Why wait? Get your free SXSW music here!

Nothing shitty at SXSW, that's for sure!

With the big SXSW music event exactly a week away, we thought about a way we could share this monstrous event with our faithful readers, most of whom are nowhere near Texas.  So instead of you coming down to Austin for SXSW, we will take it to you!

All you gotta do is pick and choose some of these little samplers … download for free, and crank ’em up for your own little SXSW party!

Bloodshot Records SXSW 2011 sampler at Amazon.com – Artists include Eddie Spaghetti (of the Supersuckers), Ha Ha Tonka, Exene Cervenka (of X) and the Waco Brothers, among others.

Urban Outfitters Live in Austin 2011 – Artists include Papercuts, Beach Fossils, the Cults, Givers, Sun Airway, Josh T. Pearson, Screaming Females and many more. (Right click on big red button to save)

National Public Radio’s “Austin 100” SXSW 2011 sampler – NPR generously narrows down who they think are the best acts playing the event – individual MP3s are offered for download, not a hundred but the ones that are here include Bright Eyes, Damien Jurado, DevotchKa and more.

SXSW 2011 sampler from iTunes – Artists include Hayes Carll, Jessica Lea Mayfield, G Love, Lucinda Williams and Talib Kwell … 22 tracks in all.  (Link works only if you already have iTunes … if not, you can go to the iTunes Facebook page to get set up)

Spinner’s SXSW 2011 Free Songs – More than 200 artists represented here, easily the most ambitious of these free downloads.  Thanks, Spinner!

SXSW Baby! Sampler – A whole bunch o’ tunes from the venerable music blog, which also happens to be an excellent source for all SXSW information.

SPIN magazine Austin Power sampler w/33 songs from SXSW artists

Pretty Ambitious Records SXSW 2011 sampler

New Granada Records SXSW 2011 sampler

eMusic SXSW 2011 Free Music Sampler

Ioda Records SXSW Opening Day Bash Sampler 2011 (at Amazon.com)

Listen to 469 bands playing at SXSW (mostly streaming, some downloads)

Whew! That should keep you busy for a while. Before we begin to get ready for this year’s SXSW, we want to leave you with even more free stuff.  My Morning Jacket and a few others have free songs for download at their respective websites; all it will cost you is an e-mail address.  Check back this weekend for our SXSW music preview, and next week follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

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