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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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  • The man of the hour

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  • SPIN Presents Austin Power: A SXSW 2013 Mixtape

    Download SPIN's 60-Track Mixtape of SXSW 2013's Hottest Acts

    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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    You already know that Kendrick Lamar will be headlining SPIN's insane SXSW party Friday afternoon at Stubb's along with Solange, CHVRCHES, Parquet Courts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and a special guest appearance from Trinidad James (plus DJ sets from Jackmaster, Oneman, and Machinedrum). And we've told you about our daytime parties at the SPIN House featuring the Thermals, Fletcher C. Johnson, and Majical Clouds (Thursday) and Bleached, Savages, Cloud Nothings, and Jonathan Toubin (Saturday).Well, we've got one more announcement to make: full lineups and set times for the nighttime SPIN showcases at the SPIN House at Easy Tiger. We've got evenings dedicated to K-pop, up-and-coming hip-hop, indie rock, and more. Here's how it'll go down:Wednesday, March 138:00 p.m. — Lowdown 309:00 — Goonam10:00 p.m. — No Brain11:00 p.m. — The Geeks12:00 a.m. — 3rd Line Butterfly1:00 a.m.

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