The sprawling South by Southwest festivals are in full swing in Austin this week, with the music portion of events kicking off today. Can't be there? Do what I'm doing and listen online, courtesy of the newly supercool NPR Music.
NPR is webcasting four concert programs from SXSW starting tonight. Tonight's lineup includes performances by Jonathan Rice and REM, while Thursday's all-day broadcast includes Yeasayer, Jens Lekman, and Vampire Weekend. Thursday night's program includes sets from Yo La Tengo and My Morning Jacket, and the program ends Friday with another afternoon lineup including The Weakerthans and The Whigs. In addition, some individual performances will be webcast by individual NPR stations, including She & Him's Friday afternoon show.
Some NPR stations will be carrying all or part of the lineup on the radio (go here to see if yours is one of them), but here's the best part: All of the NPR Music concerts will be archived, so you'll be able to listen to them —and, perhaps, even download them — anytime you want. Nothing like a little SXSW in your pocket, right?