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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No Nostalgia


Pobre Mary (a.k.a. El Boogie de la Muerte)

Visit Guadalupe Plata on Bandcamp for more information.

Expanding Anyway

Zut Alore!

Visit Zorch's website for more information.

Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover)

Visit Owen Weaver's website for more information.

Tempting Time

So High

Heart Attack

Glass Tambourine

Visit Merge Records for more information.


Love Crime

Shadows On Behalf

Visit Stones Throw Records for more information.

Ego Death

Swimmer, Dreams Don't Keep

Visit Amanda Shires' website for more information.

Squealing Pigs


California Killer

Visit The Vandelles' website for more information.


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