SXSW 2014 – Day 1 SXSW 2014 – Day 1

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Ed. Note: In light of last night’s horrific events, we were seriously debating whether or not it would be appropriate to share a post here extolling the virtues of excess and the pressing assurance of rock and roll in these days of insecurity. We wondered if it might be best to leave it black with a few, spare and – likely – meaningless words of sympathy and regret. Two people are dead, for fuck’s sake…another score injured all because some drunk hit the manic switch, erring on the side of total destruction over…what? A night in jail? Two? It’s a senseless, wretched event that we managed to avoid by minutes and, for that, we feel extraordinarily fortunate.

And, of course, our thoughts and prayers and hearts are all set on those recovering, those now mourning but we refuse to let horror overwrite wonder and so, below, you’ll find some photos from Ben Irwin documenting a short glimmer of just how much incredible shit is happening in Austin this week. More will come, of course, from him and Charles and Sean and Maggie.

Now dig, if you will, his pictures.

Photos by Ben Irwin:



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