The Top 10 Acts to Watch from SXSW 2010

With over 2,000 bands performing in Austin, Texas, for this year’s SXSW music festival, separating the ones-to-watch from the ones-to-wash was a challenge even if you were there. While we weren’t able to catch every artist in attendance, now that the dust has settled and our brains have become (relatively) unscrambled, we were able to compile the best of the best — in order to give you the top 10 acts from the melee to watch out for in 2010. From quirky UK pop to retro soul to inspired global sounds, we’ve got you covered for the upcoming months. Listen to all of the artists, watch videos, and rock out after the jump.

1. Marina & the Diamonds
Buy: American Jewels EP

We’ve been enamored with Marina Diamandis, aka Marina & the Diamonds, ever since we heard her sparkly single “I Am Not a Robot” last year. Her debut album, The Family Jewels, is due stateside next month, and is an early contender for album of the year. Marina’s SXSW shows were among her first in the US, and proved that she’s as compelling and kooky live as she is on record.

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