Southern California

Sisu

From: Los Angeles, Calif.

Online: sisuband.com

About: This quartet (say it "see-soo") certainly sounds like a Los Angeles sunset, all guitar-light and synth-like red skies at night. The key is singer/songwriter Sandra Vu and her haunting voice.

Could share a bill with: Best Coast, Zola Jesus, Spacemen 3

Vintage Trouble

From: Los Angeles

Online: vintagetrouble.com

About: Singer Ty Taylor and guitarist Nalle Colt build around their love for vintage R&B and those musical moments when soul and rock fuse into something impossibly sweaty and in-the-moment. The result is high octane R&B thunder. If they can pull it off live, they're the sort of band that could be the talk of SXSW.

Could share a bill with: The Now Time Delegation, Alabama Shakes, Black Joe Lewis

The Beautiful View

From: San Diego

Online: thebeautifulview.com

About: Big-sounding, impossibly slick guitar rock music, decked out silk shirts and tight suits. The band is named after the city of Chula Vista, which means "beautiful view" in Spanish.

Could share a bill with: Duran Duran, the Killers, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

JMSN

From: Los Angeles

Online: iamjmsn.com

About: A Detroit, Mich., native, the enigmatic JMSN's equally enigmatic debut "†Priscilla†," mixes electronc beats with lush life synths, processed guitar and a wind-swept vibe. It's late-night neon stuff, recalling interior shots from a Michael Mann movie.

Could share a bill with: Portishead, Radiohead, possibly Machinehead

Michael Guy Bowman

From: Los Angeles

Online: iambowman.com

About: Oddball electronic musician whose music works best as — and happens to be used for — webcomic soundtracks. He is the sort of fellow you might see performing at comic book conventions. Nerdtastic.

Could share a bill with: Adam WarRock, Adventure Time, Devo

Joel Rafael

From: Escondido, Calif.

Online: www.joelrafael.com

About: One-time musical partner of Rosie Flores and stellar interpreter of Woody Guthrie's music, Rafael has played with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Laura Nyro to Jesse Colin Young and sits on the Board of Directors of Folk Alliance International.

Could share a bill with: anyone who has ever played Kerrville Folk Festival, ever.