First, the bad news is: I won't be at SXSW (the South by Southwest Music Conference) in Austin, and chances are you won't be there either, unless you're Donora or Boaz or Chevy Woods or Silencio or Mike Budai or Paul Quattrone (!!!) or my friend Rich or someone else cool who's going.
The good news is, you can get some of the SXSW flavor, but not the warmth, in the comfort of your own home or office.
NPR Music offer a live broadcast of the keynote address at noon (Eastern) Thursday by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who recently directed the documentary "Sound City: Real to Reel," about California's Sound City Studios, which gave us Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Damn the Torpedoes" and Nirvana's "Nevermind," among others.
NPR will also stream its SXSW showcase at Stubb's at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Café Tacvba, Alt-J, Youth Lagoon and more.
For more info, go to npr.org/sxsw.
Donora and Boaz, by the way, are part of a Rostrum Records showcase at Avenue on Congress Saturday night.