Rolling Stone - SXSW 2012: 25 Can't-Miss Acts

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Plan ahead to catch these artists while you're in Austin.

SXSW can be overwhelming, to say the least. Bands set up camp in just about every building in downtown Austin. Bars and clubs are booked solid, but so are churches, pool halls, parking lots and everything in between. Choosing your SXSW schedule in this chaos can be challenging, but with most musicians playing multiple shows, you can catch what you want to see if you plan ahead. There are major artists you already love (see: Bruce Springsteen), bands you know and bands you've never heard of. The best SXSW schedule includes all of these, as well as the little surprises you just can't plan for. We've earmarked 25 acts that are worth the effort.

And, it goes without saying that all of the bands we've invited to our Rock Room day parties on March 16th and 17th are not to be missed. See the full schedule – including Keane, Gary Clark Jr., Hot Water Music and lots more – here.

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
After winning accolades as the fiery guitar slinger for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Tom Morello surprised audiences when he unveiled his folksinger alter-ego the Nightwatchman. That his songs were protest songs was no surprise. Morello has performed in support of the Occupy movement in encampments both on Wall Street and in Los Angeles. He plays Rolling Stone's Rock Room day party at La Zona Rosa on March 17th.

By: Benjy Eisen

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