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Microphone Check
2:37 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

Earl Sweatshirt in Austin, Texas, during SXSW March 21, 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:07 pm

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Songs We Love
5:02 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Hop Along, 'Waitress'

Hop Along's new album, Painted Shut, comes out May 4.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia-based band Hop Along is getting its national breakout moment with Painted Shut (out May 4), its second full-length and first for Saddle Creek Records.

Hop Along's power rests squarely on the talents of lead singer and writer Frances Quinlan. Her voice is huge: urgent, dynamic, sometimes harsh but undeniably intense. Get into it and you'll live and die by her reflective, first-person stories in songs like "Waitress." The words here stem from places of frustration and occasional darkness, but the music is pure, headlong joy.

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All Songs Considered
2:51 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wish You Were There: 42 Photos From SXSW 2015

Avan Lava performs on Saturday night at Cheer Up Charlie's during the 2015 South by Southwest music festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

South by Southwest 2015 has wrapped up, and NPR Music's team in Austin has once again begun to scatter across the United States. For some of us, these five days were amazing and exhausting in equal measure — Stephen Thompson counted 76 bands he saw and sorely needs to rest his feet — while others — really just Bob Boilen — could keep going forever.

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All Songs Considered
12:39 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Watch 5 Late-Night Lullabies From SXSW

Torres performed a late-night South X Lullaby on our final night at SXSW.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:50 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:19 am
Mon March 23, 2015

KEXP Presents: Viet Cong

Viet Cong performs live on KEXP.
BRITTNEY BUSH BOLLAY KEXP

There's a lot of buzz about Viet Cong right now, and for a lot of reasons. But while their pedigree, controversial name and recognizable post-punk influences make for easy talking points, it's their ferocious energy and novel songwriting that seem to resonate so strongly with fans and critics alike.

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Mountain Stage
10:47 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Lee Ann Womack On Mountain Stage

Lee Ann Womack.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Lee Ann Womack appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts in Morgantown. One of country music's most beloved singers, Womack has the rare distinction of having earned the respect and admiration of fans of traditional and contemporary sounds alike. A native of Texas, Womack moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She signed a record deal and in 1997 released her self-titled debut, which reached the Top 10.

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All Songs Considered
10:04 am
Mon March 23, 2015

SXSW 2015 In 10 GIFs

El-P (left) and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels play the Spin party at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:31 am

While you catch up on our favorite discoveries from the SXSW Music Festival, watch

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Songs We Love
9:55 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tal National Brings The Joy On 'Zoy Zoy'

Tal National, the most popular band in the West African country of Niger.
Jason Creps Courtesy of the artists

Just as we hit springtime (finally!), I think I've found the happiest song to greet the season. It comes courtesy of Tal National, a band from the West African country of Niger. This rollicking track is called "Zoy Zoy," which is also the name of their new album.

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SXSW Music Festival
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Torres: South X Lullaby

Torres performed a late-night South X Lullaby on our final night at SXSW.
NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:10 pm

In the final installment of our South X Lullaby series, rising songwriter Torres met us at 2:30 a.m. outside Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she had just blown away a large portion of our contingent in SXSW.

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All Songs Considered
6:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Song Premiere: Geronimo!, 'Fires Of Hell'

Chicago punk band Geronimo! is breaking up on a high note.
Courtesy of the artist

What you're about to hear is the final song of a band's career. Chicago indie-rock act Geronimo!

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First Listen
10:30 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

Missy Mazzoli's new album, Vespers for a New Dark Age, comes out March 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Can robots think and feel? Could there be a day when computers control our lives?

Watch the Spike Jonze movie Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and you get the sense days like these might be just around the corner.

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First Listen
10:27 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: The Soft Moon, 'Deeper'

The Soft Moon's new album, Deeper, comes out March 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Every song on Deeper, the stunning new album from The Soft Moon, bears a one-word title. The synth-based project, which revolves around singer-songwriter Luis Vasquez, has always struck a minimal tone. But on Deeper, Vasquez has distilled The Soft Moon's sound into something even more severe.

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First Listen
10:12 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Ryley Walker, 'Primrose Green'

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First Listen
10:10 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Lower Dens, 'Escape From Evil'

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First Listen
10:07 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

Sufjan Steven's new album, Carrie & Lowell, comes out March 31.
Emmanuel Afolabi Courtesy of the artist

Sufjan Stevens' career has covered vast swaths of thematic ground: To say nothing of his ballet score, his electronic concept record about the Chinese zodiac or his album-length instrumental tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 2005's Illinois and 2003's Michigan synthesized lessons in state history and geography with finely detailed, tenderly emotional treatises on love, faith, grace, alienation, want and death.

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Kintsugi'

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SXSW Music Festival
5:15 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

From Kate Tempest To Torres, Female Artists Shone At SXSW

The crowd was all smiles during NPR Music's showcase at this year's South By Southwest music festival. We can't send you back in time to hear the shows, but you can listen to some of Bob Boilen's favorite performers from the festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:16 pm

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Music
7:02 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Twin Shadow Meets His Muse At The Cemetery Gates

Twin Shadow's new album is called Eclipse.
Milan Zrnic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 8:19 am

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Music Articles
5:22 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

Riyaaz Qawwali performed at New York's globalFEST music festival in January.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 8:19 am

The eyes of the pop music world are on Austin, Texas this week. Thousands of bands and fans have descended upon the city for the South by Southwest music festival. Austin is also home to its own music scene year-round — and one of its more unusual groups is tapping into a sound that has nothing to do with indie rock or hip-hop. They're called Riyaaz Qawwali.

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Music
5:27 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

'We Wanted To Entertain': Jon Spencer On 25 Years In New York

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:21 pm

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, is all about New York City. As leader Jon Spencer explains, it was time to pay homage to the city the band has called home for almost 25 years, even though his love for the place is complicated.

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Front Row
2:35 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Courtney Barnett performed songs from her new album, Sometimes I Think And Sit And Sometimes I Just Sit, at NPR Music's SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:23 pm

Courtney Barnett made her name with 2013's "Avant Gardener," a deadpan, loosely rambling account of a severe anaphylactic attack. The song, like its counterparts on her early EPs, was many things — wordy, funny, surprising, wittily crafted — but it wasn't forceful.

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All Songs Considered
12:32 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Go Record Shopping With Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield goes record shopping at End of an Ear in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 3:08 pm

Maybe it goes without saying, but if you're a musician and have time to kill on the road, you're going to hit up a record store in town. In Austin, Texas, there are many, many options to throw down cash for vinyl, and for Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, her favorite record store is End of an Ear.

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All Songs Considered
10:43 am
Sat March 21, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW: Friday

Swedish rock band Indevotion performs at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin during South by Southwest 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The rain arrived in Austin on Friday, but it didn't wash away the weirdness. One-legged kung-fu dance moves, fog machines that sent off fire alarms that blow out electronic instruments and all sorts of other challenges couldn't stop the music, though, and our team at SXSW has sent back proof: photos, recommendations and a video of Laura Marling playing a song from her new album, Short Movie, at 2 a.m. outside a church.

Here are some of the best things we heard at SXSW on Friday.


Day 4 Picks

Laura Marling

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Front Row
10:13 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Compton rapper Boogie kicked off NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The first voice we heard when Compton rapper Boogie took the stage Wednesday night wasn't his. It was Darius, Boogie's five-year-old son, booming out the speakers and making occasional appearances throughout his set. This is Boogie's first SXSW, among his first concerts and the beginning of a career that will have to be built on the road, which will mean stretches away from his son, stretches when his son's voice will have to be piped in just like it was at Stubb's.

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SXSW Music Festival
10:05 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Laura Marling: South X Lullaby

Laura Marling performed a South x Lullaby called "Walk Alone" on Friday night at SXSW.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 2:41 pm

Late night on Friday at the SXSW music festival is usually when the delirium sets in. After three consecutive 16-hour days of live music, even the sharpest brains begin to lose it (so you can imagine what state ours were in). In other words, it was an opportune moment to meet up with British songwriter Laura Marling, who owns a voice as clear as the bells at the top of nearby St. David's Episcopal Church.

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All Songs Considered
7:04 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Have Brunch With Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff shares brunch with friends at Austin's Driskoll Hotel during SXSW 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:46 am

"I've been coming here for so long," Jack Antonoff says of SXSW while waiting for a breakfast table at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. "The first time I came, in 2003, I had one show at a sushi place that like nine friends came to. Which I thought was the coolest thing because I was like, 'I'm at South by Southwest!'"

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Music Interviews
4:36 am
Sat March 21, 2015

'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Shamir's dance music has gospel, country, and disco influences, but it's his androgynous voice that surprises most people.
Ruvan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:56 am

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Music
3:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

'Still The King': A Tribute To An Icon Of Western Swing

Ray Benson (center) and his band, the Grammy-winning country outfit Asleep at the Wheel, have long been stewards of the sound co-pioneered by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Lisa Pollard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:20 pm

"The essence of the Bob Wills sound, and the reason he picked and did what he did, is that it was dance music — period."

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Music
3:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Seinabo Sey Touches Down In Austin

Seinabo Sey performs at The Fader Fort during this year's SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:58 pm

This week in Austin, Texas, Seinabo Sey gave her first performance at South by Southwest. It was an emotional moment for the singer, who told the crowd that if there's one thing she'd like them to learn from her music, it's that "anything is possible. You have to understand: I am from a tiny town on the west coast of Sweden."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and bandleader Marian McPartland was a renowned jazz artist who performed for seven decades. She was also one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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