The music portion of SXSW kicks of on March 17, 2015. Here's our A-Z Guide:

Alex G is a multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia who began releasing music online in 2010 while he was studying at Temple University. His debut album DSU was released on Orchid Tapes in June 2014 and his track 'Cards' made our list of best tracks of 2014. Alex G's music is versatile by being able to mix pop with experimental noise and his lyrics are incredibly charming while still being subtly mysterious. His upcoming album Trick will be released April 6th. For much different musical vibes, check out Action Bronson, Alvvays, and ASTR.

Beacon is an electronic duo from Brooklyn with a moody and spacey sound that draws similarities to the artist How to Dress Well. Beacon is also known for incorporating elements of R&B into their compositions along with well-constructed bass beats and strong visual elements. Bleachers, Beat Connection, Best Coast, BØRNS, and Buxton will be good times as well.

Courtney Barnett is a singer songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and has a knack for writing psychedelic folky tunes that create snapshot details into life as a mid-twenty year old. She sings of days filled with the mundane, troubles using bongs, internal struggles about the future, and worried parents. Her next album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit will be out March 23/24 via Mom + Pop. Cherry Glazerr, Comforter, Cloud Nothings, and The Cribs will also be putting on incredible performances.

Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville with live performances that will leave you massaging the kink in your neck from all the head banging you'll be doing. Get ready to party hard, but please remember that you only ever get one set of eardrums.

East India Youth, led by William Doyle, has recently signed to XL Recordings to release his second album Culture of Volume this coming April. Last month he released the second taste from Culture of Volume called 'Turn Away' which has definitely left us wanting more.

Future Islands are well known to put on captivating and seriously heartfelt performances. They put out one of our favorite albums of 2014, Singles, one of our favorite songs of 2014 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' AND one of our favoritelive TV performances of 2014 as well. Because of this, it can be firmly concluded that Future Islands are one of our favorite bands. 2014 really was a fantastic year for the band and 2015 holds even higher hopes.

Gooch Palms are power couple Leroy and Kat who, just this past week, moved to the USA from Newcastle, Australia, or as they lovingly refer to it as 'The Greatest City in the World!". They call themselves a shit-pop band and they are known to put on incredibly energetic and raunchy performances. They should not be missed!

Homeshake is Peter Sagar's latest solo project after previously recorded and toured with fellow Canadian Mac DeMarco. Classified as an R&B act, Homeshake's sound is full of groovy jazz undertones and comes across as very cool and relaxed. His latest album, In the Shower, is the perfect title to describe one of the perfect places to wind down and just chill out to his sweet tunes. Catch Homeshake at the M for Montreal or Merdurhaus showcases.

Institute is a punk band, simply put. They are currently on Sacred Bones Records, which is host to other punk bands such as Lust for Youth, Destruction Unit, and The Men. They will be playing 'The Show' at Hotel Vegas March 19th.

JEFF the Brotherhood is, in fact, made up of two brothers, Jake and Jamin Orrall. Like previously mentioned Diarrhea Planet, the duo is also from Nashville and is also a real DIY rock 'n' roll band.

King Tuff, born Kyle Thomas, is a garage rock band on Sub Pop and Burger Records and has five studio albums already under belt. The best way to listen to King Tuff and understand what he's all about has been described by the man himself, "turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69, and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head... listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year; a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience." (via his Sub Pop artist bio).

Laura Marling should never be missed and if you still have not seen her live and still do not know who she is, now is your chance. Ms. Marling is one of the best songwriters to have come out of England. Her commanding presence and captivating live performances along with the emotional rawness of her songs will leave anyone breathless and wanting more. Do yourself a favor and check out our Essential Laura Marling Playlist to hear some of our favorite tracks. Other bands to catch are La Luz, LODRO, and LOLAWOLF who recently toured with Miley Cyrus.

MSMR, pronounced Miss Mister, is the duo Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow who met at Vassar College in New York. Their sound is often compared to Florence the Machine and Phantogram. Tom Ford loves their track 'Hurricane' and Game of Thrones loves 'Bones' and so do we! Ms. Plapinger is also the co-founder of the independent record label Neon Gold Records which has helped launch the careers of Gotye, Passion Pit, and Ellie Goulding. Other bands to check out are Mew, Meatbodies, and Marina and the Diamonds.

Nots are another Tennessee garage rock band. This female quartet rocks out with fast and forceful tunes fortified with rough guitars, electrics, and layers of reverb. They are currently on Goner Records and will be playing the Goner Records Showcase at Beerland Friday March 20th.

(The) Octopus Project has been releasing their incredibly joyous party music since 2002. The band has previously supported DEVO and Explosions in the Sky and has earned a strong reputation, especially in their hometown of Austin, of putting on exceptionally fun live shows.

Prince Rama are sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson who put on unpredictable live shows that heavily incorporate elements of performance art and ceremonial acts. I'm not really sure what to expect from them this SXSW, but that's pretty much the point.

Que is most famous for his single 'OG Bobby Johnson'. The song even features Snoop Dogg, aka Snoopzilla, who is SXSW's keynote speaker this year. Lebron James is a fan and we are too.

Ryan Hemsworth will be back again this SXSW and we could not be more thrilled. Alone for the First Time was released last October and still has us grooving. Hemsworth will also be curating his own Secret Songs day party on March 20th, which will bring together his this love for music and love for making friends. The day party will feature artists/friends such as Skylar Spence, Mitski, and Ryan Hemsworth himself. If dancing the night away continues to be what you're after, check out Austin's multi-instrumentalist Roger Sellers and RAC as well.

Sun Club plays feel good, foot stomping, indie rock songs, which are incredibly enjoyable to see performed live. The band hails from Baltimore and toured with Thumpers in the USA last fall. This band is a must see for fans of Oberhofer, Los Campesinos, and Vampire Weekend. Also San Cisco, Sophie, Speak, Speedy Ortiz, Splashh, and Surfer Blood are all going to be rad times as well.

Twerps are a Melbourne based jangle-pop band that released their sophomore album Range Anxiety on Merge and Chapter Music in January. Their SXSW shows, including the Pitchfork and Panache Showcases, will a part of their larger USA tour with Ultimate Painting. They will also be back touring in the UK and Europe this coming May. They are great for fans of Real Estate, Dick Diver, and Cloud Nothings.

Uber and other ridesharing apps, like Lyft and Car2go, should be downloaded pronto because it can be near impossible to find an available taxi when it's 2am and your drunk ass needs a ride. It's just always good to have options.

Viet Cong's self-titled debut album still has us confounded by its excellence (read our review here). The four piece hails from Calgary, Alberta and boasts members of the band Women. Yes, Viet Cong is well buzzed about this SXSW, but they deserve every bit of attention and praise.

Wolf Alice is a four-piece from London and their latest track 'Giant Peach' is extremely infectious "with its dynamic structure it's a crashing, progressive number that tackles you to the ground with abrasive energy, snaps you in half, breaks your ears with its distortion and screaming, and ends on a monstrous, towering riff." The single comes from their debut album My Love Is Cool which will be released on 22nd June via Dirty Hit Records . Their Creature Songs EP was also one of our favorite EPs of 2014. Also Win Bulter as DJ Windows 98 should be interesting.

Xcitement and xhaustion will also be feelings you might as well just get used to. SXSW is a 10-day festival so make sure you are well prepared. You will very likely be overwhelmed with options, sick from cheap and/or free beer, you probably will suffer from some sort of hearing loss, and you will be seriously exhausted by the end of the festival.

Years and Years were the recent winners of the BBC Music Sound of 2015 and if you didn't already know, they also have a very cute grey cat. Their recently released video for 'King' was directed by Ryan Heffington, the very same director behind the famous Sia 'Chandelier' video.

(The) Zoltars are from Austin, Texas and their sound is full of garage rock vibes. They will be playing the Wienermania show at Spider House, and Panache Showcases at Hotel Vegas and Spiderhouse.