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Echo And The Bunnymen kick off proceedings at South By Southwest 2009. Ian McCulloch's band played the first show of the week-long music bash, taking the stage at 12.30am, Thursday March 19, at the intimate venue Emo's Main Room. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Echo And The Bunnymen at Emo's Main Room, South By Southwest 2009. Also playing the venue on the same night was Hollywood actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis, who showcased her new band, The New Romantiques. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Gallows bring their raucous live show to Austin, Texas (Wednesday March 18). The Watford rockers played a slew of material set for their forthcoming new album, 'Grey Britain', with the new songs showing no let-up in terms of heaviness or pace for the band. Photo: Danny North

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Gallows frontman Frank Carter spent most of his band's 8pm set at Emo's either in the crowd or goading them. The singer, who repeatedly hit himself on the head with his microphone, causing minor bleeding, spent the first part of the set in the midst of the audience, creating a circle space for himself by shoving punters to the side. Photo: Danny North

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Gallows at South By Southwest, Austin, Texas, Wednesday March 18. Vocalist Frank Carter made a shout out to Juliette Lewis, set to play at the same venue later with her band The New Romantiques, then ended the set by placing his bandmates' microphones in the crowd so they had to leap into the crowds to reach them, with the audience joining in enthusiastically. Photo: Danny North

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Gallows' full SXSW set-list, which included several songs from their forthcoming second album 'Grey Britain', was as follows: 'Gold Dust', 'London Is The Reason', 'Leeches', 'Abandon Ship', 'The Vulture', 'Forgive', 'In The Belly Of A Shark', 'Dread', 'Misery', 'Orchestra Of Wolves'. Photo: Danny North

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Glasvegas thrill a packed house at their first-ever gig at Austin's South by Southwest Festival. The Glaswegian four-piece began their set 45 minutes late due to technical difficulties experienced by opening band Peter, Bjorn and John, but neither the band nor the crowd let the delay or the cramped conditions at the venue (Vice) dampen their spirits. Photo: Danny North

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Glasvegas, South By Southwest, Wednesday March 18, 2009. The Scots foursome kicked off their 45-minute set with the crowd-pleasing 'Geraldine' before launching into 'Lonesome Swan'. Frontman James Allan hardly said a word throughout the set. Photo: Danny North

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James Allan cracks a rare smile at the tail-end of Glasvegas' first SXSW show. They will be performing further showcase gigs this week in a bid to boost their Stateside profile. After the show Allan told NME.COM that Glasvegas may record part of their next album in Los Angeles. Photo: Danny North

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Jarvis Cocker was one of the first acts to take the stage at SXSW 2009. However, he wasn't playing live. Instead the former Pulp frontman gave a talk entitled 'Saying The Unsayable' at the Austin Convention Centre. In addition to being a new music showcase, SXSW is also an industry forum where experts air their views. Photo: Danny North

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Late Of The Pier and DJ Pete Tong helped create a rave atmosphere in La Zona Rosa at South By Southwest, March 18, playing high-energy sets on the first night of the annual Austin bash. Tong warmed up the large crowd by playing high-tempo dance classics including Fatboy Slim's 'The Rockafeller Skank', before the new rave band took the stage at 10.40pm. Photo: Danny North

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Late Of The Pier's SXSW set included 'Bathroom Gurgle' and 'Space And The Woods'. The set was given a dramatic effect by frontman Sam Eastgate's shadow being cast large on the venue wall while he played, while his bandmates danced enthusiastically for the duration of the set. Photo: Danny North

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Rolo Tomassi were among the UK acts who made the long trip to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2009. The Sheffield band played at the Peacock venue to the East of the main festival strip (March 18). The band played a frenetic show, despite struggling with electrical problems that delayed their set until 5:45pm. Photo: Danny North

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Rolo Tomassi kick back in the sunshine ahead of their debut gig at South By Southwest 2009. Head to NME.COM/VIDEO for video interviews direct from Austin, Texas, including a catch-up with Little Boots. Photo: Danny North

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Music fans pound the pavements of Austin, Texas in the hope of catching the hottest new bands before anyone else. Keep checking back for more photos from South By Southwest 2009. We'll also be bringing you news, blogs and video interviews. Photo: Danny North

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Ah, that famous Texan hospitality. SXSW is a rite-of-passage for new acts, many of whom benefit from the profile-boost the festival can provide. Bands who have played South By Southwest early in their career include MGMT, Kings Of Leon, The White Stripes and Amy Winehouse. Photo: Danny North

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The 'British Music Embassy', first port of call for the legions of incongruously pasty UK industry folk who have made the long trip to Austin, Texas in the hope of discovering the next big thing. Photo: Danny North

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Glasvegas out and about in Austin, Texas following their well-received show at Vice. Economic conditions mean that far fewer UK acts have made the expensive trip out this year, but Glasvegas are flying the flag for British music. Photo: Danny North

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The crowd during Outkast star Big Boi's Austin Music Hall appearance at SXSW Festival, Texas, March 19. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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HEARTSREVOLUTION at South By Southwest festival, Austin, Texas. The band played the Beauty Bar on March 19, their only scheduled appearance this year. Photo: Danny North

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Londoners Hatcham Social perform their NME set at Latitude 30, March 19. South By Southwest festival is held in Austin, Texas, showcasing over 1,800 bands. Photo: Danny North

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Dave Fineberg of Hatcham Social performs with the group at their NME Showcase set at South By Southwest festival, Austin, (Texas) on March 19. The band's debut album 'You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil' is out now. Photo: Danny North

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LA punk outfit The Bronx performing in the sun at their set at SXSW Festival, Texas, March 18. The band will be touring North America from March 23, starting in Albuquerque, NM. Photo: Danny North

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Los Angeles punks The Bronx during their set at Radio 7 Patio at South By Southwest festival, Texas. (March 18). This is the band's only scheduled appearance at the festival.

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Wild Beasts performing at Latitude 30, South By Southwest festival, Texas on March 19. The band are also scheduled to play at Volume on March 21 at 11pm. Photo: Danny North

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Late night action at South By Southwest. Wednesday 18 March. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Wild Beasts at South by South West festival, Austin, Texas (March 19). The Kendal four-piece are also scheduled to play again at the festival on March 20. Photo: Danny North

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Hot Dog, anyone? South By Southwest Festival, 18 March. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters in the Smokin' Music room at the Texan South By Southwest festival on March 18. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Dirty Photo Booth at South By Southwest. Wonder what goes on in there...(March 18) Photo: Tom Oxley

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Canadian metal band Anvil at South By Southwest (March 18). They are currently receiving critical and commerical success for their rockumentary 'The Story of Anvil', shown at the festival on March 15 and March 18. Photo: Danny North

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Atlanta rockers Black Lips perform at SXSW 2009, held in Austin, Texas (March 19). The band are due to play another set in Emo's Main Room on March 20. Photo: Danny North

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Big Boi, who forms half of hip-hop duo Outkast, performing at SXSW Festival, March 19. His album, 'Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty' is now finished and due to be released in the summer. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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White Lies at South By Southwest festival, Austin, Texas. The band's only appearance was under the sun on Saturday, March 21. They are set to play the 'NME Presents' US and Canada tour with Friendly Fires, kicking off in Washington on March 24. Photo: Danny North

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White Lies performing at their South By Southwest set, March 21. Keeping chat to a minimum, it's all about the music as they play hits including 'To Lose My Life' and 'Death' to a massive crowd. Photo: Danny North

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White Lies keeping up their surly demeanor at South By Southwest festival, held in Austin, Texas, March 21. They closed their five-song set with 'Death'. Photo: Danny North

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White Lies playing a packed out set at Stubb's at South By Southwest festival, Texas, on Saturday March 21. The crowd included a gang of hardcore fans, singing along with the surly outfit, not missing a word. Photo: Danny North

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The crowd gets intense at Wavves' South By Southwest festival set, Thursday, March 19. The Californian surf-punk outfit will be heading off on a massive US tour when the Texan festival ends. Photo: Danny North

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PJ Harvey performing with John Parish at South By Southwest festival, Austin, Texas on March 21. It was her and the band's first time in the city. Harvey thanked the packed out crowd and said that they had been "having a really nice time". Photo: Danny North

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Londoners The Homosexuals performing at South By Southwest festival, Texas, on March 19. The band will be touring and recording extensively this year and hope to complete a full album by Autumn. Photo: Danny North

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New Yorkers Blank Dogs perform at South By Southwest festival, Austin, Texas, on Saturday March 21. Photo: Danny North

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Energetic electro-ravers Late Of The Pier performing at South By Southwest, March 20. The band's second scheduled appearance, after unleashing a rave upon the crowd with DJ Pete Tong in La Zona Rosa two days earlier. Photo: Danny North

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The stunning PJ Harvey at her South By Southwest (Stubb's) set on Saturday, March 21. Harvey and John Parish previewed their forthcoming album 'A Woman A Man Walked By' backed by a full band of musicians. They opened the set with a rocky new song 'Black Hearted Love'. Photo: Danny North

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Amazing Baby showcase new songs from their forthcoming debut album at Austin's South By Southwest festival, March 20. The Brookyln band perform an energetic set at the Fader Fort, ending with frontman Will Roan jumping on the drums and skidding across the floor. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Metallica performing at the Guitar Hero Metallica party at South By Southwest 2009, March 20. The not-so-secret performance included the 11-minute version of 'Master of Puppets', causing a moshing frenzy in the crowd. Photo: Danny North

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South By Southwest 2009 venue Stubb's plays host to acts such as Ladyhawke, The Decemberists and PJ Harvey & John Parish. Photo: Danny North

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Metallica perform a 'surprise' set at Austin's South By Southwest festival, Friday March 20. The band played fan favourites such as 'Cyanide', 'One' and 'Breadfan' at the 'Guitar Hero' Metallica party, celebrating the launch of their version of the video game. Photo: Danny North

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Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell and Late Of The Pier's sweaty synth-player Sam Potter at South By Southwest festival 2009. The festival is held in Austin, Texas, showcasing over 1,800 bands. Photo: Danny North

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