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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
SXÁmericas: Zona Indie at Soho Lounge: Another stellar line-up of Latin American indie music including must-see acts such as Mexican folksy rock group Sol Flamingo, Venezuelan rock band Charliepapa, and Peruvian rockers Gaia. (Show starts at 8 p.m.) — N.F.
Aristophanes (Taipei, Taiwan): Spoken words swirl in an ominous sea of sound on the songs of this Taiwanese rapper, recruited for a guest spot on Grimes’ recent track “Scream” off the strength of her SoundCloud account. (1 a.m. Saturday, Elysium. Also, 11 p.m. Thursday, Palm Door on Sixth)— D.S.S.
Miss Garrison (Santiago, Chile): Electro-pop rockers shine with their seamless fusion and lead singer Francisca Straube’s hauntingly beautiful voice. (10 p.m. Maggie Mae’s; 11 p.m. Wednesday at Sledge Hammer) — N.F.
Tanya Stephens (St. Mary, Jamaica) The hard-edged singer and dancehall chanter scored a few hits in the late 1990s including “It’s a Pity” and “Can’t Breathe.” She anchors the best Caribbean dance party at the fest. (Palm Door)— D.S.S.
Rubel (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Singer-songwriter who recorded songs inspired by his time living at a Pearl Street Co-op house in Austin in 2011. (10 p.m. Victorian Room at The Driskill) — N.F.
MMA Sounds from Africa. Headliner DJ Edu hosts a long-running African music radio show in Britain. He also producers regular documentaries including a recent search for “The Best Nightclub in Africa.” He’s a good kingpin for a showcase that highlights the way culture moves from the continent to the west and back again through the African diaspora. (1:30 a.m., Palm Door on Sixth)— D.S.S.