It's mid-March, which in the music business can only mean one thing: SXSW. It's advertised as Austin's annual ode to cutting-edge digital, film and music endeavors-but those who've been there know it can resemble a death march with beer and barbecue.
It's not easy to navigate four days of cutting-edge bands, overflowing bars and UT kids and L.A. hipsters gaping at each other on Sixth Street, but we're here to help. On the following pages, we present our exhaustive alphabetically arranged guide to the best and brightest at SXSW. Happy trails.