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SXSW 2011 Preview

Raphael Saadiq (upper left), The Joy Formidable (upper right), WILD FLAG (bottom) (Courtesy of the artists)

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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