Stephen Thompson http://kut.org en The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix http://kut.org/post/austin-100-sxsw-2014-mix Every year, more than 2,000 acts swarm to SXSW — and every year, NPR Music painstakingly handpicks 100 of the music festival's best discoveries for a downloadable six-hour sampler. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:22:29 +0000 Stephen Thompson 9882 at http://kut.org The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix The Mix: The Austin 100 http://kut.org/post/free-download-100-mp3s-2013-sxsw-music-artists <em><strong>Audio for The Austin 100 is no longer available.</strong></em><p>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.<p>Handpicked from among thousands of artists, this genre-traversing playlist picks highlights, discoveries and future thrills from this year's festival — and, for the next 30 days, it's available for free download in its entirety, as one 813 MB zip file, right here. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:25:34 +0000 Stephen Thompson 6827 at http://kut.org The Mix: The Austin 100 The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars? http://kut.org/post/should-i-come-sxsw-if-i-dont-have-badge-or-billion-dollars <em>[This story originally ran on Feb. 22, 2013, but still applies today.]</em><p>We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Valentine's Day cards that got returned with no forwarding address is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how music fans could and should approach SXSW, the gigantic music festival held every March in Austin, Texas.<p><strong>Laura Ann Klein writes: "How does a non-industry professional manage the big festivals like SXSW? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:13:34 +0000 Stephen Thompson 6716 at http://kut.org The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars? Lyle Lovett: Tiny Desk Concert http://kut.org/post/lyle-lovett-digs-back-catalog-nprs-tiny-desk-concert For all of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15005179/lyle-lovett">Lyle Lovett</a>'s considerable artistic gifts — a distinctive voice, easygoing charisma, rare talent for wordplay — his greatest attribute may be the way he radiates infectious calm. He's a one-time tabloid fixture who writes wry, bittersweet songs of longing, but Lovett in person is like a vortex into which stress and drama disappear. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:20:05 +0000 Stephen Thompson 5878 at http://kut.org Lyle Lovett: Tiny Desk Concert The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix http://kut.org/post/austin-100-sxsw-mix <em>This audio is no longer available.</em><p>SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:22:27 +0000 Stephen Thompson 3762 at http://kut.org The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix Austin's Shearwater Soars With 'Animal Joy' http://kut.org/post/austins-shearwater-soars-animal-joy <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Many singers work in miniature, opting to sketch out small moments or document fragile emotions, then mumble into their own chests to ratchet up the intimacy. Then there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/111981602/wye-oak">Shearwater</a>, whose far-reaching songs about man's relationship with nature boom and swoop with epic grace and grandeur. Jonathan Meiburg's strident vocals often drop to a high falsetto whisper, but he's not afraid to be audible from the farthest reaches of space, either. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:00:24 +0000 Stephen Thompson 3597 at http://kut.org Austin's Shearwater Soars With 'Animal Joy'