1.Breaking Out

1/12

While the SPIN team reviewed the hottest shows in Austin, TX, during SXSW, contributing photog Misha Vladimirskiy caught up with some of best new voices in music off stage for a series of portraits, capturing them in a more personal and natural moment. "It's all about shooting these bands and artists when they're hanging out, having fun, relaxing," says Vladimirskiy.

Vladimirskiy blurred the pics to give them an ethereal quality. "It softens the moment and makes it more dreamy, nostalgic, intimate," he explains. "You end up looking at the image longer, too, and diving deeper into the subject."

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2.Breaking Out

2/12

While the SPIN team reviewed the hottest shows in Austin, TX, during SXSW, contributing photog Misha Vladimirskiy caught up with some of best new voices in music off stage for a series of portraits, capturing them in a more personal and natural moment. "It's all about shooting these bands and artists when they're hanging out, having fun, relaxing," says Vladimirskiy.

Vladimirskiy blurred the pics to give them an ethereal quality. "It softens the moment and makes it more dreamy, nostalgic, intimate," he explains. "You end up looking at the image longer, too, and diving deeper into the subject."

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3.Odd Future

3/12

When Vladimirskiy caught up with the most buzzed-about group at SXSW, Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future, at the SPIN Loft on 6th Street, their leader Tyler, the Creator was acting his goofy self. "He kept running around and tapping me on the shoulder, just to tease me and get me to look the other way," says Vladimirskiy. "They were all really good friends. They were running around, just having silly fun." But they were in a bit of a rush: "They said, 'Let's getting this done -- we gotta see TV on the Radio!'"

4.Cults

4/12

Buzzing New York City twee-pop duo Cults are shrouded in mystery, and film students Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion didn't shed any further light on their sound or story at SXSW. "They didn't really talk," Vladimirskiy says of shooting the pair outside the Cedar Street Courtyard venue. "People were swarming and watching them. But you could tell they were happy. The [romantic] relationship between the two of them was very natural and intimate and strong, but very protected."

5.Young the Giant

5/12

Vladimirskiy caught up with Sameer Gadhia, singer for this Orange County, CA, indie quintet, as he lounged backstage at SPIN's annual party at Stubb's. "He was just laying down next to all my gear, sleeping in the grass and taking a nice break from the chaos," says Vladimirskiy.

6.Nicole Atkins & Band

6/12

The New Jersey native (second from left) got playfully involved with the photo shoot when Vladimirskiy met her and the band amid the chaos on 6th Street. "She was really into the idea of blurring the photos," he says. "She was like, 'Put the dudes in the background and the ladies up front,' and was situating everyone for the shot. She's really cute and was clearly really enjoying herself down there. They said all their shows were going great."

7.Theophilus London

7/12

When SPIN's phtog shot the breakout Brooklyn emcee, it was a meeting of old friends. "We've worked together a bunch before, so he was really comfortable," says Vladimirskiy. "We took the photos in the bed of a creek, just across the street from all the SXSW chaos." What did they chat about? The rapper's aversion to text messages. "He never sends texts, no matter who it's to. He says he's not ignoring people, but that he's just not interested in returning the hundreds of texts he receives daily, especially at SXSW. He was just like, 'It is what it is.'"

8.Brother

8/12

This quartet of Britpop revivalists from Slough, England, talked shop with Vladimirskiy. Admitted amateur photographers and filmmakers -- the band shot their own music video for "New Year's Day" -- the Brothers asked for "advice and tips about lenses, approach, and angle," says Vladimirskiy. "I commented on their shirts. They clearly had this, 'We like to be different. We want people to see us clearly.' Those shirts certainly evoke their strong personalities and draw people in."

9.The Dodos

9/12

At SXSW, many new bands put on a "cool" rock'n'roll attitude, but not San Francisco duo the Dodos, says Vladimirskiy. "I randomly ran into band, who I know from S.F. They just started fucking around -— hugging and hitting and playing around. They're so humble and comfortable and kind. So many bands have an off-putting attitude, far before they deserve it. These guys are real."

10.Neon Trees

10/12

After their show at the Central Presbyterian Church, the Provo, UT, band -- the four members are all Mormons, it should be noted -- ducked into the parish's hallways for a quick photo shoot. The band said they ripped through three shows that day, and looked forward to a little post-SXSW vacation ... at Universal Studios in Florida! "They told me they were going to get escorted around to all the rides," explained Vladimirskiy. "They were super excited and kept talking about their trip. They could hardly wait!"

11.The Cool Kids

11/12

"I caught them just hanging out in the street, on Trinity and 4th," Vladimirskiy says of the chance run-in with the Chicago rap duo (pictured with friend. Chuck Inglish, far right, Mikey Rocks, middle). "They were stoked about finally releasing their new record, and they also chatted about their new collabo with Travis Barker, which they felt was pushing the limits of hip-hop. You could tell they were very serious and focused on experimenting with the limits of their genre."

12.The Vaccines

12/12

One of the hottest newcomers at SXSW was London buzz band the Vaccines, who played SPIN's party at Stubb's. "This is right after they finished their set, so they were exhausted and sweaty," says Vladimirskiy. "They were talking about the set, in detail, and thought it went well. And it did. They were quietly reveling in their newfound 'it band' status."