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Preparing for the unexpected is always a challenge, and when it comes to playing a music festival with close to 30,000 industry professionals in attendance and over 2,000 musical showcases, the devil is certainly in the details.

With SXSW 2015 just a few weeks away, now is a great time to go over all of your travel plans, show schedules, and festival guides, especially if you're performing at SXSW for the first time ever!

Top 5 Austin Venues Locals Love Playing

A packed house at Cheer Up Charlie's in Austin. (Photo by Bryan Parker)

Naturally, there's no shortage of cherished spots for shows in the "Live Music Capital of the World," which means we can't name 'em all in one post. (Well, we could, but it would be a very, very lengthy read.) Below are five we especially admire – and word on the street is that a lot of Austin locals feel similarly. The majority of this bunch boast multiple performance areas, and all of them are vital to the local independent music landscape.

5 Unusual (But Brilliant) Places to Play in and Around Austin During SXSW

The outdoor patio at Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin. (Image via spiderhouseaustin.com)

Practically every Austin business becomes an event space during SXSW. The immense number of artists, bands, and fans demands an overflow into nontraditional places – and we aren't talking just bars and clothing shops. Anything's fair game, as shows even spill into the city's rivers and lakes via boat cruises.

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Jan 22, 2015 11:00 AM

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5 Incredible Austin Photographers to Find at SXSW 2015

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads at a house show in Atlanta. (Photo by Renate Winter)

The number of photos that surface from SXSW each year is practically unquantifiable. As the festival grows each year, hired photographers from all your favorite publications, magazines, and blogs will be on deck, and amateur shooters will capture even more. Amid all that commotion, however, is always a bevy of Austin-based photographers, and they're the ones who truly know the landscape of the city and how to efficiently shoot at each venue.