Big names and headliners like Spoon, John Legend, TV On The Radio and Wiz Khalifa are headed to Austin for the South By Southwest music conference, but an influx of emerging talent still remains the best -- and most essential -- part of the fest.

From electro to hip-hop to indie noisemakers to singer-songwriters, below is a list of some new artists to check out and listen to, even if you're not SXSW-bound this week.

Shamir, Jamestown Revival, Chastity Belt, Remi, Lemaitre, Priory, Smallpools, Girl Band, Laura Welch, Kevin Gates and more are included.

Who are some highlights to your schedule? Who do you love right now that isn't headed to the Austin festival?

SXSW Music runs March 17 through this Sunday, March 22.

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.