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NPR icon Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013

by Bob Boilen
SXSW is a festival that you can curate to your own taste: quick hits, big names, unknowns, or some of everything. But no matter what kind of festival you have, there will be moments when a band just cuts through the noise. Here are a handful of the most transporting moments from this year's festival.

NPR icon Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

by Ann Powers
Mindy Best
Big names and Next Big Things dominate coverage of Austin's festival, but there's quality music between the two poles. Ann Powers says the skill and subtlety those acts bring to the party interest her more than the sure bet of a legend or the sugar high of watching a baby band with buzz.

NPR icon Haim: NPR Front Row

by Amy Schriefer
The sister act from Los Angeles took home the BBC's Sound of 2013 award earlier this year. While you wait for their debut album to arrive later this year, watch them perform "Falling" at Filter Magazine's SXSW Showdown in Austin, Texas.

NPR icon SXSW 2013: Day Five In Photos

by NPR Staff
It's the last day of SXSW and now it's time to go on that smoothie detox. With what energy we had left, we caught rapper Earl Sweatshirt's impressive festival debut and celebrated Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan's 46th birthday.