What you need to know about SXSW 2011

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(Photo: AP; onan O’Brien attends the South by Southwest premiere of the ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’ documentary Sunday in Austin, Texas.)
It’s almost spring. That means it’s time for South by Southwest, the annual music, film and interactive festival and conference in Austin, Texas. The film portion runs through Saturday. The music portion kicks off today and runs through Sunday. About 2,000 rock and pop acts are slated to play the 25th fest. York Daily Record photo editor Eileen Joyce is headed to the festival. Read her tweets and check back next week for her review. Here are more ways to check in about the festival:
— Follow SXSW on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube.
— Download SPIN’s free 33 Songs for SXSW to be in the know about up-and-coming acts.
— Apple offers a mobile SXSW app and a 22-track SXSW sampler on iTunes.
— Here is MTV’s guide to the best musical groups.
— Read Rolling Stone’s music preview.
NPR offers live coverage and tons of music with the Austin 100 Mix.
— Get more details about the film portion of SXSW.
— Read more about the festival’s interactive component.
— Check out a photo montage from the Los Angeles Times.

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