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The 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014

While the tragedy of Wednesday’s car crash loomed large over this year’s SXSW, the festival managed to carry on and was mostly business-as-usual afterward. SPIN’s staff powered through and saw too many shows to count, ate an absurd amount of local food-truck food, and took a ton photos along the way. Here’s the best of what we saw, including our favorite live shows, a band getting tattooed, Riff Raff’s ridiculous merch, and a run-in with Migos at the Chevron. JEM ASWAD, EMMA CARMICHAEL, CAMILLE DODERO, GARRETT KAMPS, DAVID MENCONI, PUJA PATEL