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All Songs Considered

Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

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Tiny Desk

Delicate Steve

This fierce and lyrical guitar player writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice, just the human-like twang of a glass slide on a guitar.

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Songs We Love

#TBT: Helium's 'XXX' Video Is Sooooo '90s

The art of the attitude-filled music video peaked in the 1990s. Mary Timony's old band proves it.