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SXSW 2013: Day Two In Photos

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    Karen O led the Yeah Yeah Yeahs through a set at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas that included songs from the band's new album, Mosquito.
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    Nick Cave started his set with the Bad Seeds at Stubb's as the sun was going down. He told the crowd before it started that the first song would be a long one, so it would be dark by the time it ended.
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    At the start of his set, Rapper Le1f's blond braids were in a bun, but they soon swung free.
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    Youth Lagoon, led by keyboard player and singer Trevor Powers, released its second album, Wondrous Bughouse, on March 5. The band played on the indoor stage at Stubb's in Austin, Texas.
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    Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield began her set at the indoor stage at Stubb's by strumming three songs alone on an electric guitar, before being joined by two band mates.
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    Ruben Albarran, the singer for Cafe Tacvba, leads the band through one of its rhythm-heavy, disco- and rock-inspired songs.
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    Zac Pennington barrels through the Red 7 crowd with Parenthetical Girls' confrontational, often jarring indie-pop.
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    With cozy boy/girl vocals over jangly dream-pop, Ex Cops' Amalie Bruun plays The Parish.
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    To quote Le1f on Twitter: "LOL @ all u musicians lugging around instruments and heavy metal cases on this plane to sxsw right now HAHA RAPPERS WIN AGAIN."
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    Sydney native Jonathan Boulet charms the audience at The Brew Exchange with his pummeling, percussion-filled set.
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    Sinister and driven by huge bass lines, the London-based post-punk band Savages, well, savages the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at The Main.
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    Framed by racks of bicycles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
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    Nice shades, dude. Jangly, organ-driven garage-rockers Allah-Las plays the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
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    Filled with a distorted urgency, Bleeding Rainbow bends notes and pummels the crowd at the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
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    Fader Fort attendees mellow out and sway ever-so-gently to the sweet, sweet psych-rock of Ducktails.

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    Arrayed in pink and blue hues, Sky Ferreira was a vision of neon electro-pop at The Fader Fort.
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    Are you dancing? Aussie dance-rockers Atlas Genius play the KCRW showcase at Haven.
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    Wrapped in cords, Toro y Moi plays the KCRW showcase at Haven.
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Before our eyes were glued to stellar performances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at our official SXSW showcase on Tuesday — not too mention rapper Le1f's amazing dance moves — we roamed the streets of Austin. We were accosted by the experimental pop of Parenthetical Girls and charmed by Jonathan Boulet's pummeling, percussion-filled set. See a gallery of photos by Adam Kissick here and follow us on Flickr for much, much more.

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