Friday & Saturday Coverage | SXSW 2016

In his first meeting as a Hear Nebraska board member, after I told him about our 2014 SXSW lodging arrangements, Stephen Pedersen (of Omaha’s Criteria) came up with a slogan for the organization.

“Hear Nebraska: We crash on floors.”

I recalled this exchange early Friday morning of this year’s Austin, Texas festival as I lay on my thin sleeping bag on the tile floor between the bathroom and TV stand in an entirely adequate Motel 6. HN multimedia intern Adam LaRose and I split a room with Omaha hip-hop group Both (Scky Rei and Nate Asad) and their manager John Schmidt. (It was Adam’s turn to spoon with John.) Our other team members, visuals editor Chris Dinan, multimedia intern Lindsey Yoneda and editorial intern Gabriella Parsons stayed elsewhere with friends.

While I hope HN one day has resources to, you know, provide beds for 100% of travelling staff, I think roughing it like a touring band is a crucial experience for our people. It builds character, camaraderie and perspective. Not to mention, a strong back.

Since 2011, Hear Nebraska has sent a small team of staff/interns/contributors to cover the music festival. It’s a great opportunity to: strengthen team bonds; grow reporting chops and portfolio materials; see and support Nebraska bands on a national stage; spread the word about Hear Nebraska and the state’s music community and industry; meet cool people in and out of the music industry; and, of course, to experience Austin’s unique culture. In my view, all of those points directly support Hear Nebraska’s mission and vision.

I’m very proud of the way HN’s team represented this year. It’s such hard work. We get out to shows right around noon and stay out till as late as 2 a.m., shooting photos, writing, interviewing, passing out stickers and telling everyone we speak to about Nebraska music. We get back to our crash pads and either file work that night, or get up early the next morning to do it. Once the photos are up and the story is ready to go, we head back out and do it all again.

If you’ve been following our coverage, either in stories we dropped Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, or via our Instagram and Twitter feeds through the hashtag #NESXSW, you’ve seen how hard our people hustled. As they barrel their way back to Omaha, literally bruised, tired and editing photos along the way, here’s to them.

This week, you’ll see an exciting video feature they produced while at SXSW. Today, see their photos from Friday and Saturday in Austin, featuring All Dogs, Charlie XCX, Yuck, Car Seat Headrest, Bleached, Both, Laughing Falcon and more:


photo by Lindsey Yoneda

All Dogs at Cheer Up Charlie’s

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Chris Dinan

Margaret Glaspy at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Lewis Del Mar at the Coppertank

Plague Vendor at Barracuda

Music Band at Barracuda

Diarrhea Planet at Barracuda

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

Both at Front Gate Tickets Stage

Laughing Falcon at Front Gate Tickets Stage

Bleached at Stubb’s

Throwing Shade at 800 Congress

Taylor McFerin at 800 Congress

The Chamanas at Antone’s 

photos by Chris Dinan

Charlie XCX and Sophie at Stubb’s

Sisters at The Velveteen Room

photos by Gabriella Parsons

Yuck at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Prince Rama at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Riverboat Gamblers at The Jackalope

Okay Kaya at Central Presbyterian Church

Small Houses at Tellers

Tempalay at Elysium

White Reaper at Sidewinder

XIXA at Palm Door

Snarky Puppy & Banda Magda at Palm Door

Bombino’s at Palm Door

photos by Adam LaRose



Karikatura on 6th St

photos by Gabriella Parsons

Waxahatchee at Central Presbyterian Church

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Chris Dinan

Naked Giants at Tellers

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

Gwenno at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Le1f at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Mobley on the rooftop at Shiner’s Saloon

Emufucka at Maggie Mae’s

Stonebwoy at Palm Door

photos by Adam LaRose

Car Seat Headrest at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Girls Names at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Julien Baker at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Into It. Over It. at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Homeboy Sandman at Empire Garage

Knxwledge at Empire Garage

NxWorries at Empire Garage

photos by Chris Dinan

Humans of SXSW

photos by Adam LaRose