Looking for some new music to lose yourself in this weekend? Look no further. Each year, NPR’s All Songs Considered team puts together a 100-song playlist for the South By Southwest music festival, and it never fails to deliver new artists and genres.
“The Austin 100 distills the experience down to a little more than six hours of music, highlighting a hundred handpicked highlights from among the thousands of acts playing SXSW 2019,” writes All Songs Considered’s Stephen Thompson.
“A multi-genre playlist spanning virtually the entire world, it’s painstakingly engineered to help you find music you love that you might never have heard otherwise.”
You can learn about each of the artists and songs included here, and stream the playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and YouTube. (The team puts together other playlists of songs heard during the festival, which you can listen to here and here.)
What differentiates NPR’s list from other lists I’ve found is their focus not only on emerging artists, but on artists from around the world. It’s easy to listen to music from where you live or only in the language/s you speak, but this playlist always reminds me of the transcendent nature of music.
I’m proud to say I was actually familiar with a few of the songs on this year’s playlist before I listened to it. Perhaps that’s an indication that my musical tastes are improving, or at least that I’m listening to a wider variety of music than in years past? You can listen and decide for yourself.