Ray Rahman
March 12, 2013 AT 07:07 PM EDT

The Twitterers are tweeting, breakfast tacos are being eaten, and Prince is packing his bags for Texas — that’s right, SXSW’s music conference has begun.

From today through Sunday, an army of artists big and small will be flooding Austin for another year of music-fueled revelry, music-affiliated branding, and, if they’re lucky, some actual music.

The boldface names are plenty — everyone from Depeche Mode to Green Day to Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to perform this week — but the true spirit of SXSW is still the up-and-coming indie acts. With that in mind, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some the most exciting and anticipated artists playing this year, from the mysterious hypno-pop duo Rhye (pictured above) to the brash garage-rock upstarts the Palma Violets.

Take a listen to our full SXSW playlist below:

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EW’s music team will be getting out hands dirty down in Austin all week, so head back to Music Mix for daily updates, show reviews, interviews, and breaking news.

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