Fantastic bands flying in from around the world is one of our favorite things about the South by Southwest music festival. We’re leading a virtual tour of international music at the festival.
DAY 2, WEDNESDAY, 3.16
Pedrina y Río (Bogota, Colombia): Their uplifting melodies, profound yet simple lyrics and the lead singer’s distinctive voice all set this alternative pop duo apart. (Noon at Radio Day Stage in the Austin Convention Center; 11 p.m. Thursday at Speakeasy; 11 p.m. Friday at Departure Lounge) — N.F.
FACE: Music of Pakistan showcase: A mix of traditional and modern sounds, the showcase includes Sufi poetry, mystical singing and the self-proclaimed “loudest band in Pakistan.” In headlining outfit Overload, Qawaali vocals soar as funky rock grooves mix with distinctive beats from the dhol, a double-headed drum used throughout India and Pakistan. (Show starts at 8 p.m., Victorian Room at the Driskill) — D.S.S.
Chirkutt (Dhaka, Bangladesh): From traditional folk music to rock-inspired songs, Chirkutt’s dynamic range make them fusion masters to watch. (4 p.m. at the International Day Stage in the Austin Convention Center; 10 p.m. Thursday at Russian House) — N.F.
K-Pop Night Out. The first of two nights of Korean music at the fest features rock, electropop and even metal. It’s headlined by Zion.T, a startlingly blond smooth crooner who wants to make you swoon. (Music starts at 7:30 p.m., Belmont)— D.S.S.
Los Reyes Vagos (Guatemala City, Guatemala): When SXSW announced this rock band’s upcoming showcase, Guatemalan media outlets beamed with pride. Their presence helps shine an international light on a small but mighty Guatemalan rock scene. (1 a.m. BD Riley’s) — N.F.