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3:33 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

'We Wanted To Entertain': Jon Spencer On 25 Years In New York

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:21 pm

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, is all about New York City. As leader Jon Spencer explains, it was time to pay homage to the city the band has called home for almost 25 years, even though his love for the place is complicated.

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Front Row
1:35 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Courtney Barnett performed songs from her new album, Sometimes I Think And Sit And Sometimes I Just Sit, at NPR Music's SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 11:23 am

Courtney Barnett made her name with 2013's "Avant Gardener," a deadpan, loosely rambling account of a severe anaphylactic attack. The song, like its counterparts on her early EPs, was many things — wordy, funny, surprising, wittily crafted — but it wasn't forceful.

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All Songs Considered
12:26 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Go Record Shopping With Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield goes record shopping at End of an Ear in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 2:08 pm

Maybe it goes without saying, but if you're a musician and have time to kill on the road, you're going to hit up a record store in town. In Austin, Texas, there are many, many options to throw down cash for vinyl, and for Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, her favorite record store is End of an Ear.

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SXSW Music Festival
9:25 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Laura Marling: South X Lullaby

Laura Marling performed a South x Lullaby called "Walk Alone" on Friday night at SXSW.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 1:41 pm

Late night on Friday at the SXSW music festival is usually when the delirium sets in. After three consecutive 16-hour days of live music, even the sharpest brains begin to lose it (so you can imagine what state ours were in). In other words, it was an opportune moment to meet up with British songwriter Laura Marling, who owns a voice as clear as the bells at the top of nearby St. David's Episcopal Church.

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Front Row
9:13 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Compton rapper Boogie kicked off NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The first voice we heard when Compton rapper Boogie took the stage Wednesday night wasn't his. It was Darius, Boogie's five-year-old son, booming out the speakers and making occasional appearances throughout his set. This is Boogie's first SXSW, among his first concerts and the beginning of a career that will have to be built on the road, which will mean stretches away from his son, stretches when his son's voice will have to be piped in just like it was at Stubb's.

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All Songs Considered
9:13 am
Sat March 21, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW: Friday

Swedish rock band Indevotion performs at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin during South by Southwest 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:43 am

The rain arrived in Austin on Friday, but it didn't wash away the weirdness. One-legged kung-fu dance moves, fog machines that sent off fire alarms that blow out electronic instruments and all sorts of other challenges couldn't stop the music, though, and our team at SXSW has sent back proof: photos, recommendations and a video of Laura Marling playing a song from her new album, Short Movie, at 2 a.m. outside a church.

Here are some of the best things we heard at SXSW on Friday.


Day 4 Picks

Laura Marling

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All Songs Considered
6:04 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Have Brunch With Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff shares brunch with friends at Austin's Driskoll Hotel during SXSW 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:46 am

"I've been coming here for so long," Jack Antonoff says of SXSW while waiting for a breakfast table at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. "The first time I came, in 2003, I had one show at a sushi place that like nine friends came to. Which I thought was the coolest thing because I was like, 'I'm at South by Southwest!'"

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Music Interviews
3:36 am
Sat March 21, 2015

'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Shamir's dance music has gospel, country, and disco influences, but it's his androgynous voice that surprises most people.
Ruvan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 8:56 am

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Music
2:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

'Still The King': A Tribute To An Icon Of Western Swing

Ray Benson (center) and his band, the Grammy-winning country outfit Asleep at the Wheel, have long been stewards of the sound co-pioneered by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Lisa Pollard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:20 pm

"The essence of the Bob Wills sound, and the reason he picked and did what he did, is that it was dance music — period."

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Music
2:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Seinabo Sey Touches Down In Austin

Seinabo Sey performs at The Fader Fort during this year's SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

This week in Austin, Texas, Seinabo Sey gave her first performance at South by Southwest. It was an emotional moment for the singer, who told the crowd that if there's one thing she'd like them to learn from her music, it's that "anything is possible. You have to understand: I am from a tiny town on the west coast of Sweden."

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