South by Southwest is here — Film and Interactive today and Music on Tuesday — and what a relief: Anticipation and planning are hard on the nerves.

In this section, you’ll find highlights broken down by genre, our answer to navigating the list of more than 2,100 bands playing the music festival. Looking for top rockers? The hottest new rappers? Country sounds or Latin alternative beats? Create the experience you want, from veterans with proven track records to buzzy blogger favorites to under-the-radar talents you have yet to discover.

And let’s not forget the international artists; close to 600 acts from around the world are descending on Austin. Our "Around the World in 5 days" will guide you to some of the best global sounds the festival has to offer.

As always, many bands with official showcases are also playing one or more side parties or events. For our preview purposes, we’ve mostly listed the SXSW showcase times.

For Film, today we take a deeper look at some of the documentary offerings hitting screens in the next nine days, as well as some tips for navigating the fest without a badge.

You do need a badge for some of the best Interactive events, but we have things you can do for free, as well as some of today’s top plans.

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Our live coverage starts today. Look for photos, videos, panel recaps, reviews, interviews and more. Also online, you can catch up with all the previews we’ve published so far, including a look at narrative films at SXSW, more interviews and all the big stuff happening at Interactive.

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Plan your party-going with our searchable side party guide.

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Keep up with all the SXSW social buzz from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more in one place in our social hub.

Follow our main Twitter account @360sxsw for all the latest news and rumor patrol. Add your own tips with the hashtags #360sxswtips and #nobadge, and use #360festies if you want to contribute to our fashion coverage.