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The brother-sister duo Wild Belle found inspiration for its latest recording in its native city of Chicago, in its adopted homes in Los Angeles and Jamaica, and most of all in its members' romantic entanglements. The pair's island pop is a refreshing treat — especially the title track from Dreamland.

Set List

  • "Dreamland"

Watch Wild Belle's full performance at KCRW.com.

Charles Bradley took the stage at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas, Wednesday night, clad in an amazing, rhinestone-bedecked jacket that made his cuffs and collar sparkle like diamonds. Not for nothing is he known as "the screaming eagle of soul."

Masters of the groove of all kinds, the vatos in Chicano Batman rock out a seriously old school quinceñera cumbia. "La Manzanita" closed the band's set at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas.

Watch the entire concert here, or check out other songs in the set list below.

Set List

Sometimes if feels as if the crowds at Stubb's BBQ during SXSW are just too cool to dance. But not tonight. Southern California's Chicano Batman sent waves of velvet-sounding Chicano soul out over the audience at Stubb's — think 1970s-era guitar and organ funk played by a band outfitted in quinceañera tuxedos. When the band shifted into a high energy cumbia I saw spontaneous dancing breaking out on the dirt floor of the outdoor venue.

Margo Price, Live In Concert: SXSW 2016

Mar 24, 2016

Margo Price's debut album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, is full of hard-bitten country-rock odes to drink and trouble — the sort of thing you'd hear either 50 years ago or on the leading edge of country music today. Thankfully, her long underdog story, which includes a hocked wedding ring and a new home on Jack White's Third Man label, has finally led her to stages the size of this one at Stubb's in Austin, Texas.

Without a doubt, Anderson .Paak is the new "it" guy of that place where R&B and hip-hop overlap. It sort of happened overnight, and we can kind of credit Dr. Dre, who gave .Paak permission to leave his fingerprints all over Dre's long-awaited return to music, 2015's Compton.

Mitski opened her set at NPR Music's 2016 SXSW showcase with one of the catchiest songs from Bury Me At Makeout Creek, her breakout 2014 album. Over crunchy guitars and punchy drums, she recounts a house party gone wrong and details her macabre romantic prospects: "I want a love that falls as fast as a body from a balcony / I want a kiss like my heart is hitting the ground."

Watch the entire set here, or check out individual songs in the set list below.

On paper, Vince Staples headlining an NPR showcase doesn't make a lick of sense. He's a young, black rapper, with production that veers toward the dissonant and gritty, and aggressive, colorful lyrics that speak pointedly to the systemic issues that plague his hometown of Long Beach, Calif. But in action, Staples closing out a night that also featured soul, Chicano punk, indie rock and country made all the sense in the world.

In the 1970s and '80s, Timmy Thomas was the heart and soul of Miami's rhythm and blues wing. Not only was he a musical cornerstone of the local TK Records (KC & the Sunshine Band, George McRae) and a songwriter/producer for singers like Betty Wright and Gwen McRae; he was also a hit-maker, most importantly with the iconic 1973 soul No.

At midnight on Friday night, Mt. Wolf brought us a legitimate lullaby for our South X Lullaby series. Singing its single "Hex" while sprawled across the bed in Bob Boilen's hotel room, the British band made the otherwise anonymous space intimately personal. Sebastian Fox's delicate falsetto rests on a lush and light arrangement of chiming 12-string guitar, harmonies and brushwork. It's emotionally intense — but, as with any lullaby, never past the threshold where the neighbors come knocking.

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