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SXSW 2016: Photos Of The Week

  • Vince Staples headlined our SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ. NPR Music has presented the opening night party at the venue for eight years.
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    Vince Staples headlined our SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ. NPR Music has presented the opening night party at the venue for eight years.
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  • Crowd surfing to Vince Staples at Stubb's.
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    Crowd surfing to Vince Staples at Stubb's.
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  • At our SXSW showcase, Mitski's songs rang out in feedback-riddled heartbreak and quiet desperation.
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    At our SXSW showcase, Mitski's songs rang out in feedback-riddled heartbreak and quiet desperation.
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  • Anderson .Paak blended modern hip-hop and classic soul timelessly at our showcase.
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    Anderson .Paak blended modern hip-hop and classic soul timelessly at our showcase.
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  • Charles Bradley showed us why he's called the "Screaming Eagle of Soul."
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    Charles Bradley showed us why he's called the "Screaming Eagle of Soul."
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  • There's a reason you get in line early for our SXSW showcase.
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    There's a reason you get in line early for our SXSW showcase.
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  • The rising country artist Margo Price gave our showcase a whisky-soaked kick in the pants.
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    The rising country artist Margo Price gave our showcase a whisky-soaked kick in the pants.
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  • Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman balances guitar and keys at our showcase.
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    Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman balances guitar and keys at our showcase.
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  • Musical chameleon Charli XCX brought pop music deviant SOPHIE to the SXSW showcase at Stubb's.
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    Musical chameleon Charli XCX brought pop music deviant SOPHIE to the SXSW showcase at Stubb's.
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  • HEALTH's noise-rock has gotten far dancier in recent years, but no less loud. The band played Hype Hotel.
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    HEALTH's noise-rock has gotten far dancier in recent years, but no less loud. The band played Hype Hotel.
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  • This could be us, but it's not. It's Rae Sremmurd at the Fader Fort.
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    This could be us, but it's not. It's Rae Sremmurd at the Fader Fort.
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  • Deftones played SXSW for the first time this year. Maybe they knew about Drake's surprise show, but the metal band covered "Hotline Bling" during its set for Spin's day party.
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    Deftones played SXSW for the first time this year. Maybe they knew about Drake's surprise show, but the metal band covered "Hotline Bling" during its set for Spin's day party.
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  • Alex Luciano strikes a pose during Diet Cig's set at the Hype Hotel on Tuesday at SXSW 2016.
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    Alex Luciano strikes a pose during Diet Cig's set at the Hype Hotel on Tuesday at SXSW 2016.
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  • Don't let Bleached's poppy punk fool you: Jennifer Clavin will crush you.
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    Don't let Bleached's poppy punk fool you: Jennifer Clavin will crush you.
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  • Sheer Mag's Christina Halladay owned the stage at Hotel Vegas in East Austin.
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    Sheer Mag's Christina Halladay owned the stage at Hotel Vegas in East Austin.
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  • Trevor Johanson of the St. Louis progressive thrash metal band Black Fast mugs for the camera.
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    Trevor Johanson of the St. Louis progressive thrash metal band Black Fast mugs for the camera.
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  • Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry mid-hairwhip at Stubb's for Spin's day party.
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    Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry mid-hairwhip at Stubb's for Spin's day party.
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  • Brittany Holljes of Delta Rae let the music wash over her at the band's Easy Tiger set.
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    Brittany Holljes of Delta Rae let the music wash over her at the band's Easy Tiger set.
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  • It's not a party without four guitars raised in rock salute. Diarrhea Planet played Little Woodrow's way ahead of the band's new album, Turn To Gold, which is out in June.
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    It's not a party without four guitars raised in rock salute. Diarrhea Planet played Little Woodrow's way ahead of the band's new album, Turn To Gold, which is out in June.
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  • English-Albanian singer Dua Lipa hypnotized at her Hype Hotel show.
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    English-Albanian singer Dua Lipa hypnotized at her Hype Hotel show.
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  • Le1f, ever the enterainer, at the Hype Hotel with sweet moves.
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    Le1f, ever the enterainer, at the Hype Hotel with sweet moves.
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  • Sylvan Esso performed new material at SXSW.
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    Sylvan Esso performed new material at SXSW.
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  • Judy Collins and Ari Hest played a stirring set at Central Presbyterian Church.
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    Judy Collins and Ari Hest played a stirring set at Central Presbyterian Church.
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  • North London rapper Little Simz telling us how it is at Barracuda.
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    North London rapper Little Simz telling us how it is at Barracuda.
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  • The street performer game has entered its Jheri curl phase in Austin.
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    The street performer game has entered its Jheri curl phase in Austin.
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  • Nobody told the Queens hardcore band Show Me The Body that the banjo isn't hardcore, but its brutally heavy set proved otherwise.
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    Nobody told the Queens hardcore band Show Me The Body that the banjo isn't hardcore, but its brutally heavy set proved otherwise.
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  • SOPHIE's Samuel Long looked fab while making deliriously alien pop music.
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    SOPHIE's Samuel Long looked fab while making deliriously alien pop music.
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  • Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys with the hairwhip of the week at Cheer Up Charlie's.
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    Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys with the hairwhip of the week at Cheer Up Charlie's.
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  • Clad in kimonos, WaggakiBand combined traditional Japanese instruments with metal-inspired songs for a wild set.
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    Clad in kimonos, WaggakiBand combined traditional Japanese instruments with metal-inspired songs for a wild set.
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  • Riley Gale of hardcore thrashers Power Trip in the throngs of headbanging.
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    Riley Gale of hardcore thrashers Power Trip in the throngs of headbanging.
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  • Producer John Congleton played a twisted and inventive set on Friday.
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    Producer John Congleton played a twisted and inventive set on Friday.
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  • Before a huge crowd at BBC Music's showcase, the iconic Loretta Lynn interspersed classics like "Fist City" with songs from her new album, Full Circle.
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    Before a huge crowd at BBC Music's showcase, the iconic Loretta Lynn interspersed classics like "Fist City" with songs from her new album, Full Circle.
    Adam Kissick for NPR
  • Oh, nothing, just a cute dog celebrating St. Patrick's Day on the streets of Austin.
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    Oh, nothing, just a cute dog celebrating St. Patrick's Day on the streets of Austin.
    Adam Kissick for NPR
  • R&B trio KING lived up to its name at Barracuda.
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    R&B trio KING lived up to its name at Barracuda.
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  • The gnarly, punky and funky brass band Lucky Chops played Empire Control Room.
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    The gnarly, punky and funky brass band Lucky Chops played Empire Control Room.
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  • Culling from punk and noise, the L.A.-based hip-hop group Ho99o9 stirred the Belmont into a frenzy.
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    Culling from punk and noise, the L.A.-based hip-hop group Ho99o9 stirred the Belmont into a frenzy.
    Adam Kissick for NPR
  • White Lung's Mish Way led us in a frenetic punk service at Cheer Up Charlie's.
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    White Lung's Mish Way led us in a frenetic punk service at Cheer Up Charlie's.
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  • Pop alchemist D∆WN owned Hype Hotel on Thursday.
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    Pop alchemist D∆WN owned Hype Hotel on Thursday.
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  • Miya Folick's gnarled guitars sweetly contrasted with gorgeous synths.
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    Miya Folick's gnarled guitars sweetly contrasted with gorgeous synths.
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  • Rusty Kelley channels the hardcore-punk of Total Abuse into his face at Hotel Vegas.
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    Rusty Kelley channels the hardcore-punk of Total Abuse into his face at Hotel Vegas.
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  • Reid Bateh kneels before his pedals for post-punk band Bambara's set at Volstead Lounge.
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    Reid Bateh kneels before his pedals for post-punk band Bambara's set at Volstead Lounge.
    Adam Kissick for NPR
  • Brooklyn fuzz-pop band Beverly graced the Volstead Lounge with its syrup-sweet harmonies.
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    Brooklyn fuzz-pop band Beverly graced the Volstead Lounge with its syrup-sweet harmonies.
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  • It's not a PWR BTTM show without ridiculous finger tapping, glitter and kick-drum-mounts.
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    It's not a PWR BTTM show without ridiculous finger tapping, glitter and kick-drum-mounts.
    Adam Kissick for NPR

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Amid the mess of heat, rain and tacos, there was a rich gallery of motion and color at the SXSW music festival. Here are the most stunning images of the week from photographer Adam Kissick and our own Bob Boilen.

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