South by Southwest 2009: Who's going to Austin?

Metallica_lThe annual South by Southwest festival kicked off this past Friday in sunny Austin, Tex., and, man, am I jealous I’m not there yet. Right now, only the Film and Interactive portions of SXSW are underway; I’ll be heading down as part of EW’s SXSW crew this Wednesday, when the Music free-for-all begins. Starting Thursday, you can head over to our our brand-new all-music microsite, The Music Mix, for tons of coverage on the buzz bands and rock titans (Metallica?!) that play shows. Hey, maybe we’ll even throw in an occasional barbecue blog. Till then, I’ll just be here in New York wishing I hadn’t missed hilarious blogger/cartoonist David Rees‘ Friday-afternoon panel.

Are any of you planning to check out SXSW this year — or are you in Austin already? Who are you most looking forward to seeing there? Schedules tend to take form very much on the fly, but personally I’ll be trying to juggle seeing the likes of Grizzly Bear, ReflectionEternal, Erykah Badu, DM Stith, Beach House, Sam Amidon, Explosions in the Sky, Vetiver, and lord knows who else. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack sunscreen!

More on SXSW:
Rachael Ray’s SXSW party exclusive: What will she be cooking up in Austin this year?’s SXSW 2008 coverage
SXSW on PopWatch

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  • TX DEM

    Well, I live in Austin, and I am certainly not going to do anything SXSW this year, or any. Its a total hipster, d-bag invasion.

  • Winona

    As always, I wish I were going to SXSW – but alas, that darn economy got in the way this year. I *wish* I were going to see Tinted Windows (and am truly hoping that a small percentage of Hanson fans don’t ruin it for everyone else). I am currently living vicariously through NPR’s stream of 100 songs from 100 SXSW bands:

  • Crystal

    I’m GOING!!!! I have wanted to go to this for the last 12 years I am psyched! See you all there :)

  • Matt

    Can’t wait to see Magic Magic. This band’s ready to be the next thing.

  • eliz.s.

    I live in Austin, and the only SxSW shows I’m going to are the ones at my church (which is a venue) while I volunteer there.

  • givetoandy

    If we hadn’t just bought a house, I’d have taken off work and gone to every friggin’ SUPERDRAG show during the week. Arrg! Why, new home, hath you forsaken me!

  • David Rees

    Simon, I was not able to attend the SXSW Texas Computer Conference because Delta airlines cancelled my flight because they knew my internet 3.0 skills would threaten their entire business model!
    So I am posting my SXSW PowerPoint presentation on my blog:

    David Rees

  • factchecker

    Oh wow – that comment was really from David Rees! I thought it must be a scam, but it’s not! Check out his power point presentation – it’s v. cool.

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