Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Thursday

Oh Land

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on Thursday's (Mar. 17) performers below.

Oh Land

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Billboard Set Time: 1 AM
The latest European import to invade the electro-pop underground. After a back injury ended her career as a dancer, Nanna Øland Fabricius pursued her musical journey as a songwriter, crafting mesmerizing Björk-esque songs for her self-produced debut, "Fauna," in 2008. In 2009 she signed with Epic Records, and her debut is due March 15.

Video: "Sun of a Gun," Oh Land

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm.

MNDR

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Billboard Set Time: 12 AM
Amanda Warner, aka MNDR, is the tech-wizard-meets-pop-star phenom blowing up dancefloors. Think a geeky Santigold/Lady Gaga hybrid who mixes calculated, synth-driven beats and catchy choruses. When the Fargo, N.D., native moved to New York, she met producer Peter Wade, with whom she collaborated on her 2010 debut EP, "E.P.E." It caught the ear of producer Mark Ronson, who featured Warner on his single "Bang Bang Bang." Warner and Wade have been working on a full-length due this spring.

Video: "Bang Bang Bang," Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. (feat. MNDR)

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm.

The Knux

Billboard Set Time: 11 PM
The duo sent a message to the masses in the form of a recent EP called "F*ck You." The five-song album isn't so much a kiss-off, though, as a genre-bending preview of what New Orleans brothers Kentrell "Krispy Kream" Lindsey and Alvin "Rah Almillo" Lindsey have in store for their upcoming sophomore set, which will be released on Interscope.

Video: "Bang! Bang!" The Knux

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm.

K.Flay

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Billboard Set Time: 10 PM
San Francisco-based MC K.Flay boasts two degrees -- in psychology and sociology -- from Stanford University. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, K.Flay grew up on her parents' collection of classic rock and blues records before coming into her own as a rap artist after immersing herself in the Bay Area music scene in college. Currently unsigned, she'll release a mixtape in April.

Video: K.Flay Performs "2 Weak" Live at Billboard's Studio

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm.

The Limousines

Billboard Set Time: 9 PM
Alt-rock's less-weird answer to MGMT comes in the form of the Bay Area's Limousines, the synthy electro-pop duo of songwriter/vocalist Eric Victorino and multi-instrumentalist/ producer Giovanni Giusti. The pair's debut full-length, "Get Sharp," was released on Orchard City Books & Noise last July. The Limousines have since joined the Dangerbird Records roster for the release of their next album.

Video: "Internet Killed the Video Star," The Limousines

We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm.

California Wives

Billboard Set Time: 8 PM
California Wives are neither from the Golden State nor share its sunshiny West Coast sensibilities. Rather, the Chicago-based quartet of Jason Kramer (guitar, vocals, keys), Dan Zima (bass, guitar, vocals), Hans Michel (guitar, keys) and Joe O'Connor (drums) has a sound built on taut post-punk rhythms and catchy new wave choruses, all bathed in a My Bloody Valentine shoegaze haze.

Video: "Twenty Three," California Wives

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