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

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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?
EW.com’s SXSW 2008 coverage
SXSW on PopWatch

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