Dickies clothing line is looking for eight of the best unsigned/independent bands in the country to compete in their inaugural Battle of the Bands. This event will be held at SXSW on Friday, March 20 at The Compound from 1- 6p.m. in Austin, TX. Submissions will be accepted via the Dickies Battle of the Bands website or by mail. To qualify to compete for the $10,000 grand prize, submissions must include an entry form, a photo of the band and a 60-second video clip of original material. Runners-up will get Dickies gear. Entries will be subject to review by a panel of celebrity judges in the music industry. Deadline is Feb. 23 at 11:59pm EST. Bands chosen to compete will be announced March 2 on www.dickiesupstart.com.