South By Southwest is in full swing. The shows from Tuesday ran the entire spectrum from rock to pop to mariachi-influenced hip hop. Big name artists like Spoon, Vince Staples and Erykah Badu all performed at different stages as big draws. Even New Wave icons Modern English got in on the action.
Lesser knowns left their mark, as well. The Shelters brought its classic rock sound to the show. Suburban Living made a case for ethereal guitar solos. Rainbrother took advantage of the backstage screen for a unique concert experience.
Bilal, a soulful singer with an old-school voice, showed off. Other more mellow acts, like The Tontons, gave concertgoers a chance to sway as the band mellowed out rooms with infectious grooves.
Mr. Blaky was too busy turning up, though. The Spanish-speaking rapper brought some real-live brass with him on stage to add a touch of Latin flare to his set. High-energy sets from the likes of ecclectic dance rock band Master Blaster Sound System made people move their feet.
Others might prefer to bang their heads, though. A harder sound from a band like Fizzy Blood was perfect for that. But you don't always need a guitar to get the crowd head banging. Ruby proved that as she brought some friends along for a grinding, haunting pop experience.
Headliners like Spoon and Modern English were predictably tight and put-together. Erykah Badu, under her DJ psuedonym Lo Down Loretta Brown, helped set the tone for the Wu-Tang Clan's set. And Vince Staples got plenty of hands in the air while performing "Hands Up."
Hear some of the live shows from South By Southwest so far below: