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South By Southwest Recruits Blur's Graham Coxon, Das Racist and More

Joy Formidable and Peter Buck's Baseball Project also among the latest wave of bands added to the festival

December 21, 2010 6:05 PM ET
Das Rascist in New York City.
Das Rascist in New York City.
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The South By Southwest Festival, the yearly confab of music, film and digital-media types that takes over downtown Austin, Texas, every March, has announced the third group of artists that will be performing during the festival's official offerings.

The list is a testament to the breadth of SXSW's offerings, with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, thrash stalwarts Corrosion of Conformity, hip-hop pranksters Das Racist, fiery Welsh trio the Joy Formidable and the diamond-obsessed pop outfit The Baseball Project, which counts R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck among its ranks, on the list.

Rolling Stone's Texas Takeover: SXSW 2010

The 2010 edition of the conference pumped $113 million into Austin's economy as concerts by the likes of Nas, Courtney Love, Muse, and Spoon filled downtown Austin.

The new artists join a slew of already-announced showcasing artists that include Erykah Badu, J Mascis, Wild Flag and the Bell-Rays, as well as a large number of emerging artists from all around the world. More announcements of showcasing bands will come over the months leading up to the festival.

On Tuesday the operators of the Fader Fort, the heavily sponsored venue that in previous years has hosted performances by the likes of Kanye West, Sleigh Bells and Janelle Monáe, tweeted that "MAJOR announcements" regarding its 10th-anniversary stint in Austin would be on the horizon. The Fader Fort does not operate in an official SXSW capacity, and it often attracts acts who do not play the festival's official showcases; West closed out their offerings in 2009.

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