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No Longer Live from SXSW: We Miss It Already Edition

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We ran from our very last SXSW event - the It Takes a Nation of Millions to Make this Panel panel - and straight to the airport to return to Los Angeles. Mena Suvari was on the plane and we wanted badly to chat her up but didn't; we got caught up in traffic on the 101 (no shock) because of a Sherman Oaks lockdown while the police searched for a bank robbery suspect (again, no shock) and, now, we see there is a week of rain in our future. Wait, are we sure LAist hasn't turned into Seattlest?

SXSW soldiers on, though. Yesterday we got to see Robert Plant receive his lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy and hear him then give a lively discussion about his relationship with music, fame, Elvis Presley, and his new music (which sounds pretty spectacular). Bill Flanagan, once again, brought up "The Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis and now we can't get his songs out of our head. ITunes is going to have a field day with our wallet this weekend.

If you are still in Austin, KCRW and The Hotel Cafe are both in town now. If you've got some time, check out the Shooting Stars: The Golden Age of Hollywood Portraiture, 1925-1950 at the Ransom Center Galleries on the UT campus and, if you see our boy Mel spinning at different venues tonight, give him a pound, he won an Austin Music Award this week as the city's best DJ. We're so proud of him.

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And, damnit, we miss Austin.