The past week at SXSW has been a wild ride, packed with tacos, jean shorts, and fresh music from around the world. We searched Austin far and wide to find a little something for everyone. Polished pop came courtesy of Marina and the Diamonds, Christine and the Queens, and Stromae; a compellingly unhinged set from rapper Heems showed the spontaneous side of SXSW.
Sunny, crunchy vibes from acts like Cobalt Cranes, and Palma Violets, complimented the Texas weather, and the relentless energy of Kero Kero Bonito, Diarrhea Planet, Spring King, and Iceage erased any concerns about festival fatigue. Emotionally piercing artists Mitski and Years & Years were devastating standouts in the midst of the weeklong battle of the bands, and it would be amiss to not mention the party-starting talents of Skylar Spence and Shamir, whose forthcoming material is now even more anticipated. Below, check out a series of photos from the week and listen to an accompanying Spotify playlist.
Courtney Barnett, Red 7, March 16.
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Red 7, March 16
East India Youth, Red 7, March 16.
Real Estate, Red 7, March 16.
Cobalt Cranes, Hotel Vegas, March 17.
The Gooch Palms, Hotel Vegas, March 17.
et aliae, Parish Underground, March 18.
Kero Kero Bonito, Parish Underground, March 18.
Stromae, The FADER Fort, March 18.
Yumi Zouma, Parish Underground, March 18.
Jamaican Queens, Spider House Ballroom, March 19.
QT, The FADER Fort, March 19.
Shamir, The FADER Fort, March 19.
Mitski, The Main, March 20.
Christine and the Queens, Empire Garage, March 21.
Diarrhea Planet, Empire Garage, March 21.
Iceage, Red 7, March 21.
Marina and the Diamonds, Empire Garage, March 21.