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Spoon performs at SXSW Music Festival on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (AP)
Spoon performs at SXSW Music Festival on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (AP)

They’re sweeping up in Austin, Texas after this year’s big South by Southwest music festival. Two thousand bands. Eighty venues. And a whole lot of hot music.
Spoon was a big act. Not to mention Lissie, Hole, Black Prairie, Yellow Fever, Surfer Blood, Neon Indian. They had pop, punk, power pop, indie rock, chillwave.
It may be your playlist. It may not. It’s ours this hour.
This hour, On Point: the sound of South by Southwest.

Guests:

From Atlanta we're joined by Rachael Maddux, associate editor at Paste Magazine. She attended her third SXSW music festival this year (see all of Paste's SXSW coverage). Her February cover story was "Is Indie Dead?"

From New York, we're joined by Chris Weingarten, a music critic who has written for RollingStone.com, Spin, and The Village Voice. He tweet-reviewed 100 shows in four days at SXSW for Rolling Stone’s Twitter feed. His own Twitter feed is @1000TimesYes.

More links:
See NPR's full coverage of the SXSW festival, as well as Austin affiliate KUT's.
Here's our playlist for this hour:

"Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)" -- Carolina Chocolate Drops (live from the KUT show at the Hilton)

"Is Love Forever?"Spoon (live from the NPR Music show at Stubb’s)

"When My Time Comes" -- Dawes (live from Auditorium Shores)

"Nothing Else Matters"Lissie (live from the Galaxy Room at the Paste party)

"Malibu"Hole (live from the Dirty Dog)

"Ostinato Del Caminito" — Black Prairie (live from the Galaxy Room)

"Free Energy"Free Energy (live from the Fader Fort)

"Up Up Up"Givers (live from the Galaxy Room at the Paste party)

"Blood"The Middle East (live from the Galaxy Room at the Paste party)

"Should Have Taken Acid With You"Neon Indian (live from the IFC Crossroads House)

"Why We Build the Wall"Anais Mitchell (live from the studios of KUT at SXSW)

"Blue Bicycle"Hauschka

"Ecstatic Rite"Liturgy

"Fight for Love"Visqueen (live from the NPR Music show at Stubb’s)

This program aired on March 26, 2010.

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