NPR Music opening SXSW with showcase


For the third year running, NPR Music will present, broadcast and webcast the opening night showcase of the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, when it brings Spoon to headline Stubbs on Wednesday, March 17. The concert will kick off Spoon’s U.S. concert tour in support of its forthcoming album, Transference.

NPR Music is offering an advance stream of Transference, one week before its release, now through January 18 as part of the “Exclusive First Listen” series. Hear the entire album for free at Transference will be released on January 19 by Merge Records.

As in years past, NPR Music will live webcast and broadcast the entire showcase from Stubbs. The concert will be streamed live, podcast and archived at, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country, including live on KUT-FM Austin.  NPR Music is partnering with five NPR Member stations – KUT, WFUV-FM New York, WXPN-FM  Philadelphia, KEXP-FM Seattle and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio – to offer extensive coverage of the influential music festival on-air and online. Additional bands in the lineup at Stubbs, and NPR Music’s complete schedule of events, broadcasts and webcasts at SXSW 2010, will be announced in the coming weeks.

NPR Music’s broadcast and webcast of the concert will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and creator of All Songs Considered and its Live in Concert series; NPR Music “Monitor Mix” blogger Carrie Brownstein; and David Brown, host of Texas Music Matters on KUT.