Magic in the 'Dark'

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Jack Johnson Tunes in the 'Static'

Known for his sunny, acoustic leanings, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is back with a dark, electric record, Sleep Through the Static. Johnson stopped by to play some songs from the album.

Listen to Jack Johnson's complete interview and performance

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The Klaxons: Piano-Pop in a 'New Rave'

The Current

The British press has credited The Klaxons with pioneering a genre called "new rave," which is really a mask for a heavy-handed dose of pop with a dance-punk kick. The band stopped by The Current to perform a version of its hit, "Golden Skans."

The Whigs Play The BPP

The Whigs are hailed as leading a return to All-American Rock. The band from Athens, Georgia, plays from their new album, Mission Control.

The Whigs Play Out of 'Control'

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Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

The band Ida specializes in indie rock and children's music. The unusual duo stops by the studio to play some songs from their new album called Lovers Prayers.

Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

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Alice Smith Makes Music 'For Lovers'

Hear an in-studio performance by Alice Smith, a New York-based soul singer whose latest album is titled For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me. Smith also discusses her attempts to cross the boundaries of race in the music industry.