Off to SXSW / A quick batch of links

Staff Writer
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Tomorrow morning I head to Austin, Texas to cover the South by Southwest music festival. SXSW is one of the world's largest music events, a former Austin local music showcase that blossomed from those humble roots into a gathering of hundreds of bands from around the world. More or less the entire music industry—or at least the segment focused on up-and-coming musicians—converges on Austin for a week. Musicians, record company people, promoters, journalists and hangers-on wander the streets of Texas' capital, jumping from showcase to showcase, trying to see much-hyped performers, discover new gems or simply figure out which party is offering free booze.

I'll be experiencing wall-to-wall music from to noon to 2 a.m. daily, alternating between following our local representatives around and slipping away to sample what the rest of the world has to offer. Check back here for daily reports and photos, then pick up next week's paper for an extended SXSW feature.

Melissa Starker is already down there covering SXSW's film festival. Check her blog for update on that, but first stay here and enjoy a few pop culture links as usual. They're after the jump.

The Washington Post is pitting the cast of Lost against each other in a March Madness-style bracket.

They also say smooth jazz is dead.

The Pitchfork Music Festival announced part of its lineup.

The Game is out of jail.

Britney Spears will guest star on an episode of How I Met Your Mother.

Madonna was among those inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. The Daily Swarm has video. Also, apparently a lot of people used cuss words, and this is news for some reason.

Ray Romano may star in an upcoming TNT drama series.

The Beatles may finally be coming to iTunes. They're definitely coming to American Idol.

TV Tattle has a large selection of The Wire links.

"Chuck Norris puts the laughter in manslaughter." That's one I haven't heard yet!

Finally, Snoop Dogg moves on from "Sensual Seduction" to "Life of the Party," feat. Too Short: