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    By now you're well aware SXSW is in full swing, and the relaunching MySpace is making a big splash down in Austin this year with a series of secret shows. Tickets to these gigs are free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis who RSVP at new.myspace.com/secretshow, but we can make your entry into Friday night's (extremely excellent) show a little easier: by giving them to you!First, the important info — who's playing? Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells, Dillon Francis, and Theophilus London. Yup, there are recent SPIN cover stars in the mix.Fill out the form below for a chance at a pair of tix! We'll notify the winner via email Friday morning with ticket pickup info. Good luck!

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    SXSW, the annual pulled-pork crawl and Frito pie gorge-sesh scored by hundred of bands, is almost upon us! Our bags are packed, our amazing parties are booked, and we've called St. David's South Austin Medical Center who has kindly reminded us that, no, we cannot put Stubb's BBQ sauce on an IV drip. The final thing missing is a proper soundtrack. To that end, here is a 60-track blowout of the hottest, most anticipated, must-see acts at SXSW.

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