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The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix

Katie Hayes Luke

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SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Roughly 2,000 acts perform at the four-day music festival every year, so to spend just three minutes with each in advance of the big event is to deny your friends and loved ones a solid 100 hours of your waking, undivided attention.

With 100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW, The Austin 100 plays as a continuous seven-hour mix — everything from Daughter's devastatingly barren "Landfill" to Black Tusk's devastatingly blistering "Set the Dial to Your Doom." (As a bonus, 71 of these songs are available for free download here.) Be sure to visit for live concerts, photos, videos and dispatches from this year's festival.

Adam Arcuragi, "Presidents' Song" [ MP3]
Alabama Shakes, "I Found You" [ MP3]
Allen Stone, "Sleep" [ MP3]
Amy Bezunartea, "Doubles" [ MP3]
Andrew Bird, "Eyeoneye"
Apparat, "Black Water" [ MP3]
Bear In Heaven, "The Reflection Of You" [ MP3]
, "Old Pine" [ MP3]
Best Coast, "When I'm With You" [ MP3]
Big Deal, "Chair" [ MP3]
Black Tusk, "Set The Dial To Your Doom" [ MP3]
Blondes, "Wine" [ MP3]
Brendan Benson, "Bad For Me" [ MP3]
Bright Moments, "Travelers" [ MP3]
Caveman, "Old Friend" [ MP3]
, "Hysteria" [ MP3]
, "Come Home" [ MP3]
Chic Gamine, "Closer"
Chicha Libre, "La Danza Del Millonario"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Same Mistake"
Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless" [ MP3]
Crooked Fingers, "Your Apocalypse"
Cults, "Abducted"
Dan Deacon, "Bangkok"
, "Landfill" [ MP3]
Deafheaven, "Violet" [ MP3]
Dessa, "The Beekeeper"
, "In The Dark"
Dry The River, "New Ceremony" [ MP3]
Eleanor Friedberger, "My Mistakes" [ MP3]
Emma-Louise, "Jungle" [ MP3]
, "Erica Western Teleport" [ MP3]
The Front Bottoms, "Maps" [ MP3]
Fanfarlo, "Deconstruction"
Feathers, "Believe"
Firehorse, "Our Hearts" [ MP3]
, "We Are Young"
G-Side, "NAT GEO" [ MP3]
Gappy Ranks, "Longtime"
Garland Jeffreys, "Coney Island Winter"
Girl In A Coma, "Smart" [ MP3]
Great Lake Swimmers, "Easy Come Easy Go" [ MP3]
Grimes, "Oblivion" [ MP3]
Heartless Bastards, "Parted Ways" [ MP3]
Herzog, "Silence"
Horse Feathers, "Fit Against The Country" [ MP3]
Hospitality, "Friends Of Friends" [ MP3]
Imperial Teen, "Runaway" [ MP3]
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, "Everything Will Be Fine" [ MP3]
Kendrick Lamar, "Ab-Souls Outro (feat. Ab-Soul)" [ MP3]
Kishi Bashi, "Bright Whites" [ MP3]
La Sera, "Please Be My Third Eye" [ MP3]
La Vida Boheme, "Nicaragua" [ MP3]
Laura Gibson, "La Grande"
Lee Fields & The Expressions, "Faithful Man"
, "Cold Feet" [ MP3]
Lost In The Trees, "Red"
Lower Dens, "Brains" [ MP3]
, "Little Suitcase"
The Magnetic Fields, "Andrew In Drag"
The Men, "Open Your Heart" [ MP3]
Michael Kiwanuka, "Home Again"
Milagres, "Here To Stay" [ MP3]
Milo Greene, "1957" [ MP3]
Mind Spiders, "Wait For Us" [ MP3]
The Milk Carton Kids, "There By Your Side" [ MP3]
Nada Surf, "When I Was Young" [ MP3]
Nicolas Jaar, "With Just One Glance" [ MP3]
, "Dead Oaks" [ MP3]
Of Monsters And Men, "Little Talks" [ MP3]
Patrick Watson, "Into Giants" [ MP3]
Polica, "Lay Your Cards Out" [ MP3]
Quiet Company, "You, Me & The Boatman" [ MP3]
Royal Thunder, "Mouth Of Fire" [ MP3]
Reks, "Autograph" [ MP3]
Robert Glasper Experiment, "Ah Yeah"
Sarah Jaffe, "Glorified High"
Sarah Siskind, "Feeling For You"
SBTRKT, "Wildfire" [ MP3]
, "We Will All Be Changed" [ MP3]
Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80, "Rise" [ MP3]
Sepalcure, "Pencil Pimp"
Sharon Van Etten, "Serpents" [ MP3]
Shearwater, "You As You Were" [ MP3]
, "Sun's Going Down" [ MP3]
Silverbus, "Those Forgotten"
, "Get It Daddy"
Spoek Mathambo, "Put Some Red On It" [ MP3]
STS, "Here Tonight" [ MP3]
Tanlines, "Brothers" [ MP3]
THEESatisfaction, "QueenS" [ MP3]
Water Liars, "Dog Eaten"
We Are Augustines, "Headlong Into The Abyss" [ MP3]
We Were Promised Jetpacks, "Act On Impulse" [ MP3]
, "Keep You"
Y La Bamba, "Squawk" [ MP3]
Yellow Ostrich, "Marathon Runner" [ MP3]
Young Buffalo, "Catapilah" [ MP3]
Young Prisms, "Floating In Blue" [ MP3]
Zola Jesus, "Vessel" [ MP3]

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Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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