The Grit And Glam Of SXSW In 18 Photos

Featuring Solange, Saba, and the rest of our favorites from SXSW.

By TrackRecord Mar 20, 2017
Photo by Elea Franco
Photo by Elea Franco

And we're back—the TrackRecord team has returned from the SXSW 2017 Music Festival (our first time!).

We spent the week talking to our favorite up-and-coming artists who stopped by SXSW (Jay Som, Stef Chura, Lisa Prank, and many more—videos to come), standing in long lines for sweaty shows (Solange's was by far the longest, and most worth it), and wandering Austin's 6th Street in search of a decent slice of pizza (slim pickings, Austin's more of a Tex Mex town—but Roppolo's did the trick).

We lived, we laughed, we loved—it was crazy and sleepless and worth it. And our first day back in the office, we kind of miss it! But not enough to start thinking about planning our trip for next year’s SXSW for a few months (although, if you’re serious about going, the time to book your hotel, truly, is right now).

To tide you over until SXSW 2018, get an eye-full of these shots of our favorite sets—we saw Saba and Solange, Diet Cig and !!!, and snapped a photo of Daryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels in a moment where which he was not actually flying out of his chair, reciting the rhymes he grew up with as he shared intimate details about his childhood and career, during an intimate sit-down with Hard Knock TV’s Nick Huff at SXSW.

All photos by Elea Franco.

sxsw-saba-1
Saba performs at SoundCloud's showcase, held at Frank's Coin Laundry.

sxsw-saba-2

sxsw-rome
Rome at Frank's Coin Laundry.

sxsw-chk
Nic Offer, lead singer of !!! (pronounced chk-chk-chk), takes the stage at Maggie Maes.

sxsw-chk-2

sxsw-solange-1
Solange headlines the first night of the YouTube showcase at Coppertank.

sxsw-solange-green

sxsw-solange-2

sxsw-dietcig-1
Alex Luciano (of Diet Cig) on guitar and vocals at SoundCloud's party at the Twitter house.

sxsw-dietcig-2

sxsw-jain
French singer-songwriter JAIN at the RCA showcase.

sxsw-temples-1
Dream pop band Temples at the Austin Convention Center.

sxsw-temples-2

sxsw-temples-3

sxsw-dmc
DMC talks about his memoir in a panel at SXSW.

sxsw-residente-1
Puerto Rican rapper Residente, Thursday's headliner at the SXSW outdoor stage, at rehearsal.

sxsw-residente-2
Residente on the SXSW outdoor stage Thursday night.

sxsw-residente-3
iLe Cabra Joglar performs Thursday night at the Townsend.