At South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX they have been taking music, film and entertainment seriously since 1987. SXSW is Austin’s week long music & film festival.

The festival draws nearly 10,000 people and showcases hundreds of new and emerging talents. SXSW, Inc. is an international affair and houses offices in Ireland, Germany, Australia and Japan. You can then imagine the broad scope of music featured at the festival.

Your OTM culture host has been busy queuing up the 2006 bands and has assembled some of his favorites for your listening pleasure, click on the artist to visit for sample songs.

Andy Pratt -- Pop

Bobby Bare -- Country

Busdriver -- Pop

Carina Round -- Rock

Carmen Rizzo (of Niyaz) -- Electronic

Caroline -- Pop

Carolyn Mark -- Country

Christine Fellows -- Jazz

The End of the World -- Rock

Gena Rowlands Band -- Pop

Gingerbread Patriots -- Rock

Gogol Bordello -- Punk

Hard-Fi -- Rock

Ian Moore -- Rock

Isobel Campbell -- Jazz

JD Natasha - Latin Rock

John Boutte -- Jazz

Jon Randall - Country

Josh Ritter -- Rock

Judith Owen -- Jazz

Kunimoto Takeharu -- Japanese Rock

Lesbians On Ecstasy -- Electronic

Living Better Electrically -- Rock

Los De Abajo -- Latin Ska

Margot & The Nuclear So And So -- Pop

Mike Wexler -- Rock

Real Ones -- Rock

Richard Hawley -- Contemporary Pop

Rumble Strips -- Pop

Sharron Kraus & Christian Kief -- Traditional Irish

Super XX Man -- Pop

The Thin Man -- Rock

Tommy Shane Steiner -- Country

Tres -- Jazz

Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re -- Japanese Rock

Death Ray Music -- Rock

Washington Social Club -- Rock

Willy Mason -- Rock