By Leah Greenblatt
March 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Music Mixers, meet Rod (not be confused with matchbox 20’s Rob) Thomas, a young singer-songwriter passed on to us from EW’s resident movie expert/Euro-pop superfan Dave Karger. He’s signed to Elton John’s Twenty-First Artists management company, also home to Lily Allen and James Blunt, and he’ll be all over Austin for SXSW this week.

From what we’ve streamed on Thomas’s MySpace, he’s got a sort of Blunt-like sensitive-beardy-Brit vibe,with a little whiff of Yaz-style synth-wistfulness (and pretty much none of Lily’s naughty-Mockney snark). But don’t take our word for it; check out the live acoustic clip below and tell us what you think: