A gigbag displays its allegiance to Portland.
by Inger Klekacz

In a blur of beer and youthful enthusiasm, the annual Austin indie-rock stampede known as “South by Southwest,” “SXSW,” or simply “South by,” has now officially subsided.

While the most controversial takeaway was the use of homeless people as wireless hotspots and a humorous aside was the prevalence of mountain-man beards illustrated below, the 2012 fest remained a key trading post for one of Portland’s most abundant (if not lucrative) exports: musicians.

As the Willamette Week reported a few fallen-through plans, and PM must confess to a couple of our own, thankfully rock-and-roll snapper Inger Klekacz was on her game, catching some of Portland’s finest from their best side. Click through this slideshow of Portland bands, or visit Inger’s site for more national bands and local characters.

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