#25) Ponderosa: A good ol’ fashioned way to kickstart the first day official SXSW music. Southern rock at its finest.
24) The Non: Oklahoma showcase offers up this mathy-experimental four piece.
23) Dominique Young Unique: In a nutshell, Santigold meets MIA.
22) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Fairly standard nightcap DJ. He does beat Jonsi in a costume contest.
21) YTCracker: Another nerdcore hip hop act. My lucky day! But seriously, I’m oddly enjoying it for the moment.
20) MC Frontalot: Apparently nerdcore is a genre..and this guy is a legend. Rapper wears an oxford shirt and wearable head flashlight.
19) Surfer Blood: Currently Florida’s finest guitar rocks at the moment. Plain and simple.
18) PS I Love You: Canadian melodic noise rock duo does it for me. Noise, hooks, drone and beats all in ample doses? Count me in.
17) Mount Kimbie: Dubstep duo playing to a skeptical and tired Pitchfork crowd. Not bad though, not bad at all.
16) (Unnamed St. Act #1): In line at Pitchfork’s show, ‘Rising’ gypsy collective w/ accordion, spoons & cucumbers named Best New Music.
15) Esben and the Witch: Haunting UK trio looms like Zola Jesus, lurks like Interpol.
14) Lacuna Incorporated> Loose country broods with the ghosts of Portishead. Questionable mix, lackluster results.
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13) Black Books: Drummer doubles up as lead singer, stirs up a batch of mild mid-tempo rock.
12) Lost In The Trees: One of folk-rock’s best live acts today. A majestic and stunning orchestral ensemble.
11) J. Roddy Walston & The Business: Black Crowes-derivative boogie rock w/ keys at the front and center. Nothing new, but who cares?
10) Rich Aucoin: Dan Deacon meets Girl Talk. Unreal. Kindergarten parachutes. Bed Intruders. SXSW meet your first 2011 breakout act.
9) Megafauna: Flows like water, roars like lightning. Badass all around.
8) Like Diamonds: Pro: Inspired vocalist dresses like referee, leads synth-guitar sextet out of the rough. Con: lacks stage presence.
7) Josh Beech: English trio crooning with soulful side of Kings of Leon, sans the douche personas and pigeon shit.
6) Hacienda> Vintage rockers sounding almost as cool as they look. Scarves in sandals weather? It doesn’t matter the way they sound.
5) Some Community: vivacious Sao Paulo five-piece bounces around a energetic and talented Molly Ringwald look alike frontwoman.
4) Lucy & the Popsonics: Flowery chick punk meets electro power-pop. Bass grooves matched by catchy beats.
3) Las Robertas: Female-fronted lo-fi trio. Noise rock a la Vivian Girls, but with more bass.
2) Mike Milligan and the Altar Boyz: Fifty-something hometown blues-rockers playing their weekly set at an Austin tourist bar.
1) The Martin McDaniel Band: Easygoing country cover trio playing to a crowd of five, maybe six. “Sweet Melissa” and a 6th St. sunset.