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At LAist, we've done everything to convince ourselves that we're not missing out (tho we could use the rain) by steering clear of SXSW (did somebody say 5 weeks 'til Coachella?). Enter our new buddy Finetune. This music-streaming app, a veritable iPod shuffle for the world to share, combines Pandora's music recommending capabilities with's social scene and takes the "Web 2.0" look, tagging and sharing mechanisms a step further. So take a break from slacker for a minute and come play with us. We selected a bunch of audio tracks from the Finetune library and embedded it quite simply, below. Go ahead, press play.

You're listening to a 47-song playlist as selected by LAist and played in random order. Why 47 songs? Finetune requires that every playlist be at least 45 songs, without playing more than 3 cuts per artist. We selected from only the artists scheduled to perform at SxSW this week. As frustrating as it was to scroll through the list of roughly 1,500 bands on the SouthBy sched, it was even more of a drag to dig up tracks from said bands in the Finetune archive. But never mind to what lengths we'd go for rock 'n' roll.

Screenshots and more after the jump.