Hundreds of bands and artists from many different genres over four days play free shows.
There have been plenty of bands broken because of the festival and plenty more signed.
Every year, the festival has released a torrent of artists playing at the event. If you have a program like Bittorrent, you can download hundreds of songs free here.
Now, you may not download 6 GB of music, but I'll give you a heads up on some artists to download and unlike most blogs where I just go over Rock, I'm going to branch out a bit.
I'll start with Rock:
Anberlin (Feel Good Drag): Last year's New Surrender marked their major label debut on Universal Records. The song Feel Good Drag is their first song to not only chart on alternative, but hit the top 10 where it currently still sits.
Melissa Auf Der Maur (Followed the Waves): This song was the first single off of her self-titled Capitol album in 2004. It was a very underrated record here in the States and her show March 20th will hopefully bring her back to where she belongs.
Bigelf (Money, It's Pure Evil): It's as if The Beatles from their "Helter Skelter" days got together with early Black Sabbath. Bigelf, it's pure rock.
The Break and Repair Method (You Won't Be Able to Be Sad): By listening to it you probably couldn't be able to tell, but this is a wonderful side project of Matchbox 20 guitarist Paul Doucette.
Closure in Moscow (We Want Guarantees, Not Hunger Pains): This Aussie band is kind of a mixture of Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. Lead singer Chris DeCinque has the highest pitched vocals of any band I've heard since Circa Survive's Anthony Green.
Fair to Midland (Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes): The storytelling of hard rock here is reminscent of System of a Down, who's Serj Tankian actually signed to his imprint Serjical Strike Records.
The Maine (Girls Do What They Want): These guys played with CFW favorite VersaEmerge on the Secret Valentines Tour and they have a bitchin' cover of Akon's "I Wanna Love You" on the first installment of Punk Goes Crunk.
Nevertheless (Longshot): Pop punk band toured with Fireflight last year and are currently touring behind In the Making...
Amanda Palmer (Leeds United): Singer/songwriter genius behind half of The Dresden Dolls will be performing solo at this year's SXSW.
Shiny Toy Guns (Ghost Town): The second single off of Season of Poison, the new-wave Shiny Toy Guns has become a bit heavier and a lot catchier with their second album.
The Urgency (Fingertips): The David Bendeth produced self-titled debut, this song is less tongue-in-cheek and more tongue-in-other-places.
Bring Me the Horizon (The Comedown): Metalcore has hit Britain like a mack truck through a teenager's bed.
Kylesa (Said and Done): Male and female dual hardcore vocals...a band that I've actually never heard of before, but has my attention at first listen.
The Day After (Car Crash): A melodic smorgasbord of Vegas alt-rock.
Star Fucking Hipsters (Two Cups of Tea): Aside from having one of the coolest names on the entire bill, this female-fronted band's "Two Cups of Tea" pops between a electropop beat and balls out hardcore.
Whole Wheat Bread (Throw Your Sets Up): Pop punk band that runs the gamut of genres even doing an EP split with covers of crunk songs. "Throw Your Sets Up" is reggae rock that's easier to dance to than Skindred.
Bedouin Soundclash (Walls Fall Down): Those of you that are going to the No Doubt/Paramore summer tour might want to check this out as this band will be opening for both juggernauts.
Lisa Hannigan (Lillie): Anyone that knows Damien Rice's best work might want to download this. Lisa's finally going to put out solo work of her own later this year. She'll be opening for Jason Mraz on his latest tour.
Ladyhawke (My Delirium): This Kiwi makes her debut at the festival. A true rags to riches story may get her a contract here in the States.
Stars Go Dim (Come Around): I mentioned them before on this blog. Perfect power pop.
Chip Pope (Ladyboy): Flight of the Conchords meets The Lonely Island meets What the fuck is that?
Howard Kremer (You Won't Sass Me Like That When I Can Summon Wolves): This song is just as random and just as crazy as the other one. I mean, just look at the title.
This doesn't even mention the many bands that are playing in and around the area just to play there for this mega event and there are also surprises.
If you live in or near the area, I am insanely jealous.