Alongside the huge names and star veterans, the 2013 Newport Folk Festival features an impressive slate of boundary-pushers and genre-eschewers. Here are five of the newest and most promising faces, with a downloadable song from each.
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of their classic album, Odessey and Oracle, members of The Zombies talk with NPR's Bob Boilen about their unusual harmonies, touring the U.S. as British teenagers in the 1960s and why they broke up before Odessey even came out.
The Flaming Lips first formed more than 30 years ago, and the group is still full of surprises. At an intimate club during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival, the band performed one of its most beloved albums, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, from start to finish. Watch a video of the full hour-long set here.
Watch the Portland rock band Brainstorm blast punchy, post-punk-inspired rhythms at Austin's TenOak during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. Here, the group performs the thrilling "Maybe a Memory."
One of the most popular bands in all of Mexico takes the stage at Stubb's in Austin for NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Watch singer Rubén Albarrán and the rest of Café Tacvba perform songs from their new album, El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco — and bust out a synchronized dance in the process.
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.
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."
With eight accomplished musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, and a sound rooted in tango traditions, Bajofondo lays out a visual and aural feast. Watch the band perform "Duro y Parejo" to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores, then listen to Bajofondo's complete set from SXSW.