SXSW is finally here – that time of year when hipsters spanning the globe descend on Austin to drink Lonestar Beer and rock the fuck out....skinny jeans and all.  Jealous that I couldn't be there, I've compiled a list of performances, which I can highly recommend...especially ones in bold.  The shows below are pretty much all "official" SXSW shows which means there's a good chance the bands listed below are playing at least 3-5 other times in and around Austin – I highly encourage going to the bands' Myspace and find out any other shows they're playing...because if you haven't seen White Mice in a dark basement, my friend you ain't livin'.

Wednesday March 18th:

Roky Erickson w/The Black Angels    10:30 pm     Austin Music Hall School of Seven Bells     12:00am     Bufallo Billiards Department of Eagles     10:00pm     Central Presbytarian Church Phosphorescent     12:00am     Club De Ville Deer Tick     1:00am     Club De Ville Vetiver     10:00pm     Emo's Jr. Booka Shade     12:45     La Zona Rosa Austinist Presents Gonna Gonna Get Down     Wed., March 18     The Mohawk Free, 21+ 11-6 p.m.Akron/Family, Vetiver, the Mae Shi, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Gringo Star, J Tillman, Young Widows, Here We Go Magic, Kevin Devine, Caitlin Rose, Garotas Suecas, TV/TV and Telekinesis

Thursday March 19th

Vivian Girls     9pm     Aces Lounge Black Lips     11:30pm     Cedar Street Courtyard Primal Scream     12:30am     Cedar Street Courtyard Grizzly Bear     8:30pm     Central Presbytarian Church King Kahn & The Shrines     12am     El Sol y La Luna Dirty Projectors     9pm     Emo's Annex Oh Sees     11:20pm     Emo's Jr. These Are Powers     11pm     Mohawk Women     12am     Mohawk Akron/Family     11:35     Mohawk Patio Lemonade     10pm     The Music Gym Patio Psychedelic Horseshit     1:15am     The Music Gym No Age, Red Red Meat, Obits, Vetiver, Blitzen Trapper, Handsome Furs     Radio Room Patio     8pm-1am Abe Vigoda     12am     Red 7 Mika Miko     1am     Red 7 Suckers     8pm     Red 7 Patio Crystal Stilts     10pm     Red 7 Patio Flower Travellin' Band     11pm     Smokin' Music Howl     9pm     Spiro's (Say hi to Timmy on drums!!) Tweak Bird     12am     Spiro's Beach House     1am     Volume gorilla vs. booze III day party     The Peacock - Harlem, Here We Go Magic, Girls, The Golden FIlter, WAVVES, White Denim, Vivian Girls (Free)

Friday March 20th

St. Vincent     12am     Antone's NOMO     1am     Antone's <––––This one's gonna kill Grizzly Bear     11:45pm     Cedar Street Courtyard Dinosaur Jr     12:45am     Cedar Street Courtyard Pelican     1am     Emo's Annex The Sonics     8pm     Emo's Main Room Vice Records Showcase:  Japanese Motors, King Kahn & the Shrines, Black Lips  11pm  Emo's Main Room Mi Ami     10pm     Flamingo Cantina Crystal Antlers     1am     Flamingo Cantina Gary War     7pm     Spiro's Jesse Woods     4pm     The Ranch

Saturday March 21st

Explosions in the Sky     8pm     Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake) Ponytail     12am     Club de Ville Titus Andronicus     1am     Club de Ville Trail of Dead     11pm     Emo's Main Room Daniel Johnston     1am     Emo's Main Room White Mice     10pm     The Independent HEALTH     12am     Mohawk Patio Monotonix     1am     Mohawk Patio Jesse Woods     1:30pm     Uncorked Wanna go to some shows for free? Check this link out: