South by Southwest already? Yes, it's a little under four months away, and earlier this week the annual Austin festival announced the first round of showcase participants. It's a small list, this first batch, and mostly comprises international bands who need to start making visa arrangements, etc. in order to get to Texas pronto.
Mariachi el Bronx
More from SXSWers after the jump ....
Audra Mae (who does a beautiful version of Dylan's "Forever Young," too)
The 88 (recorded at the late, lamented Sea Level Records)
Mumiy Troll is originally from Russia, though they've recently relocated to Los Angeles)
Princeton, inspired by Terrence Malick
Robert Francis performs in Paris a few weeks back
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The Funeral Pyre brings it home
Also slated to appear from LA are B Real of Cypress Hill, the Crystal Method, and DJ Revolution. West Coast Sound will keep you posted as more names spill out.