I am really fortunate to be returning to Austin for the third year in a row as an Austin SXSW Photographer. I look forward to my time at SXSW every year with great anticipation. It’s quickly stolen away a spot in my heart as my favorite music festival. Every year, I return home with a list of amazing previously unheard of bands to listen to. My number one goal for any music festival is to seek out new artists and SXSW provides like no other!
During my time at the event, I spend most of it photographing events that sponsors pay for like super fun happy hours put on by film and production companies, opening parties for the Tech Fest, and end of the event awards shows. In between, I get to run around photographing side events and discovering new music. Oh, and eating lots of tacos.
Now, it is the fate of every professional photographer, I think, that your clients come first and as such, I actually didn’t really take a very good look at any of my personal photos from SXSW until last week (and still, that’s a debatable statement). For the record: I highly regret not even culling them last year! Running through the images quickly was an insurmountable feat and I’m sure I missed some that I love, but, well, it’s probably a lost cause now because I’m flying to Austin today for this year’s event.
Here’s a quick selection of images from SXSW 2014 to hold you over until I return from this year’s event! I am hereby declaring to the internets that I will not leave my photos untouched for an entire year this time.
Lauren Lindley is a destination wedding, commercial and event photographer that services the Greater Austin area during SXSW. She is available for freelance event photography in the area from Thursday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 24th.
For the 7th year in a row, I present my annual Best Music of 2014 album wrap-up. I had a super busy year and unfortunately, didn’t get to listen to as much new music as I normally do. I need a better system for cataloging new music finds and marking them to listen to now that I work from home. Equally perplexing, my Amazon account was hacked more than two weeks ago and now I can’t login and buy new music even if I wanted to! In case you are wondering what you missed in the last year, in keeping with my traditional rating system, here are my faves:
Super awesome and by far my favorite
Alt J – This is All Yours
Black English (formerly NO) – NO (formerly El Prado)
Phantogram – Voices
Shakey Graves – And the War Came
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Phantogram at Snowglobe Music Festival
Still pretty awesome
Beck – Morning Phase
Misterwives – Reflections EP
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Jack White – Lazaretto
Voyage – De Lux
Black English (NO) at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.
Kind of awesome
Lilly Allen – Sheezus
Gina Chavez – Up.Rooted
Foxygen – …And Star Power
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Foxygen at SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX.
things that are on my amazon.com wish list that are supposed to be awesome but I haven’t bought yet
Alvvays – Alvvays
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Previous best of lists
Welcome to Snowglobe! Day 2 of Snowglobe 2014 was the best day of the entire event. “But Lauren,” you might say, “the festival isn’t over yet.” Or perhaps, “slow your roll, girl, and save some for New Years!” All things being said, I firmly stand behind my statement. If you missed Phantogram’s dark glorious set filled with cold breathy vocals from Sarah Barthel and the lush disco heavy beats of Classixx, then my friend, you sorely missed out. There is no way that anything that happens today can compare to the awesomeness of yesterday. Fact.
Today is the last and final day of Snowglobe Music Festival. There are more photos from last night’s event below, along with my recommendations of who to catch on the last day of the festival while you ring in the New Year! Single day tickets for New Year’s Eve are sold out but the schedule is available on their website.
- Cherub: Main Stage, 5:00-6:00. Sexy electro-pop duo that is guaranteed to produce a high energy dance party. The Nashville, TN based members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance. For fans of: MGMT, Milky Chance, Capital Cities.
- Slaptop: Sierra Tent, 5:15-6:15. Groovy disco house beats for everyone who loves the warmth of dancing in the California sun. For fans of: Voyage, Chromeo, Amtrac.
- Atmosphere: Main Stage, 9:30-10:30. I am a huge fan of Atmosphere. The duo is always a joy to photograph and I’m looking froward to another great time with them on the stage riling the crowd up with their infectious blend of spoken word, stories and hip-hop. The duo from Minneapolis comprised of Sean Daley, otherwise known as Slug, and DJ/Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis. For fans of: Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock
Welcome to Snowglobe! Day 1 was an absolute blast, though mild in temps with bluebird skies. Attendees: be prepared for colder weather today! The forecast is calling for a cold and mostly dry Arctic storm with temps in the low teens tonight and snow showers. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival. Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.
- OVERWERK: Sierra Tent, 3:30-4:30. Canadian producer and songwriter Edmond Huszar combines dramatic, orchestral passages with electro house. For fans of: Daft Punk, Justice, Wolfgang Gartner.
- Snakehips: Main Stage, 4:00-5:15. With some skillful production and booty shaking remixing, this young duo takes classic R&B and hip-hop and repurposes it in the most delightful of ways. For fans of: Star Slinger, Curtis Mayfield, Disclosure.
- Phantogram: Main Stage, 5:40-6:40. Phantogram has had a stand-out year. Critical acclaim resounded from all sides for their new album Voices, which has already taken up prominent positions on almost every “Best Of” Music List of 2014. Their blend of danceable electronic pop is percussive heavy and sure to keep even the coldest of Snowglobe festival goers warm from intense dancing. For fans of: Memory Tapes, Sleigh Bells, STRFCKR, the xx.
If you get hungry, make sure to grab a bowl of White Guy Pad Thai! In veggie or chicken options, it’s warm, filling and amazing!
Photos from Day 1 of Snowglobe Music Fest
Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets and VIP passes are still available. While Scrillex and Zedd may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, my heart is overjoyed to see Phantogram and Atmosphere rounding out the line-up.
Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest:
- If you’re coming from the Bay Area, you can catch a shuttle from the west coast to Tahoe via RYDE. With multiple shuttles leaving various Bay Area locations, it’s the best way to get to Tahoe stress free to ring in the New Year. If you fly into Reno, just hop on the South Tahoe Express for easy access to the Tahoe casino corridor.
- Dress warm: snowsuits optional. Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store. You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.
- Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.
- Don’t forget to explore. In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists. Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork on the graffiti wall that Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill will be creating and expanding upon over the course of the three days.
- Be prepared early. You can pick up your snowglobe wristband at the Snowglobe Box Office in Montbleu starting on Saturday, December 27th. Mobile charging lockers are coming to Snowglobe for the first time this year: reserve your locker for the weekend now!
There is one simple reason that you should never skip the opening band at a show, even when you’ve never heard of them: because WASHBOARDS.
And what I mean by this is that you may be missing out on the coolest, most unexpected thing you’ve ever heard.
In this case, it was a Zydeco band opening for Sammy Hagar.
Would I have ever expected a Zydeco band to open for Sammy Hagar? No. Would you? Unless you are privy to some secret I’m not aware of, my guess for that is also no.
Andre Thierry is a killer Zydeco Band based out of none other than neighboring San Francisco and I can promise you I’ll make sure to keep them on my radar from here on out. It was such a treat to get a taste of New Orleans before I photographed Sammy Hagar. I spent half the three allotted songs in the photo pit dancing instead of taking photos.
FYI Austin Texas, they’ll be playing at the Blue Moon Bar and Grill on August 29th.
I am SO stoked on my photos from Rascal Flatts this year vs my photos from last year. I came away from the 2013 Rascal Flatts show with quite a few awesome images from the Band Perry, but none that I was overjoyed with from the headliner. This year, the opposite is true. Sheryl Crow, who opened for Rascal Flatts, required us to shoot from front of house, which is a nicer sounding way of saying we have to be at the sound booth. I won’t be sharing any of her images on my site or blog, due to contract restrictions, but it doesn’t matter because I don’t like them anyways.
There are so many killer Rascal Flatts images to share though. This one, however, takes the cake.
BLUE STEEL FOR THE WIN.