The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Mix

Listen to 100 songs handpicked by NPR Music from the best new artists performing at the SXSW 2018 Music Festival here in Austin on March 12-18. These are available via a Spotify playlist as well as the NPR One mobile app, and you can also download all these totally free MP3 songs as a single zip file. Enjoy the music!


This article by Stephen Thompson of NPR Music includes the complete playlist with artist links and the ability to play each song, if you want to just browse through the list. However, I think you will prefer listening to the Spotify playlist or streaming apps.

Read the article: The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Preview Mix


If you want to listen to NPR Music’s artists to watch at SXSW 2018, select this playlist on Spotify.

The Austin 100 (Playlist) by NPR Music – 97 songs, 6 hr 4 min


Initially you might want to listen to the playlist sequentially, and save songs you like in a personal custom playlist. Or you can choose to use Shuffle Play if you want a random play sequence, or you can choose to play your own selections. It’s easy to skip those songs you don’t like, as well as pause and resume any time you like.

Especially in shuffle mode, you might want to view the Play Queue to see the Current Song and upcoming Next Songs. While listening it’s easy to click the plus for specific songs to Save to Your Music, or select Add to Playlist, and then you can just play your favorites whenever you want. On Spotify you can also choose to Download the entire playlist or specific songs if you want to listen on a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet.

Download all songs

Also there is a download available with all 100 MP3 songs as a single zip file (over 6 hours of music), which will only be available this month until March 31, 2018. If you like, you can choose to import any or all of these MP3 files into iTunes and then make a custom personal playlist.

Download The Austin 100 (2018) Zip file – 101 MP3 songs (892 MB).

Mobile streaming app

You can stream the songs via the mobile NPR One app from the Deep Dive section under the Explore tab. There are options to mark songs as interesting, to share, or listen later, as well as pause, play, and skip. The app is available from Apple iTunes, Google Play, Windows, or Amazon.

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