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SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts

Make room in your schedule, between the beer and barbecue, for these bands

SXSW 20 must see acts

With more than 1,300 acts scheduled to perform at South by Southwest in Austin this week, it's easy to get lost among the endless choices at the 27th-annual festival, which runs Tuesday through Saturday. There are some clear standouts, though, from well-known acts like Iggy and the Stooges, Vampire Weekend and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to buzzed-about up-and-comers including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alt-J and Waxahatchee. They're among 20 must-see acts at SXSW who are worth making room for, between the beer and the barbecue, in your schedule.

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By Eric R. Danton

Natalie Maines

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Natalie Maines

Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines has been busier as a parent and an activist than as a musician since 2007, when the chart-topping country trio went largely dormant. But Maines is back this spring with a new album, Mother, that's due out in May. The album, a rock record, pairs a handful of originals with covers of tunes by Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper and Pink Floyd, whose song "Mother" doubles as the title track.

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