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Music rolls through rainy South By weekend

Music rolls through rainy South By weekend

Music rolls through rainy South By weekend
March 24
00:51 2015

Edward Balusek & Caitlyn Jones / Visuals Editor & Editor-In-Chief

Meshing sounds of guitars and vocals with the smells of grilling meat and a certain illegal plant suffocated the airwaves in downtown Austin for the South by Southwest music, film and interactive festival.

More than 45,000 acts were booked, ranging from the ambient and robotronic to rambunctious thrashing and casual folk for its 28th year, supporting Austin’s claim as the live music capital of the world.

The Austin-American Statesman wrote that the festival was quieter than last year, crediting the much-needed rain that fell on Saturday and Sunday for suppressing the attendance.

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Street musicians jam out with saxophones and five gallon buckets on the closed intersection at Trinity and 6th Streets.

A year after a tragic drunk driving accident that injured 23 and killed two during last year’s festival, the Department of Public Safety beefed up security by bringing state troopers from areas outside of Austin like Waxahachie and Killeen. It was the first time that troopers from outside of Austin were hired to police the festival.

Though SXSW was seen as slightly timid from a year ago, artists relentlessly melted faces with shredding licks and no one was run over. You can put another tally in the win column for the world-renowned music town.

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A festival attendee snaps a picture of experimental artist Julianna Barwick, left, at Parish bar on 6th Street. Her music consists of looped vocals and electronic sounds.

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Sam Outlaw removes his cowboy hat and sings a song about his mother at Swan Dive on Red River St. Outlaw and his band are from L.A. and was invited to play a showcase with bands from Canada. 

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 Hundreds of festival goers walk up and down 6th Street. There were impromptu rap sessions, marching bands and numerous food vendors that flooded the downtown area during the music weekend of South by Southwest.

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 Denton artist Doug Burr places his guitar on his lap and uses a metal slide during his show at Maggie Mae’s.

Featured Image: Ayron Jones of AJ and The Way crowd surfs while shredding the final solo of the band’s last song at The Blind Pig Pub. The band played at 35 Denton, then SXSW and back to Denton for a show at Dan’s Silverleaf last night.

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