We’ve already taken a look back at the acts who used South by Southwest as a launchpad to stardom last year, and now it’s time to stake our claim for this year’s can’t-miss performers. The SXSW music conference gets underway Tuesday (March 12), and it’s particularly poppy this time around, so we had a tough time narrowing down our must-see list to 10. But we’re confident that we’ve highlighted 10 acts that will make South-byers glad they plunked down all that cash and endured the lines, the corporate hucksterism and the soggy tacos for a chance to see them.
And, ya know, if Justin Timberlake ends up donning the suit and tie for a “secret” show, rest assured we’ve reserved the hypothetical eleventh spot on this list just for him. Click through the gallery up top to see who made the roster.