Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

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 Wednesday's (Mar. 16) performers below.

The Gregory Brothers

With Special Guest Antoine Dodson

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Billboard Set Time: 1 AM
This Brooklyn group is probably best-known as the Internet sensation behind the "Auto-Tune the News" YouTube series and unlikely hit "The Bed Intruder Song." The track was an iTunes success, racking up sales of 434,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and cracked the Billboard Hot 100, entering at No. 89 the week of Aug. 28, 2010. In addition to the Gregory Brothers' growing Auto-Tuned fame, the band creates soul- and folk-influenced songs.

Video: "Bed Intruder Song," Auto-Tune the News and Antoine Dodson

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.

Young the Giant

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Billboard Set Time: 12 AM
After winning a Sonicbids online contest and scoring an opening slot for Kings of Leon in 2009, southern California band Young the Giant found a home for its sunny alt-rock at Roadrunner Records. Released digitally on Oct. 26 (a physical version came out Jan. 25), the group's debut album features guest spots from My Morning Jacket's Bo Koster and Beck keyboardist Roger Manning. The first single, the anthemic rocker "My Body," peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Video: Young the Giant Performs "Strings" Live for Billboard Tastemakers

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.

Royal Bangs

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Billboard Set Time: 11 PM
This rambunctious Knoxville, Tenn., outfit caught its break after Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney discovered the group's brand of scuzzy dance rock on Myspace. Carney's Audio Eagle record label released Royal Bangs' first two albums, which showcased the band's scattered-dance-rock-meets-classic-rock sound. Now the group has teamed with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann for its latest, "Flux Outside," due in March on Glassnote Records.

Video: "Grass Helmet," Royal Bangs

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.

Those Dancing Days

Billboard Set Time: 10 PM
Euro-pop-ish Those Dancing Days craft infectious, upbeat tunes designed to make your hands clap and feet tap, and was hand-picked by twee masters Belle & Sebastian to play the All Tomorrow's Parties Bowlie 2 festival last year. Formed in 2005 while the band members were still in high school, Those Dancing Days stirred a buzz about Stockholm before signing with Wichita Recordings. The band's sophomore effort, "Daydreams and Nightmares," was released March 1.

Video: "Reaching Today," Those Dancing Days

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 Boxer Rebellion

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Billboard Set Time: 9 PM
The London group made chart history in 2009 when sophomore set "Union" became the first self-released album to enter the Billboard 200 on digital sales alone. It reached the top five on iTunes' U.S. and U.K. charts and was named iTunes' alternative album of the year. The act scored a high-profile spot playing itself and performing three songs in the 2010 Drew Barrymore film "Going the Distance." Its third self-released set, "The Cold Still," came out in February. Abandoning its mostly self-produced ways, the Boxer Rebellion teamed with producer Ethan Johns, who adds a touch of arena-ready sheen. At the core remains the band's ability to emote lyrically and musically, which brought the act from obscurity to independent success story.

Video: Billboard Goes Behind the Scenes With the Boxer Rebellion

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.

Gold Motel

Billboard Set Time: 8 PM
The group brings a blast of sunny California to its Windy City roots on its recently released 10-song debut, "Summer House." Singer/songwriter Greta Morgan, formerly of Pete Wentz's label signee the Hush Sound, decamped from her home in Chicago to Los Angeles, where she was inspired to write Gold Motel's '60s-styled, fun-in-the-sun pop music.

Video: "Perfect In My Mind," Gold Motel

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