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Amid the throng

There are plenty of bands worth seeing in Texas, really

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This is a trip around one of the quieter blocks at the center of South by Southwest, just as the party started roaring. See how many bands you can hear and how many conversations you can catch. If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player.

Menomena performs at the Beauty Bar patio on the first day of SXSW. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
The Moaners, of Chapel Hill, perform at the Continental Club. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
Yes, that is Booker T. and the M.G.'s. They played Antone's in celebration of Stax Records' 50th anniversary. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
  • Photo by Derek Anderson
  • Yes, that is Booker T. and the M.G.'s. They played Antone's in celebration of Stax Records' 50th anniversary.
The Rosebuds, Raleigh's darlings of the festival, perform at Antone's. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
The Austin duo of Foot Patrol sings only about foot fetishes. Singing in the middle of the street, they stood out. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
  • Photo by Derek Anderson
  • The Austin duo of Foot Patrol sings only about foot fetishes. Singing in the middle of the street, they stood out.
Spoon was the surprise guest during Merge's SXSW showcase at Antone's Wednesday. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
Durham's anthemic punks Red Collar sweat it out during a performance at the Dirty Dog. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
EL-P during performs in his prisoner's jumpsuit at Emo's five days before his new album is released. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
  • Photo by Derek Anderson
  • EL-P during performs in his prisoner's jumpsuit at Emo's five days before his new album is released.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform inside a big tent during the last night of SXSW. Revival, anyone? - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
  • Photo by Derek Anderson
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform inside a big tent during the last night of SXSW. Revival, anyone?
David Yow got a bit violent onstage with his new band, Qui, at a Vice party. Twilight felt all right. - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
  • Photo by Derek Anderson
  • David Yow got a bit violent onstage with his new band, Qui, at a Vice party. Twilight felt all right.

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