By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 17, 2010

NODZZZ | Great Scott | March 29 | It wouldn't be a proper SXSW 2010 forecast without at least one band sporting distractingly superfluous consonants (see you in another life, Wavves; we're just not that into you, Jaill), so let it be San Mateo's fantastically spastic Nodzzz. Think Feelies meeting the more insolent ends of the Nuggets spectrum. These Californians don't wanna smoke marijuana, they just wanna get high — that sort of thing. They'll make perfect openers for the Soft Pack, and a perfect closer for your first barbecue.

SLEIGH BELLS | Middle East upstairs | April 4 | Do you need to pay attention to Sleigh Bells, or is this just a universe of blog bitches bullshitting us again? We'll be honest: we don't know! But we're sure to find out. The brutal-guitar-and-girl-gone-wild duo have been ripping Brooklyn a brand new Brooklyn with their savagely damaged bangers. We might be drunk enough for it all to make sense, and so might you when they come here with floor destroyers Major Lazer.

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