SPIN's photo team spent SXSW 2014 shooting a seemingly endless loop of live shows, but we also managed to track down many of this year's performers backstage. Like Earl Sweatshirt, who turned up to our House of Vans day party unexpectedly, Jack Antonoff, who debuted his new band Bleachers here in Austin, and singer Ian Isiah, who showed us his damn tongue. Here are SPIN's finest portraits from the five days, taken during the festival’s calmer moments.

1.Charli XCX

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2.Le1f

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3.Migos

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4.Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace and James Bowman

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5.Tyler, the Creator

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6.Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

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7.Cloud Nothings

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8.Ian Isiah

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9.Speedy Ortiz

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10.Kelela and Total Freedom

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11.Sage the Gemini

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12.Angel Olsen and band

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13.Earl Sweatshirt

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14.Kurt Vile

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15.Washed Out's Ernest Greene and Small Black frontman Josh Kolenik

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16.Ty Dolla $ign

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17.Future Islands

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18.Bunji Garlin

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19.Dum Dum Girls

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20.Wairpaint's Emily Kokal and Stella Mozgawa

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21.Jillionaire

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22.Chlöe Howl

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23.HBK Gang

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24.Weekend

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25.ScHoolboy Q

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26.Steve Aoki

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27.Future

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28.Iamsu!

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29.Temples

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30.Hurray for the Riff Raff

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31.DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn

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32.Lydia Loveless

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33.Kosha Dillz

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34.Radkey

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