Came for the Tacos, Stayed for the Bands: SXSW 2018 Diary

 

by Natalie Leonard & Rachel Cabitt

 

This year at SXSW we did more than just drink margaritas, eat tacos, and listen to bands, we had a party too. Away from the usual chaos of the festival, we hosted our first SXSW showcase in the oasis of a backyard at a house in East Austin with nine of our favorite bands: Gnarcissists, Navy Gangs, Barrie, Big White, BOYTOY, Vundabar, The Britanys, The Muckers and Honduras. The sun was hot as heck, but we had a few Lone Stars and PBRs to keep us going as well as tacos sold outside the kitchen window. See what we got up to and all the pretty faces, old and new, that graced us while in Austin.

 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Sweet Lindsey of Siren Sounds (our knight in shining armor when planning this showcase) making a sign to hang on the front of the house.

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 

Gnarcissists

Every set they play, the venue asks them to not come back. Follow these animals on Instagram to keep up with their shenanigans.

 
 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Matt chillin'.

 
 
 

Navy Gangs

Originally hailing from the Midwest, these New York bad boys will keep you rockin' until the mornin'. Look out for new music on the way on their Instagram and Facebook.

 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Wilson and Noah of Navy Gangs singing into each other's souls.

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 

Molly of Uma Bloo and her manager Julia after Molly played a set at the New Guild Co-Op. 

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Gnarcissists usually shotgun a beer or two on stage at their shows, SX brought the beer bong out instead. 

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 

Barrie

These babes only formed a few months ago and have only released one single but are already MTV's favorites. Keep up with them on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 

Spurge and Noah of Barrie hiding in the shade.

 
 

Big White

They came all the way from down under to party with us <3 Keep up with them while they're across the world on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo Kings, Mike and Cooper.

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 

BOYTOY

Get you a band that dresses up as Britney for Halloween and still kicks ass. Try and keep up with them on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Queens of SX, Brooklyn's very own BOYTOY

 
 
 

Vundabar

These goofs have come a long way since playing our CMJ show back in 2015. You can find their newly released album Smell Smoke and upcoming tour dates on Instagram and Facebook

 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 

The Britanys

Fun fact: these heartthrobs were our first music feature on POND. Now they're breaking hearts all over the U.K. Oh how they grow up so fast. Find them on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

SX clearly wore out Steele since all he wants to do is take a nap in all of these pictures.

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 
 
 

The Muckers

These dudes will transport you into a psychedelic funk with their hypnotizing riffs. Find them on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Is that Kurt Cobain?

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

4am with The Muckers. 

 
 
 
 Photo by Rachel Cabitt

Photo by Rachel Cabitt

 

Honduras

We met lead singer Pat backstage at a show at our very first SXSW two years ago, so it only made sense to have them close out our first SXSW showcase. Keep up with the boys on Instagram and Facebook.

 
 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Ending the party with Honduras.

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 

Ran into our bud Harrison at Cheer Up Charlies.

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

 

Drew of Vundabar, Mike, and Molly of Uma Bloo lost in a bamboo forest at a castle in Austin.

 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Chicago's Town Criers playing a late night set at THE castle. 

 
 
 
 Photo by Natalie Leonard

Photo by Natalie Leonard

Lindsey after the castle, 5AM taxi pick up post moat dip.

See ya next year Austin. xo.