Five Bands to Watch From SXSW 2008

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You've seen the awesome photos, checked out our live footage and interviews with folks including My Morning Jacket, N.E.R.D. and Sara Bareilles, and read our daily reports on acts like R.E.M. and Thurston Moore — now get a look at the five up-and-coming artists Rolling Stone spotted down in Austin at this year's SXSW fest:

• Equal parts "dance" and "punks," Does It Offend You, Yeah? obliterated the crowd with hard beats, glitchy synths, vocoder-enhanced vocals and a few wailing guitar riffs.

• Cleveland MC Kid Cudi showed up during rapper Wale's gig at Stubb's on Saturday and just about stole the show with a killer Southern-flavored freestyle and a lot of stage presence; more proof that the Midwest is hip-hop's most happening spot right now.

Los Campesinos!, seven kids from Wales, U.K., combine the insta-party vibe of the Go! Team with Broken Social Scene's triumphant, ecstatic choruses.

• We stumbled on Southend, U.K. outfit These New Puritans playing outdoors on a broiling hot Friday afternoon, and were stopped cold by their funky New Wave freakout — not to mention lead singer Jack Barnett's steel shirt. Why should Gwar get all the armor?

• Manchester, U.K. foursome The Whip are ready-made for dance parties, evoking Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem and — on their best number, "Trash" — a bit of Stone Roses.

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