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South by Southwest: Best Bets and Big Stories

Every March, tens of thousands of music fans converge on Austin, Texas, to attend South by Southwest — a four-day music marathon in which dozens of clubs showcase more than 1,300 acts in a wide variety of genres. Part industry trade show, part fan feast, SXSW provides one-stop shopping for those looking for music discovery.

In anticipation of SXSW, which runs through Saturday, NPR music producer Stephen Thompson offers these recommendations.

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