Welcome back to Lunch Break Links! My coverage of SXSW Day 4 and a festival wrap-up are coming up later today. For now, enjoy the return to normalcy.

While I was in Texas, the one sacrifice I had to make in exchange for a lovely weekend of music was a huge cutback in March Madness. ESPN's Bill Simmons chronicled the entire (somewhat underwhelming) first round with a running diary, and Pat Forde assesses the aftermath of the weekend's action.

One game that actually was exciting (and damn it, down in Texas I forgot to watch it) was the Ohio State-Xavier game. Here's a report in case you missed it.

And speaking of madness...

Pitchfork has an interview with The Good, the Bad and the Queen, who "ripped at South by," I must say. Just skip the incoherent babbling of the introduction and go directly to the questions.

Want to see a gross photo of Gene Simmons post-plastic surgery (pre-healing)? Don't say I didn't warn you.

I guess Chris Rock dropped in on SNL this weekend and it was actually pretty good. (Just watched it, and yes, it's actually funny and edgy.) You can get video here.

From Pop Candy: Jeopardy craziness! Rainn Wilson on his new movie! (He's 41?) And here's how John Cusack convinced Hillary Duff to be in his new movie.

A few more music, TV, movies and sports links after the jump, including a must-see blog from one of the NBA's craziest people:

Welcome back to Lunch Break Links! My coverage of SXSW Day 4 and a festival wrap-up are coming up later today. For now, enjoy the return to normalcy.

While I was in Texas, the one sacrifice I had to make in exchange for a lovely weekend of music was a huge cutback in March Madness. ESPN's Bill Simmons chronicled the entire (somewhat underwhelming) first round with a running diary, and Pat Forde assesses the aftermath of the weekend's action.

One game that actually was exciting (and damn it, down in Texas I forgot to watch it) was the Ohio State-Xavier game. Here's a report in case you missed it.

And speaking of madness...

Pitchfork has an interview with The Good, the Bad and the Queen, who "ripped at South by," I must say. Just skip the incoherent babbling of the introduction and go directly to the questions.

Want to see a gross photo of Gene Simmons post-plastic surgery (pre-healing)? Don't say I didn't warn you.

I guess Chris Rock dropped in on SNL this weekend and it was actually pretty good. (Just watched it, and yes, it's actually funny and edgy.) You can get video here.

From Pop Candy: Jeopardy craziness! Rainn Wilson on his new movie! (He's 41?) And here's how John Cusack convinced Hillary Duff to be in his new movie.

A few more music, TV, movies and sports links after the jump, including a must-see blog from one of the NBA's craziest people:

Here's why Heroes' Mr. Muggles can't win an Emmy.

Scarlett Johansson will be in yet another Woody Allen movie, says here.

Stylus has a look at women in metal.

We began with college basketball, we end with pro basketball.

Kobe Bryant put up 50 points in consecutive games.

And you must read Gilbert Arenas' blog. It is mandatory.