SXSW 18

SXSW OUTDOES ITSELF. AGAIN.
All photos by Kirk Stauffer

Photos: SXSW Portraits


Raine Landry of Merci Raines / Onstage performance on Day 5
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Whitney Rose / Onstage performance on Day 6
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Ariel Abshire / Onstage performance on Day 6
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Madison Malone / Onstage performance on Day 5
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Elise Trouw / Onstage performance on Day 4
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Lera Lynn / Onstage performance on Day 3
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Lucy Rose / Onstage performance on Day 6
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Pearl Charles / Onstage performance on Day 5
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Violetta Zironi / Onstage performance on Day 5
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Claudine Meinhardt / Onstage performance on Day 1
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Natalie Prass / Onstage performance on Day 3
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Katrina Cain of TOMKAT / Onstage performance on Day 1
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Jaimee Harris / Onstage performance on Day 1
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Kaela Sinclair / Onstage performance on Day 1
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Alice Phoebe Lou / Onstage performance on Day 1
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Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 6

SXSW week in Austin was coming to an end and Day 6 was the busiest with 15 performances – a third of them by local artists. It began with Jaimee Harris on Monday (Day 1) and concluded 67 shows later with Raye Zaragoza on Saturday (Day 6). One more installment will complete this year’s SXSW coverage … performers’ portraits taken during the six days.


Whitney Rose @ Threadgill’s / Texas / Day Party
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Ariel Abshire @ Southwest Invasion / Texas / Day Party
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Lucy Rose @ Latitude 30 / England / Day Party
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Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 5

California-based performers dominated Day 5 of SXSW 2018 – Cam, Madison Malone and Pearl Charles – plus Raine Landry and Violetta Zorini from Louisiana and Italy respectively. Portraits of four of these five to follow.


Cam @ Trinity Warehouse / California / Official Showcase
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Madison Malone @ Kebabalicious / California / Day Party

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Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 4

Day 4 of the six day SXSW 2018 music festival and we’re past the halfway point. Standouts were Elise Trouw, Gordi and Amy Shark. I also covered Amy Shark when she was in Seattle in early March. The Queensland, Australia singer-songwriter won 2 ARIA awards last year, and graced the cover of ELLE Australia‘s May ’18 issue as part of the publication’s rising stars cover editions. Fellow Australian, Gordi, released her second album with Jagjaguwar; American artist Trouw has her own label, Goober Records, where she released her debut in ’17.


Elise Trouw @ 800 Congress / California / Official Showcase
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Gordi @ Radio Day Stage / Australia / Official Showcase
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Amy Shark @ Container Bar / Australia / Day Party
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Photos: SXSW 2018 w/Bishop Briggs, Courtney Marie Andrews, Cloves & More

Although I wouldn’t know for sure until the music festival concluded on Sunday at 2am, Bishop Briggs was my Best New Find at SXSW 2018. Here she is, plus another 10 performances, including Liza Anne and Rebecca Loebe, on Day 3.


Bishop Briggs @ Aloft Hotel / California / Day Party
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Courtney Marie Andrews @ Palm Door on Sixth / Arizona / Official Showcase
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Cloves @ Empire Garage / Australia / Official Showcase
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Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 2 w/ Caitlyn Smith, Stella Donnelly, Nikki Lane & More

Day 2 at SXSW 2018, and the pace picks up. More day parties! More official showcases!


Caitlyn Smith @ The Gatsby / Minnesota / Official Showcase
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Stella Donnelly @ Lustre Pearl / Australia / Day Party
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Nikki Lane @ The Gatsby / Tennessee / Official Showcase
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Photos: SXSW 208 – Day 1 w/ Jade Bird, TOMKAT, Claudine Meinhard & More

Another one in the can – SXSW 2018! Six solid days of music – Monday to Saturday – nonstop each day from noon until 2am. Over 2000 artists from around the world descended in Austin and spread out to over 100 venues – and those are just the official show cases in the evening. During the day, most of those performers plus many hundreds of others, also played at the numerous day parties sponsored by companies in the music industry.

In my ninth consecutive year, I saw 67 performances, took 10K+ photos and did 15 portraits with artists. Rather than one large post for the complete festival, this year’s expanded coverage will have a post for each of the six days. There will also be a seventh post of portraits taken during week. Let’s begin with Day 1 …


Jade Bird @ Vivo House / England / Day Party

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Noah Cyrus @ Vivo House / California / Day Party

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Katrina Cain of TOMKAT @ Sidewinder Inside / Texas / Official Showcase

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Claudine Meinhardt @ Cheers Shot Bar / Texas / Day Party

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