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SXSW 2013: Day Four In Photos

  • Queen stance: Solange at Stubb's Spin Magazine party.
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    Queen stance: Solange at Stubb's Spin Magazine party.
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  • Furiously fast hardcore band Baptists pounding The Junior at the The Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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    Furiously fast hardcore band Baptists pounding The Junior at the The Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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  • She prefers brains, but accepts breakfast burritos.
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    She prefers brains, but accepts breakfast burritos.
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  • With swirling guitar solos over motorik rhythms, Toy plays the The Main for The Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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    With swirling guitar solos over motorik rhythms, Toy plays the The Main for The Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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  • Batillus' concrete-slab-heavy doom metal levels The Junior for the Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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    Batillus' concrete-slab-heavy doom metal levels The Junior for the Brooklyn Vegan Party.
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  • Parquet Courts' penchant for Television and other '80s post-punk bands that you discover in college or at the record store is endearing, but ultimately, the four young chaps' set at Stubb's makes you want to pick up your own guitar.
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    Parquet Courts' penchant for Television and other '80s post-punk bands that you discover in college or at the record store is endearing, but ultimately, the four young chaps' set at Stubb's makes you want to pick up your own guitar.
    Adam Kissick for NPR
  • Sporting a studded leather jacket and a rainbow guitar strap, Diamond Rings' John O'Regan (center) glams and glums out The Main.
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    Sporting a studded leather jacket and a rainbow guitar strap, Diamond Rings' John O'Regan (center) glams and glums out The Main.
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  • Atlanta's Trinidad James shows us his vertical leap at Stubb's.
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    Atlanta's Trinidad James shows us his vertical leap at Stubb's.
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  • Reach out and touch someone.
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    Reach out and touch someone.
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  • Rapper Kendrick Lamar is rather ubiquitous at SXSW this year, and here performs at Stubb's for the Spin Magazine Party.
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    Rapper Kendrick Lamar is rather ubiquitous at SXSW this year, and here performs at Stubb's for the Spin Magazine Party.
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  • The light, sparkling pop music of No Ceremony/// is like a dance party for one in your bedroom... or at least solo dance parties at the Red 7.
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    The light, sparkling pop music of No Ceremony/// is like a dance party for one in your bedroom... or at least solo dance parties at the Red 7.
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  • We're pretty sure that Papa loves The Band and that's fine by us. Here, they play Red Eyed Fly for the After the Goldrush Party.
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    We're pretty sure that Papa loves The Band and that's fine by us. Here, they play Red Eyed Fly for the After the Goldrush Party.
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  • From the land down under, gleeful dance-pop sextet Alpine plays Red 7.
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    From the land down under, gleeful dance-pop sextet Alpine plays Red 7.
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  • It's easy to bliss out to the moody pop music of Gliss at Mellow Johnny's for the KEXP showcase.
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    It's easy to bliss out to the moody pop music of Gliss at Mellow Johnny's for the KEXP showcase.
    Dave Lichterman for KEXP
  • Now including Wild Flag keyboardist Rebecca Cole, Telekinesis fleshes out its drum-driven pop at the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
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    Now including Wild Flag keyboardist Rebecca Cole, Telekinesis fleshes out its drum-driven pop at the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
    Dave Lichterman for KEXP
  • Turn it up! Experimental psych-rock band Suuns plays the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
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    Turn it up! Experimental psych-rock band Suuns plays the KEXP showcase at Mellow Johnny's.
    Dave Lichterman for KEXP
  • The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, performs at the Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center.
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    The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, performs at the Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center.
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  • Erykah Badu (left) joins Robert Glasper of the Robert Glasper Experiment for some R&B-drenched jazz at Sonos Studio.
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    Erykah Badu (left) joins Robert Glasper of the Robert Glasper Experiment for some R&B-drenched jazz at Sonos Studio.
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  • Noisy post-punk trio Metz is never not playing SXSW.
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    Noisy post-punk trio Metz is never not playing SXSW.
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  • Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013.
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    Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013.
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  • Submissive Unicorn is your new band name.
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    Submissive Unicorn is your new band name.
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  • Immortal Guardian brings ridiculous power metal — dungeons, dragons, and all — to the streets — 6th Street, to be specific.
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    Immortal Guardian brings ridiculous power metal — dungeons, dragons, and all — to the streets — 6th Street, to be specific.
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  • So this is awesome: Usher joins The Afghan Whigs at The Fader Fort for a cover his steamy slow jam, "Climax."
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    So this is awesome: Usher joins The Afghan Whigs at The Fader Fort for a cover his steamy slow jam, "Climax."
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  • Another shot of Solange at Stubb's because, hey, that's a statue in the making.
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    Another shot of Solange at Stubb's because, hey, that's a statue in the making.
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You can depend on Solange to be the best dressed anywhere — that pink suit! — but her commanding live presence at SXSW is a thing of wonder, even if her funky R&B can be quiet and unassuming. We also took in the crushing doom metal of Batillus, spazzed out to Metz, and got gloomy with Diamond Rings. And file this under Unexpected Guests: Usher got onstage with The Afghan Whigs during a of cover of "Climax." Really. See a gallery of photos here and follow us on Flickr for much, much more.

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