Russ Borris

Nick Kivlen, Julia Cumming and Jacob Faber, also known as Sunflower Bean, kicked off the Public Radio Day Stage with a bunch of songs from the band's latest album Twentytwo in Blue. The young trio from New York showcased their many sides, including the introspective sweetness of the album's title track and the edgier, more playful tone of "Human For." Their command of the stage and musicianship continues to impress and their set was a clear highlight at the Austin Convention Center.

The first track I heard from the forthcoming Okkervil River record In The Rainbow Rain, out April 27, was "Famous Tracheotomies." It's a name-dropping song exploring the medical histories of various celebrities and it's a song that only Will Sheff could write.

The Australian band Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders has quietly released a handful of albums, the latest of which is titled Playmates; it's due out in the U.S. on Feb. 24.