NPR to broadcast The Decemberists and Avett Brothers at SXSW

NPR’s always been a friend to the music community. Last year, they worked with five member stations to broadcast 14 concerts from SXSW. NPR’s committed to maintaining its presence at SXSW as this year they will be webcasting and broadcasting concerts, artists interviews and other performances.

From the press release:
On the opening night of the festival, Wednesday, March 18 at 10PM (CT), NPR Music will present a SXSW showcase headlined by The Decemberists at Stubbs Bar-B-Q. The Portland-based band will give the first live performance of its new album, The Hazards of Love, which the band will play in sequence, in its entirety. Joining all five members of The Decemberists on stage will be Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, who lend leading vocals to the album. Opening bands are North Carolina
trio The Avett Brothers, set to debut songs from its forthcoming album produced by Rick Rubin, and bluesy rockers Heartless Bastards, riding the success of its third record, The Mountain. A SXSW badge is required for this official showcase.

On Thursday, March 19, NPR Music is hosting a daytime concert at The Parish, open to the public, with six acts worth lining up for. Kicking off at 12:30PM (CT), “Music for the Right Brain” will feature roots-pop duo Blind Pilot; BLK JKS, the art-rock band from Johannesburg; Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors; Somali-born rapper K’NAAN; and songstress Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Downs. Headlining the concert is Blitzen Trapper, whose 2008 release Furr was an NPR listener favorite.

Both concerts will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and creator of the popular show All Songs Considered and its Live in Concertseries. Joining Boilen will be NPR Music blogger Carrie Brownstein and David Brown, host of Texas Music Matterson KUT in Austin”

You can find more info here.

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