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A final goodbye to SXSW 2014: The brightest music moments of the festival, in photos

Photo by Jon Shapley
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SXSW 2014 will go down in history as a pivotal year for the homegrown festival — a festival that many critics are posing has outgrown its roots. But the 10 days of interactive, film and music discovery weren't steeped only in tragedy and commercialism. 

There were last-minute celebrity appearances, some fueled by big brands, some by artists with special ties to Texas. During the week, Austin also played the host to historic conversations and late night's favorite personalities. And among the chaos, intimate showcases prevailed, bringing breakthrough musical moments for those in attendance. 

As the city moves forward from the festival, CultureMap closes out our coverage with a look back at some of the brightest music moments. Join us in one final celebration of the artists of SXSW 2014, through our photographers' eyes.  

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Rosechild plays on a law on East 6th Street.

Photo by Jon Shapley
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The crowd at Great Good Fine Ok.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW Music 2014 The Coathangers

Atlanta punk band The Coathangers perform their last show at Volstead Lounge.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW Music 2014 Natural

Rapper Natural performs at The Eastern.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW Music 2014 Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane performs at Yellow Jacket Social Club.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW Music 2014 The Dum Dum Girls Sailor Jerry Party

The Dum Dum Girls show off new tattoos after their show at the Sailor Jerry party.

Photo by Christopher Franco
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Debbie Harry of Blondie makes a guest appearance at the end of The Dum Dum Girls' set at the Spotify House.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW 2014 Thursday March 13 Little Dragon

Little Dragon. 

Photo by Jon Shapley
SXSW 2014 Thursday March 13 Trust

Trust. 

Photo by Shelley Neuman
SXSW 2014 Thursday March 13 Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson. 

Photo by Christopher Franco
Snoop Dogg at SXSW Spotify House

Snoop Dogg was the surprise guest at this year's Spotify House.

Photo by Jon Shapley
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Sean Lennon. 

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A group of saxophone players busk on East Sixth Street. 

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Great Good Fine Ok performs.

Photo by Jon Shapley
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Tove Lo.

Photo by Jon Shapley
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Haerts.

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The Coachwhips.

Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Ludacris performs for a packed crowed at the Dickies Roadhouse.