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What We Loved On The Last Day Of SXSW

It's the end of another grueling and glorious SXSW. Here's what we loved on the last day.
Nottingham's HECK embodied the relentless, indefatigable spirit of SXSW on the festival's last day. Source: Adam Kissick for NPR

Another grueling and glorious SXSW has finally come to a close. Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson, the last men on the All Songs Considered island, gathered at 2 a.m. to recap the sets they loved on the festival's closing day. On Stephen's recommendation (he's written about her before), Bob saw Los Angeles singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers in the Central Presbyterian Church. There, in a sanctuary from the noisy, standing-room-only buzz of Austin, her guitar and beautiful voice rung out in the big room. On the last day of Stephen's 21st year at the festival, he loved Phoria

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