There's loads of free music you can download before you go to SXSW - and if you're not going then download it anyway, it's still free music, right?
Here's a roundup of some of the best, I'll add more as I find them, so keep checking back.
Next, thanks to one of our favourite SXSW sites you can DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2011” sampler
Download the IODA in Austin Opening Day Bash 2011 Sampler
Download the Austin Town Hall music sampler
Download Austin Power, Spin's 33-track sampler, here
Download the 22 track iTunes SXSW sampler here (it only works if you're in the US, boo to you Steve Jobs)
The last one is a monster - over 200 tracks from Spinner Music, split into 4 downloads, which you can get here:
SXSW 2011 Free MP3s Part 1
SXSW 2011 Free MP3s Part 2
SXSW 2011 Free MP3s Part 3
SXSW 2011 Free MP3s Part 4