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SXSW preview: 10 must-see panels, speakers and interviews

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Panels are open to music and platinum badgeholders and artist wristbands only, although some, such as Bruce Springsteen's keynote, will be streamed on sxsw.com and through other outlets. All panels are in the Austin Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

1. Bruce Springsteen, SXSW keynote speaker. The Boss. Nuff said. Noon Thursday , Ballroom D

2. "Downloaded: The SXSW Interview." VH1 writer and director Alex Winter - who is making a documentary about this very issue and was the non-Keanu Reeves fellow in the "Bill and Ted" movies - moderates a discussion between Napster founder Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, who helped shape Napster into a company and developed several start-ups before becoming Facebook's founding president. 2 p.m., Wednesday , Room 18ABC

3. "SXSW Interview: Bomba Estereo." John Norris sits down with the Colombian dance party band to talk about their self-described "psychedelic cumbia" sound. 2 p.m. Saturday, Room 16ABC

4. "The Basics of Music Publishing Income Streams." If you are a musician and publishing income baffles you, go to this panel. With intellectual property attorney Andrew Krents, Block Entertainment president Rico Brooks, The Orchard director of operations John Ashline, Great South Bay Music Group president Travis McFetridge, and Jessica Weiner of Ultra International Music Publishing. 2 p.m. Wednesday , Room 15. (Pair this with "A Beginner's Guide to Music Publishing," 5 p.m. Wednesday , Room 12AB).

5. "SXSW Interview: StarGate." Village Voice music editor Maura Johnston interviews Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, aka StarGate, the production team behind such pop hits as Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Ne-Yo's "So Sick." 12:30 p.m. Saturday , Room 18ABC.

6. "From The Blocks To The Blogs." Exploring the role of social media and hip-hop with Cashmere Marketing Agency vice president and former "The Source" executive editor Ryan Ford, Beats By Dr. Dre social media manager Karen Civil, MocoSpace CEO Justin Siegel, Sway in the Morning co-host Devi Dev, and Rap Radar CEO/hip-hop savant Elliott Wilson 3:30 p.m. Wednesday , Room 13AB

7. "New Atlantis: New Orleans Music Rebuilds." John Swenson, author of "New Atlantis: Musicians Fight for the Survival of New Orleans," moderates a discussion about where New Orleans music is now, seven years after Hurricane Katrina. With Bang-N Records CEO Don "Don B" Bartholomew, Davis Rogan (the inspiration for "Treme's" Davis McAlery), Dash Rip Rock songwriter Bill Davis, Mark Bingham of Piety Street Studio and New Orleans Times-Picayune contributing music writer Alison Fensterstock. 12:30 p.m. Saturday , Room 15

8. "The Unspoken Code of the Music Blogosphere." Ethics, blogs, MP3s and the legality of all of them together as discussed by Jason Sigal of WFMU FM's Free Music Archive, Leslie Madill of Ninja Tune Records, cyberlaw expert Christopher Bavitz of Harvard Law School/Berkman Center, Todd Goldstein of the band Arms and Anthony Volodkin of the blog Hype Machine. 2 p.m. Saturday , Room 11AB

9. "SXSW Interview: Ann and Nancy Wilson." NPR music critic and Seattle native Ann Powers interviews Heart songwriting team and Seattle natives Ann and Nancy Wilson. This is their first-ever appearance at SXSW (the Wilson's, not Powers'. Ann's been here A LOT.) 2:45 p.m. Thursday , Room 18ABC

10. "Boys and Girls `N the Hood: Regional Music Scenes, Then and Now." Yes, I will endorse the panel I am on and yes, I will be talking about Austin (and possibly Washington, D.C.). With writer Will Hermes, Kate Jackson of Grandstand Media and Management, musician Maggie, Sierra Leonean-American electronic musician Boima Tucker and yours truly. 12:30 p.m. Friday , Room 11AB.

- Joe Gross