16 Portraits of the Artists From SXSW 2013

Photos of Brendan Benson, Robyn Hitchcock, Lucius, Nataly Dawn, Ra Ra Riot, Toro Y Moi and more.

For the past five days in Austin, Texas, more than 2,000 artists performed at hundreds of venues as part of this year’s South by Southwest shindig. The massive annual event (where everybody, it seems, has something to sell) can be frantic and overwhelming for performers and attendees alike. This year Mother Jones contributor Jacob Blickenstaff set out to slow things down long enough to shoot portraits of roughly 30 artists—in local streets, hotel lobbies, front porches, and backstages—representing a mix of new, established, and veteran talent taking part in SXSW. We’re serving ’em up in two batches. Here’s part one. (Part two, featuring Jim James, Shovels and Rope, Eric Burdon and more, is here.)

Brendan Benson, outside the Embassy Suites hotel. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Lucius, backstage at “South by San Jose,” San Jose Hotel. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot at La Quinta Inn. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi (Chaz Bundick) backstage at Red 7. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Garrett Lebeau

Garrett Lebeau, East Austin. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff



Anamanaguchi with pedicab driver, East 6th Street. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano (second from left) with band, outside Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Spain (band)

Spain at Brass House. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Dana Falconberry and The Liberty.

Dana Falconberry (third from left) with band, The Liberty. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Catherine McCandless

Catherine McCandless of Young Galaxy at Waller Creek. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Nataly Dawn

Nataly Dawn, 6th Street. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock at The Main. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Max Gomez

Max Gomez behind Threadgill’s. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside in Austin

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside near the Four Seasons. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff


You Won't in Austin

You Won’t on South Congress Street. (Listen.) Jacob Blickenstaff

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