How does an emerging artist rise above the crowd to get noticed these days? By using online social media. So many new artists have rocketed to success by simply posting their music on YouTube and engaging fans directly through Twitter and Facebook. The Internet is the world’s biggest grapevine and word can spread like fire. Sonicbids, which is an online matchmaker helping connect artists directly with gig promoters and used exclusively by such festivals as SXSW to book artists, put out this interesting infographic. It shows 13 emerging bands playing at SXSW, “Selected by Editors vetted by Social Media” and scored by the bands’ YouTube, Facebook and Twitter fan growth. The chart predicts the 3 breakout bands for 2013 from this group will be Clear Soul Forces, G-Eazy and San Cisco. What do you think of their band picks?