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All Songs Considered
5:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Our SXSW Plans: Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Youth Lagoon, More

Mito Habe-Evans NPR Music

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 12:03 pm

Get some earplugs and a case of your favorite caffeinated beverage ready: The annual sensory-overload-joy-fest known as South by Southwest is almost here. Bob Boilen, Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson and I, along with a small army of other NPR Music peeps, will be there next week for the whole thing. Whether you'll be in Austin for the festival, or watching and listening on our website, we hope you'll join us for these events:


WEDNESDAY, March 13

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World Cafe
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:47 pm

Idaho native and folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been named one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste. Ritter's seventh album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released last March. Inspired by the breakup of his marriage, the record offers a raw and personal account of heartbreak and recovery.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

'Funeral March of a Marionette': Puppet Music Promoted By Hitchcock

Charles Gounod's quirky march about marionettes found new life as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense show on TV.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:17 pm

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All Songs Considered
5:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

This Week's Mix: New Flaming Lips, Surfer Blood, Sufjan Stevens, More

Clockwise from upper left: Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Maria Schneider, Surfer Blood.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 2:52 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by some familiar friends from the NPR Music team, who share their latest musical finds.

Bob starts things off with a brand-new track from the Floridian indie-rock band Surfer Blood. Its new album Pythons isn't out until June, but you can hear "Demon Dance" before anyone else right here.

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The Record
5:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Why I'm Not Going To SXSW This Year

SXSW festival-goers line up at The Parish on Sixth Street in Austin for NPR Music's day party March 15, 2012.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:11 am

As a music journalist from the North Country, I'd be a fool to pass up the opportunity to head down Austin, Texas, each March for the South by Southwest Music Conference. It provides those of us on the ice-whipped prairie a respite from our endless winter season, not to mention a chance to binge on the best burgeoning artists before they make their way around the country on tour. It's become something of a requisite for many of the musicians, writers, photographers and fans from my hometown.

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Planet Money
5:33 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Dow Isn't Really At A Record High (And It Wouldn't Matter If It Were)

Related: The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is increasingly irrelevant to the stock market. But a picture of a room full of computers would be super boring.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:28 pm

Just a quick, cranky reminder: Despite what you may have read, the Dow Jones industrial average did not hit a new high today in any meaningful sen

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The Picture Show
5:33 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Live From North Korea, An Instagram Feed

Posted Feb. 16: "This little North Korean dude and his school buddies, were playing with one of my cameras this morning at Mansu Hill in #Pyongyang."
David Guttenfelder AP

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:50 pm

If nuclear concerns haven't pushed North Korea back to the front of American consciousness, Dennis Rodman's recent visit has. It's a reminder of just how rare an opportunity it is to meet with the North Korean leader; NPR's news blog says Rodman is "the only American to have met and talked with Kim [Jong Un]."

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SXSW: Live From Austin
5:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Alt.Latino Presents Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, Bajofondo And More At SXSW 2013

Cafe Tacvba will headline the Alt.Latino showcase in Austin on March 14 during South By Southwest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:08 pm

Earlier this year, when NPR Music told us we'd present our first Latin Alternative showcase at South by Southwest, we were asked to dream up the most fantastic, mind-blowing lineup we could possibly imagine. I jokingly told my co-host, Felix Contreras, that we should get the legendary Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, to which he jokingly responded that we should just throw in the iconic group Molotov. I might have sarcastically quipped that we should also inquire about The Rolling Stones' availability.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
5:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Mix: The Austin 100

Molly Hamilton of Widowspeak is one of the 100 acts with songs in our annual SXSW sampler.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:03 pm

Audio for The Austin 100 is no longer available.

It says a lot about SXSW's size and scope that this "sampler" of the annual music festival spans six and a half hours, but here we are: 100 songs by 100 artists worth discovering at this year's big event.

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Planet Money
5:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ask A Banker: Shadow Banking Is Like Banking, Only Shadier

Not just an empty suit.
Paul Goyette Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:02 am

Hi! It's Ask a Banker! Once again, I'm a former banker, current Dealbreaker editor and occasional answerer of questions here. Send more questions to planetmoney@npr.org with "ask a banker" in the subject line, or ask on Twitter (@planetmoney). This week's question comes from Ellen in Minneapolis and I think you'll like it:

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