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SXSW: Images from around Austin on the first day of music

March 18, 2009 |  5:32 pm


There are many sights and sounds at South by Southwest. And although we will get back to discussing the sounds shortly, considering that we now find ourselves on the first official night of SXSW being a music festival, we couldn't resist taking in the sights as well.

Lady in nude leggings, we're talking about you.


Japanese punkers, Peelander-Z we're looking at you too.

More photos after the jump...


Three years ago the New York gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello sang "Start Wearing Purple" across the street from these gentlemen at Emo's. It's nice to see that they got the memo.


Tip for those trying to spread the word about their bands through fliers on poles: Be like the Air Force and aim high.


His and her porta-potties have popped up along 6th Street.


The motto of Austin is "Keep Austin Weird." Here we have a Hare Krishna gentleman talking about religion to a hippie as a colorful outfit behind the pair prepares to rock.


The Jackalope gets lots of love from even the sober.


Give the drummer some (help).


Far more beer trucks than water trucks are being spotted on the main drag.


And, finally, a lovely woman with uncomfortable shoes wearing an LA Weekly T-shirt. Everyone seems to be having fun today. Now back to the music.

-- Tony Pierce

Photos: Tony Pierce