Goeth forth and fest! Our music picks for Sound on Sound Fest

What music shall ye seek to hear, between your mead swilling and your tomato throwing, at Sound on Sound Fest? Pray, let our music team be your guides. Some recommendations:

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El-P, left, and Killer Mike of the rap duo Run the Jewels at SXSW 2015. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


2:20 p.m. Calliope Musicals: This oversized Austin psych-freakout collective is nothing if not melodramatically theatrical, which should make them an ideal fit for playing at a festival built around the concept of jousting knights. (Dragon’s Lair)

6:40 p.m. Guided By Voices: One of the oldest of the old-school at SOS, the iconic indie band led by uber-prolific frontman Robert Pollard has released two dozen albums since the late ’80s, including this year’s “Please Be Honest.” The upside about the ever-revolving lineup behind Pollard is that longtime guitarist Doug Gillard, with whom Pollard has formed yet another side-project called ESP Ohio, is back in the mix. The downside is that alt-country dynamo Bobby Bare Jr., a fascinating recent recruit, apparently is not on this tour. (Dragon’s Lair) — P.B.

7:55 p.m. Death Grips: The barrage of punishing percussion, thrash guitar and guttural vocal grumblings isn’t for everyone, but aren’t you at least a little curious about the band Graham Williams once “consciously uncoupled” with then decided to book anyway? (Dragon’s Lair) — P.B.

8: 15 p.m. Empress Of: Brooklynite Lorely Rodriguez weaves her ethereal vocals into beguiling electronic soundscapes. (Forest stage) — D.S.S.


9:15 p.m. Run the Jewels : If “Nobody Speak,” this summer’s blistering collab from the hard-hitting rap duo and DJ Shadow, isn’t on your ‘ugly election season survival’ playlist, you’re doing it wrong. (Dragon’s Lair stage) — D.S.S.

9:20 p.m. Hinds: The Barcelona girl band plays unpolished, garage rock that sounds like an eternal summer of impetuous youth. (Forest) — D.S.S.


1:30 p.m. Anya: Righteous ATX rapper Anya is eating her kale, doing her yoga, gathering strength to take our city by storm. Don’t be caught sleeping. ( Forest) — D.S.S.

1:30 p.m. Moving Panoramas: Here’s a good reason to be at the fest right from the start on Saturday. The trio of women led by Leslie Sisson has been one of Austin’s most promising indie acts over the past couple of years. (Dragon’s Lair) — P.B.

7:40 p.m. Big Boi: Let’s face it, we might never see Outkast again, but sir Lucius Left Foot’s “Kryptonite”-fueled, southern rap and soul solo show is a solid substitute. (Dragon’s Lair) — D.S.S.

9:15 p.m., 10:55 p.m. Beach House/Purity Ring: This one-two punch of gauzy dream pop and shimmering electro grooves is not a good soundtrack for your Saturday night turn up, but listening to these bands lying on a blanket under a star bright sky sounds sublime. (Dragon’s Lair) — D.S.S.



6 p.m. Pussy Riot Conversation: While other artists talk the talk, members of the activist punk collective spent time in a Siberian prison for actually raging against the repressive regime in their Russian homeland. This presentation includes a documentary screening and a conversation with two of the artists. (Globe stage) — D.S.S.

6:05 p.m. Kero Kero Bonito: Bright and bleepy revisionist pop from the chiptune, bubble gum vending machine of the future. (Forest) — D.S.S.

7:10 p.m. Monkeywrench: What seemed like a short-lived early-’90s side-project whim featuring Austin punk legend Tim Kerr plus guitarist Steve Turner and singer Mark Arm from Seattle’s proto-grunge icons Mudhoney somehow is still a thing about a quarter-century later. There will be noise. (Keep) — P.B.

7:55 p.m. Young Thug: One of the hottest rap artists of the moment, known as much for his unconventional style as his music. (Dragon’s Lair) — D.S.S.

8: 15 p.m. Bob Mould: Yeah, the postpunk pioneer from Minneapolis who called Austin home for a few years just turned 56. If you don’t believe he can rock the codpieces off every other performer in Sherwood Forest across the entire weekend, go see his power-trio set (with ace drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy), and be gloriously proven wrong. (Forest Stage) — P.B.

9: 15 p.m. Courtney Barnett: It just wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t have a visit this year from the captivating Australian rocker. Barnett, who set Fun Fun Fun afire in 2014 en route to a smashing-success 2015 that included winning the international Grulke Prize at SXSW and taping “Austin City Limits,” was scheduled to play Levitation in the spring before the rainout. Better late than never in 2016. (Dragon’s Lair) — P.B.

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10:25 p.m. Big Freedia: Get that medieval ‘azz’ in the air already. (Forest) — D.S.S.

10:45 p.m. Explosions in the Sky: The Austin quartet triumphantly returns from touring their exhilarating new collection of expressive post-rock in Eastern Europe to close out the big stage under the stars. ( Sunday, Dragon’s Lair) — D.S.S.


Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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