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"I'm ready for the world," Alynda Lee Segarra sings in the chorus of the rousing "Hungry Ghost" — and her band's set told that simple truth again and again. In the past seven or eight years, Hurray For The Riff Raff has blossomed slowly but fully, transforming its sound from intense-but-delicate one-woman bedroom recordings to the rip-roaring full-band jams that dominated the group's set at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas, recorded live for NPR Music Wednesday night.

Nursery rhymes can be nightmares, too. Or, at the very least, a reminder that fantasy can be just as gloomy as reality. Under the weirdly mischievous name Let's Eat Grandma, Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton make music that runs around the notions of pop — it is, at turns, unsettling, joyous and experimental. So, of course, we asked them to sing us to sleep.

Valerie June's "Astral Plane" was already made to be a lullaby, a softly swaying, country-tinged soul song that scrapes the stratosphere. On the studio version from The Order Of Time, it's dipped in gauzy guitar and keys.

We started a tradition a couple years back where we invite musicians in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW music festival to sing us a lullaby.

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.

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