Today in Music: MTM 40-SXSW 2007, Rah Rah, Sufjan Stevens, Man Man, Bjork and more

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Music That Matters Vol. 40: SXSW Music Festival 2007 is available now. Kevin Cole previews this year’s SXSW Festival, delivering a mix of music from some of the artists that are performing at this year’s festival and at our live broadcast from the Austin City Limits studios. You’ll hear music from Peter Bjorn & John, Mew, The Ponys, The Black Angels, Deerhunter, Apples in Stereo, Malajube, Busdriver, Ghostland Observatory, Nomo, Under Byen, Fujiya & Miyagi, Beirut, Okkervil River, Andrew Bird, and The Early Years:

Music That Matters Vol. 40: SXSW Music Festival 2007 (MP3)

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Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP DJs think you should hear, along with songs from more well-known artists.

Today’s featured selection is from Songs of Pasquala, the 2006 self-released EP by Rah Rah:

Rah Rah – Winter Sun (MP3)

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  • Sufjan Stevens, Amiina, My Brightest Diamond and others will perform at the Music Now Festival in Cincinnati (April 5-7). The festival is curated by the National’s Bryce Dessner and will include “world premieres of select arrangements from Sufjan Stevens’ Enjoy Your Rabbit album for string quartet.” Read more at You Ain’t No Picasso.
  • Man Man announce tour dates. They’ll be at Neumos on March 31.
  • Sixeyes wonders whether the Arcade Fire will turn indie mainstream.
  • For the first time, Bjork talks about her new album Volta, due out May 7 on One Little Indian.
  • On Saturday night, Wilco had an old school listening party for their forthcoming record Sky Blue Sky. The entire album was streaming for a few hours at Wilcoworld, but it’s no longer available. Fear not, I’m sure quite a bit of the material will surface!
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