NPR Front Row
Jan 16, 2014 — A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul. With his electrifying stage presence and style to spare, Baloji had the globalFEST crowd wrapped around his finger.
Jan 16, 2014 — The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it's really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.
Jan 16, 2014 — A solo artist based in Europe after a childhood split between Lebanon, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Greece, the co-founder of the groundbreaking duo Soapkills blends new material with reworked traditional songs in a smoky-cool electro-pop setting.
Jul 17, 2013 — The nomadic sludge-metal duo has been destroying ears and rattling bodies for 20 years. Somehow, the towers of amp stacks have gotten even bigger and louder along the way. Watch Jucifer level the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., with a morphing medley that includes tracks from its new, Stalingrad-themed album.
May 29, 2013 — Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, recorded live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Mar 17, 2013 — 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.
Mar 16, 2013 — Watch the 19-year-old Chicago native win over the crowd as he prowls the stage at Austin's intimate Karma Lounge. With his fists in the air, Chance incited fans to shake off their hangovers.
Mar 21, 2013 — Chvrches' bass-heavy pop sounds will be the soundtrack to many a barbecue this summer, but in the meantime, the Glaswegian trio got the crowd dancing at SXSW 2013. Watch the trio perform "The Mother We Share" at Austin's Red 7.
Apr 5, 2013 — The Seattle natives in Ivan & Alyosha possess cool charisma and an infectious sound that won over listeners at 2013's South By Southwest music festival. Watch their performance of "Be Your Man" live from TenOak in Austin, Texas.
Apr 4, 2013 — The rock band Blaudzun made the trip from its home in the Netherlands to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. There, the group introduced its jubilantly beautiful songs to a new audience, highlighted by this performance of "Elephants."