2007_02_arts_austinist.jpgFor the past couple of years we've headed down to Austin for SXSW. One of the more enjoyable times of the year, can't really complain about an experience which includes: music, friends, avocado margaritas, sunshine and migas. That said, we'll be headed down again this year, the "festival" runs from March 9th to the 18th (Interactive > March 9-13, Film › March 9-17, Music › March 14-18).

We'll also be having our own party again, and you're all invited (it's free!). It will take place on Wednesday March 14th to help kick off five days of music. More details are on the way, but we can tell you for now that headlining our outdoor stage will be Architecture in Helsinki! We should have the rest of the 16 or so bands (and other fun details) announced by next week.

In the meantime, those overachievers at Austinist have created a handy little map and guide to SXSW this year, check it out here and start planning your week.

Listen: DTW Metronomy remix.mp3 - Architecture in Helsinki

And if you're a New York band heading down, and want to do a Tour-ist feature for us, email us at jencarlson (a) gothamist dot com.