Music reviewed: SXSW 2012 on NPR

Bob Boilen, producer and co-host Robin Hilton, editor Stephen Thompson and NPR Music critic Ann Powers talk about the bands they're most excited to see this year at South by Southwest...

Head to our SXSW page for NPR Music's full coverage of this year's festival. See a list of bands we'll feature live and set times for when they're playing, and hear our Austin 100 stream — 100 songs from 100 bands performing at this year's festival.

Some of the bands discussed:

The solo project from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire) greets the world with Travelers, the first single from the upcoming album Natives (February 21, 2012, Luaka Bop).

The City and Horses

Grey Filastine is an audio-visual artist born in Los Angeles, based in Barcelona, and often nomadic. He composes a dense transnational bass music that collides the lowest frequencies of dubstep with the highest-level beat science, acoustic strings, voices, and gathered street noises. The results are "Awesome and delicate... hybrids so fluent they defy classification." -Pitchfork

Quiet Company

Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business

ZZ Ward

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Kishi Bashi

Related: Heather Browne of I am Fuel You Are Friends - Her SXSW shortlist and top bands

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