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Backed by two drummers, electronic pop artist Dan Deacon needed only a table full of electronics and a ringleader's personality to launch a wild dance party at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase. (Katie Hayes Luke for NPR)

SXSW 2012

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Our day party poster for The Parish in its natural habitat: An over-stapled bulletin board.

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Can't tell if line to NPR Music's day party at The Parish or SXSW fashion show.

Surrounded by a lively and crackling band, Sugar Tongue Slim cut a smiling and conspiratorial f...

"We live in a post-authentic world. Today, authenticity is a house of mirrors." That was just on...

Late Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen and the retooled E Street Band ripped through a nearly thr...

"We live in a post-authentic world. Today, authenticity is a house of mirrors." That was just one...

Like hundreds of other musicians and fans, NPR Music arrived in Austin, Texas, before the offici...

Enjoy those calories now. They will destroy you by the end of SXSW.

Break dancers perform on 6th Street at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

When is it not "jorts" weather in Austin?

Old and busted: Getting to that Tanlines show by foot. The new hotness: Purple light rickshaws.

Wearing paint-splattered clothes, the Venezuelan dance-rock band La Vida Boheme kicked off NPR Mu...

Polica's stage show was a welcome jolt of beauty and power in contrast to the shimmery debut albu...

Mixing songs from 2010's majestic Twin Hand Movement with some new material from the hot...

"No greens till Brooklyn, am I right?!"

Free metal from what? FREE METAL FROM WHAT, I ASK.

Thomas Wesley Stern performs on 6th Street at SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night. You wouldn'...

SXSW: Where glow-in-the-dark hula-hooping is considered sport.

New York City's Naked Cowboy has a little-known cousin in Austin. We didn't catch his name, but w...

Late Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen and the retooled E Street Band ripped through a nearly thr...

Dude just off-center was all agape at the awesome Sugar Tongue Slim show.

Comedian and This American Life contributor Mike Birbiglia introduces Sharon Van Etten a...

When Sharon Van Etten sings, it's like she's singing just to you, and then maybe you awkwardly si...

Untrue fact: The Stubb's bandshell doubled as an alien spacecraft in The X-Files episode...

Travis Sethman from Denver, freestyles with his group The FAMM.

Start 'em young: Christian Brothers, from L.A., plays in the middle of the street during SXSW.

"Can't stop unloading or the van will eat me. Can't stop unloading or the van will eat me. Can't ...

Our day party poster for The Parish in its natural habitat: An over-stapled bulletin board.

Can't tell if line to NPR Music's day party at The Parish or SXSW fashion show.

It's always quite the occasion when Stephin Merritt takes The Magnetic Fields on the road, and he...

Avatar was actually good. This side of the room dance..." class="lightbox">Avatar was actually good. This side of the room dance..." src="" />

"This side of the room dances like Avatar was actually good. This side of the room dance...

Surrounded by a lively and crackling band, Sugar Tongue Slim cut a smiling and conspiratorial fig...

Sharon Van Etten, a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, built a brooding set on stealthy rock u...

Brittany Howard, the charismatic lead singer for the rock/soul outfit Alabama Shakes, told Bob B...

Backed by two drummers, electronic pop artist Dan Deacon needed only a table full of electronics...

Toward the end of Dan Deacon's set, a collaborator led the audience in a choreographed dance-off.

The violinist Andrew Bird — also a composer, and singer and accomplished whistler — headlined NP...

We don't really know what poi dancing is, but it makes sense that a dude in dreadlocks has taken ...

Nighttime bicycling in Austin.

We don't know what's happening here either.

The reunited Jesus and Mary Chain played the Paste Party at the Belmont on Thursday, washing over...

Fiona Apple opened NPR Music's SXSW Showcase with her first concert outside Los Angeles in five y...

Tarrence Cowherd: DJ, beefcake.

"Really, it's more of a queue than a line."

At Uncorked on Friday night, Kishi Bashi used violin and vocals plus loops to create a sound that...

THEESatisfaction, the female rap duo from Seattle, gives a sneak peek of its Sub Pop debut at Red...

This poor guy really wanted to premiere his solo piece for violin and wolf mask, 'Lycanthropic Te...

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Bleeding Knees Club? More like Hair Club for Men Success Stories, am I right?!

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Keepin' it simple: On Saturday night, Yellow Ostrich's minimalist drum kit and spare guitar effec...

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Molly Hamilton's haunting croon enveloped the Captured Tracks showcase on Saturday with her band,...

Huichol jewelry.

We didn't know that King Diamond had a cyberpunk little brother either.

Yes, yes, this old dude at SXSW has some righteous facial hair, but what about that Wolverine vs....

Like Nero before his coliseum, if a band just wasn't cutting it, the giant vending machine doubli...

Huichol artist at SXSW.

Well, at least this food truck offers some vegetables.

Tim Gunn could not be reached for comment.

Since Star Trek: The Next Generation's cancellation, Lt. Geordi La Forge has fallen on h...

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