The Badgeless Scenes of SXSW:Levi's/Fader Fort, Blue Sky Studio, French Legation Museum and More

Major Lazer with Skerrit Bwoy at Jelly's Carniville
Major Lazer with Skerrit Bwoy at Jelly's Carniville

Our resident ninja photog Rebecca Smeyne spent her time at South By Southwest exploring the festival's badgeless margins--the shows anybody with a little creativity and a lot of patience could attend. From the party for Death + Taxes Magazine where No Age and Japandroids played, to the Cinders Gallery installation at OK Mountain to a random show on a random porch, she managed to catch things even the rest of us who were there didn't experience. Her photos from Austin, which aren't quite like anything else we've seen from the festival, are below.

White Mice's gear loading in at OK Mountain
White Mice's gear loading in at OK Mountain
Blue Sky Studio, an art space in East Austin which hosted around 60 bands
Blue Sky Studio, an art space in East Austin which hosted around 60 bands
all photos by Rebecca Smeyne
The sheriff tells Ty Segall it's closing time during his set at the KVRX party
The sheriff tells Ty Segall it's closing time during his set at the KVRX party
Les Savy Fav
Les Savy Fav
JEFF the Brotherhood at the Panache Booking party
JEFF the Brotherhood at the Panache Booking party
Brahms at the Billions party
Brahms at the Billions party
Diamond Rings at the Death and Taxes Party
Diamond Rings at the Death and Taxes Party
A random show on someone's front porch
A random show on someone's front porch
New Orleans Bounce star DJ Jubilee
New Orleans Bounce star DJ Jubilee

 

A 3am Tyvek set at Blue Sky
A 3am Tyvek set at Blue Sky
Lullabye Arkestra in a tattoo shop parking lot
Lullabye Arkestra in a tattoo shop parking lot
Thurston Moore performed a solo set at Other Music's party at the French Legation Museum
Thurston Moore performed a solo set at Other Music's party at the French Legation Museum
Random local party in an auto-parts garage behind someone's house (they recruited guests from the line at the Dickies' party next door).
Random local party in an auto-parts garage behind someone's house (they recruited guests from the line at the Dickies' party next door).
Austin's Sunset at Blue Sky Studio
Austin's Sunset at Blue Sky Studio
The Showpaper wall at Ms. Bea's
The Showpaper wall at Ms. Bea's
The Very Best at Jelly's Carniville
The Very Best at Jelly's Carniville
Total Slacker at the Impose Party
Total Slacker at the Impose Party

 

Scene from the Levi's/Fader Fort
Scene from the Levi's/Fader Fort
Major Lazer at Jelly's Carniville
Major Lazer at Jelly's Carniville
No Age at the Death and Taxes Party
No Age at the Death and Taxes Party
Teengirl Fantasy at Ms. Bea's
Teengirl Fantasy at Ms. Bea's
Major Lazer at Jelly's Carniville
Major Lazer at Jelly's Carniville
Afterparty at a ranch outside Austin with DJs Salem, the XX, and Holy Fuck
Afterparty at a ranch outside Austin with DJs Salem, the XX, and Holy Fuck
Aa at the KVRX party
Aa at the KVRX party
Teenage Cool Kids at the KVRX party
Teenage Cool Kids at the KVRX party

 

Dum Dum Girls at the Gorilla vs. Bear party
Dum Dum Girls at the Gorilla vs. Bear party
Hatred Surge at the KVRX party
Hatred Surge at the KVRX party
Japandroids at the Death and Taxes Party
Japandroids at the Death and Taxes Party
Pierced Arrows at Other Music's party at the French Legation Museum
Pierced Arrows at Other Music's party at the French Legation Museum
YACHT at Mess With Texas (MWTX) fest
YACHT at Mess With Texas (MWTX) fest
The Very Best at Jelly's Carniville
The Very Best at Jelly's Carniville

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