Backbeat: Check Out Photos From South By Southwest 2011
Backbeat: Check Out Photos From South By Southwest 2011

The annual South by Southwest conference took place March 9-18 in Austin and hosted more than 40,000 people who flooded the sleepy little music town to discover new creative content, launch tech products, preview buzzing films and check out the latest and greatest bands on the scene.

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SESAC director of writer/publisher relations Jamie Dominguez (left) pals around with singer/songwriter Dominique Young Unique on March 17 at their Green Eggs & Band Brunch, which brought together SESAC-affiliated acts, journalists and music supervisors for a casual mixer. PHOTO: CARA PASTORE
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ABOVE: During the Green Eggs & Band Brunch, SESAC senior VP of writer/publisher relations Trevor Gale (left) and associate director of writer/publisher relations Josh Feingold (right) caught up with Mike Savage, founder of Mike Savage Artist Management and manager of Meiko, who performed a riveting set during the event. PHOTO: CARA PASTORE
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BELOW: From left, BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Jody Williams, singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham, BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Charlie Feldman and senior director of writer/publisher relations Mark Mason gathered with industry friends and fans at Lost Highway Records' 10th Anniversary Revue, presented by BMI on March 18 at the ACL Live/Moody Theatre. The event featured striking performances from Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Black Joe Lewis and Hayes Carll. PHOTO: ERIKA GOLDRING
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No stranger to SXSW, Meiko performed her wistful pop/rock tunes at the conference. She poses here with SESAC associate director of writer/publisher relations Josh Feingold. PHOTO: CARA PASTORE
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On March 18, Billboard and BMI hosted their annual Acoustic Brunch in conjunction with American Airlines on the lawn of the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin. Billboard publisher Lisa Ryan Howard (far right) was there to mix and mingle with (from left) BMI associate director writer/publisher relations Tavi Shebestari; the Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White, who performed at the event; and BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Jody Williams. PHOTO: ERIKA GOLDRING
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The Billboard/BMI Acoustic Brunch hosted an eclectic mix of guests including tech startups, app developers, industry tastemakers and artists who crowded the lawn for eggs and two stages of great music. From left: Shackelford Zumwalt & Hayes partner Jim Zumwalt, BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Charlie Feldman, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter and BMI director of writer/publisher relations Beth Laird and VP of writer/publisher relations Jody Williams. PHOTO: ERIKA GOLDRING
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Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dan Wilson (center) was accompanied by special guests-recording artists Tracy Bonham, Dixie Chicks' Martie Maguire, Brad Gordon and Jeremy Messersmith-for an evening of stellar performances at the ASCAP showcase in the Driskill Hotel's Victorian Room on March 18. Posing for a photo before the event are (from left) Bonham, Maguire, ASCAP VP of membership for pop and rock Sue Drew, Wilson, Chrysalis Music Group USA president/senior executive Kenny MacPherson, Messersmith and Gordon. PHOTO: ERIK PHILBROOK
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Chicago band Gemini Club was among the diverse and wildly eclectic groups that took the stage at Austin's Dirty Dog club on March 15 at ASCAP's rock showcase. The club was standing room only as (from left) ASCAP director of membership for the United Kingdom and Europe Ross Gautreau, Gemini Club's Gordon Bramli and Tom Gavin, ASCAP director of membership for pop and rock Josh Briggs and Gemini Club's Dan Brunelle circulated during the evening. PHOTO: ERIK PHILBROOK
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ABOVE: GMR Marketing held its Music 20x20 branding conference on March 17 at the Austin Convention Center, hosting 20 consumer brand leaders and the music industry for a day of discussion and collaboration. Billboard editorial director Bill Werde moderated the event and interviewed special guest artist Nick Jonas during a superstar Q&A session. From left: GMR chief creative officer Joe Sutter, Intel director of partner marketing and Intel Inside John Galvin, PepsiCo International director of sports and entertainment Ellen Healy and Coors Light brand manager Dan Hennessy. PHOTO: GMR
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BELOW: The SXSW Film Festival showcased a diverse array of talented filmmakers and screenwriters. One heavily buzzed-about documentary shown during the fest was "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey." The creative team was on hand to celebrate their accomplishments and premiere the film. From left: ASCAP director of membership for pop and rock Josh Briggs, screenwriters Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein, and film composer Joel Goodman. PHOTO: ERIK PHILBROOK
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LEFT: StageIt founder/CEO Evan Lowenstein (right) impressed SXSW attendees with his company's new technology, which enables artists to broadcast their live performances over the Internet and earn revenue from direct-to-fan contact. To introduce the technology, StageIt arranged for the legendary Jimmy Buffett to put on a concert from his house in St. Barts that was screened at the StageIt party. Here, Lowenstein performs on the street for StageIt users with general counsel Micah Katz. PHOTO: CHRIS KNIFIC
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RIGHT: Rhapsody VP of marketing Mark Keeney (center) loses his head while posing for a photo at the Rhapsody Rocks daytime showcase on March 18 at Club Deville. He's flanked by Rhapsody chief product officer Brendan Benzing (left) and VP of business development Brian McGarvey. PHOTO: RHAPSODY
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The MOG Mobile racked up some serious mileage when it hit the streets of Austin to promote the digital music service and its highly anticipated MOG at the Mohawk party on March 19, which hosted over-the-top performances by Big Boi, TV on the Radio, Okkervil River, Smith Westerns, Twin Shadow, Theophilus London, Tune-Yards and Yuck. PHOTO: NATE "IGOR" SMITH
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BELOW: Foursquare, which launched at SXSW in 2009, had a big presence at this year's festival. It debuted the latest version of its location app for both Android and iPhone, introduced an "Explore" function that highlights trending venues and hosted one of the week's most buzzed-about showcases. Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley (left) and head of media partnerships Jonathan Crowley (right) flank one of their showcase's superstar performers, Big Boi. PHOTO: FOURSQUARE
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On March 16, riding high off his breakthrough single "Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa (right) prepared to take the stage at the Austin Music Hall for the mtvU Woodie Awards-with Benjy Grinberg, founder of Khalifa's label, Rostrum Records. Khalifa performed his woodie of the year-winning song for a sea of fans waving black and yellow flags. PHOTO: BILL PALADINO
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Opting for sunshine and showcases instead of panels and tech talk, MSG Entertainment VP of concert marketing and network integration Liana Huth Farnham, Interscope Geffen A&M director of artist development Esther Collins and MSG Entertainment director of marketing Lesley DiPietro (from left) spent much of their time in Austin networking with the industry's brightest and catching some of the buzz bands that might one day grace their stages. PHOTO: MSG ENTERTAINMENT
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Cornerstone's Fader Fort by Fiat is always one of the hottest tickets during SXSW, but this year especially, the Fort hosted an A-list cast of diverse artists to keep the crowds coming. Caught on film here, during a great afternoon at the Fort on March 19, are (from left) the Cool Kids' Mikey Rocks, Cornerstone co-CEO Rob Stone, the Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish, Sean "Diddy" Combs (kneeling), Cornerstone co-CEO Jon Cohen and recording artist Machine Gun Kelly. PHOTO: CORNERSTONE
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Topspin Media was hard at work at SXSW, demonstrating the latest version of its software, announcing its partnership with Downtown's RCRD LBL dubbed RCRD DEALS and co-hosting the Little Radio/Topspin/Nudie Jeans day party on March 18. Pausing for a photo during their busy schedule are (from left) Topspin consultant Jessie Scoullar, Austin-based singer/songwriter Chad Pope, VP of business development/general counsel Jan D'Alessandro and artist services staffer Rian Rochford. PHOTO: TOPSPIN
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On March 16 at SXSW's Music Tech Meetup co-hosted by Hypebot, Topspin, MobileRoadie, Songkick, MPX4, Virb, SoundCloud and Music Matters, tech heavy hitters gathered together in the hopes that the next big development in the business was brewing. From left: Lapolt Law attorney Heidy Vaquerano, FanBridge co-founder/president Noah Dinkin, Ning director of strategic relationships Jonathan Hull, Whitesmith Entertainment co-founder Emily White, Indaba VP of partnerships Nate Lew, indie band Family of the Year's Sebastian Keefe and Whitesmith Entertainment management assistant Katonah Coster. PHOTO: ALEX WALKER

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