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From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

Cafe Tacvba performs at Stubb's during SXSW 2013.
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Cafe Tacvba performs at Stubb's during SXSW 2013.

I had to catch my breath when I first stepped onto the SXSW grounds. The Austin, Texas festival features tens of thousands of bands, films, speaking events and more. The sheer amount of activities can get overwhelming.

Our colleague Stephen Thompson accurately described SXSW as "several festivals within a festival" — and co-host Felix Contreras and I have been focusing on the Latin music festival here. Even that is a lot to take in as you have new discoveries, musicians you've heard a buzz about but want to check out live, and the big players like Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, Bajofondo.

Felix and I are taking a quick break from the tiresome work of watching one amazing band after another to talk about what acts we saw that simply blew our minds. We're joined by Michael Crockett, host of the weekly Latin music program Horizontes at KUT.

And as usual, we want to hear from you, our listeners. If you're here at SXSW tell us: What are your favorite new discoveries? And if you couldn't make it, who do you wish you'd had the chance to see?

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.