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Get 5 MP3s of SPIN-Approved SXSW Bands for Two Bucks!

Check out some of the bands that we're most excited to see at March's South by Southwest conference, then score their songs for one low price!

SPIN iconBy: SPIN Staff // February 27, 2009

The South by Southwest Music Conference is set for March 18-22 in Austin, TX — and online music store Lala has asked SPIN.com to point out a few of the bands on our radar for this year’s fest!Check out our selections below, and click here to download a 5-track sampler of tracks from our top picks — for only $2!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Hometown: New York, NY
Why we picked them: Winsome indie-pop that’s impossible to deny, wrapped in just the right amount of guitar fuzz.
Links: MySpace

Ida Maria
Hometown: Bergen, Norway
Why we picked her: Her debut is riotous yet affectionate, addressing God, self-destructive behavior, late-night parties and the relationships they bloom.
SPIN.com Links: Breaking Out: Ida Maria

Cut Off Your Hands
Hometown: New Zealand
Why we picked them: Their stop start rhythms and long drawn build-ups make their music as danceable as a Girl Talk mash-up.
SPIN.com Links: Interview: Cut Off Your Hands

Ladyhawke
Hometown: New Zealand
Why we picked her: With sleek synthesizer lines, down-tempo beats, and sultry vocals, she’s got the perfect soundtrack for a night on the dance floor.
SPIN.com Links: Interview: Ladyhawke

P.O.S.
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Why we picked him: This indie-hip-hopper has banging beats and tight rhymes — perfect for headphones and Hummers.
Links: MySpace