Nobody does festivals quite like America, and SXSW is still undoubtedly the daddy of them all.

The weeklong Austin, Texas bash officially kicks off today and, aside from all the free tacos, free booze, free secret shows by HUUUUUGE acts, free tech shit, free clothes, free hugs and - oh yes! - free yoga classes, there's also a fair amount of pre-confirmed bands turning up to play. A few thousand of them, in fact. Here are our top ten newies you really cant afford to miss if you're in town.



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PS. Don't forget to check out NME's own SXSW show at Latitude 30 on Saturday March 16 - featuring The Orwells, Swim Deep, Peace, TOY, Eagulls and RDGLDGRN.

[subhead]MILK MUSIC[/subhead]
Who? US heroes, here showcasing their ace new album 'Cruise Your Illusion'.

Where? Bruise Cruise boat party - Monday 6PM


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[subhead]Wardell[/subhead]
Who? Another sibling duo, Stephen Spielberg's kids (no, really) bring to mind a cooler, more LA-slacker version of Beach House.

[subhead]PALMA VIOLETS[/subhead]
Who: You know this lot - plucky Brits riding a wave a hype from back home.

Where: They're playing a pool party on Wednesday (13th) night, at some crazy commune where 100 kids live, from 10pm: 2000 Pearl Street, Austin, Texas 78705


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Where? Thursday (14th) Neon Gold/National Anthem party at the Red Eyed Fly 12:15PM


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[subhead]WAXAHATCHEE[/subhead]
Who? Formerly of Alabama cult heroes P.S. Eliot, Katie Crutchfield's latest project is a pensive, beguiling affair that's got a lot of people very, very excited.

Where? Thursday (14th) Chaos in Tejas @ Beerland (715 Red River) 10PM


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[subhead]DESTRUCTION UNIT[/subhead]
Who? Recent tour supports to Milk Music and Merchandise.

Where? Thursday (14th) Beerland Patio 6PM



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[subhead]PARQUET COURTS[/subhead]
Who? NYC's coolest new band, and easily one of the most talked about acts here.

Where? Friday (15th) Spin at Stubbs 801 Red River St - 1PM



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[subhead]PAPA[/subhead]
Who? LA newcomers, featuring former Girls man Darrin Weiss

Where? Thursday (14th) House of Vans/IAMSOUND Party @ Mohawk 4:30PM



[subhead]HAIM[/subhead]

Who? LA sisters who were last years breakout band. This time they return to go overground.

Where: Saturday (16th) Stubbs 11.10PM


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[subhead]K.I.D.S[/subhead]
Who? Charles Cave out of White Lies' side project - kinda from the same world as another big buzz band here, Chvrches.

Where? Saturday (16th) Filter Magazine @ Cedar St Courtyard 2:00PM

[subhead]MERCHANDISE[/subhead]
Who? Probably the hottest unsigned band in the world (TM). This'll be the first time for many to see them play with a drummer (rather than machine).
Where? Saturday (16th) Red 7 - 9:00PM

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Keep checking NME.COM for reports, blogs and galleries direct from SXSW - from new bands to established heavies also in attendance (Green Day, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dave Grohl are all also confirmed). Plus check the March 30 issue of the magazine for our reaction to the top Radar bands of the festival.



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And finally, if you still haven't RSVP'd for the hundreds of parties throughout the festival, we really can't recommend RSVPster and WillCall enough!


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