More than 2,000 bands are official acts at South by Southwest. Try not to let fear of missing out paralyze you; use our team’s picks to navigate the official showcases. Here are Deborah Sengupta Stith, Peter Blackstock, Eric Webb and Nancy Flores’ picks for Saturday, listed by time.
6 p.m. Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah (Auditorium Shores Stage Lady Bird Lake): Mexican musical veterans join forces to showcase an epic collaboration that resulted in an album featuring over 80 musicians across the globe.
7 p.m. If you’re trying to catch J. Cole’s Dreamville Takeover at ACL Live or the possibility of Kanye West at Stubb’s, you might want to go ahead and get in line.
7 p.m. Bomba Estéreo (Auditorium Shores Stage Lady Bird Lake): Colombian electro-cumbia group masterfully blends hip-hop, dub and folk rhythms into an infectious, danceable sound.
7:30 p.m. Doug Sahm Tribute (Paramount): Steve Earle, Charlie Sexton, a reunited Freda & the Firedogs and more honor the Austin legend.
8 p.m. Fantastic Negrito. (Lucky Lounge): An Orthodox Muslim-raised first generation American who once dreamed of being a rock star stages an electrifying resurrection as a gut bucket blues singer.
8 p.m. Kaleo (Gatsby): Icelanders turned Austinites range from folkish pop to blues rock.
8:30 p.m. The Recycled Instrument Orchestra of Cateura (Victorian Room at the Driskill): Students in one of Paraguay’s poorest communities formed a youth orchesta and play instruments made out of recycled materials found in the landfill that provides most of the jobs in the town.
9 p.m. Mick Jenkins (Hype Hotel): A lyrical emcee and radical thinker who drops a smooth flow over acid jazz and soul.
9 p.m. Grace London (Stephen F’s Bar): Teen singer-songwriter is one of Austin’s youngest and brightest rising stars.
9:20 p.m. Bipolaroid (Valhalla): Swirly, woozy, flower power throwback vibes straight from the swamps of Louisiana.
9:45 p.m. Kinky (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center): It’s a guaranteed good time whenever the Monterrey electro-rockers and party instigators take the stage.
10 p.m. TheeSatisfaction (Mohawk inside): Celestial soul, experimental hip-hop and abstract R&B from a duo of self-proclaimed Nubian queens.
10 p.m. Swervedriver (Emo’s): Reunited English alt-rockers supporting first new record since 1998.
11 p.m. Harvest Thieves (Lucky Lounge): Austin’s latest great alt-country hope, with a debut full-length due this spring.
11 p.m. Tunacola (Maggie Mae’s): Chile has been on the forefront of the Latin alternative scene producing popular artists such as Gepe and Javiera Mena. This electronic hip-hop project offers dancefloor ready tunes with a playful spirit.
11 p.m. Tkay Maidza (Cedar St. Courtyard): An Australian (via Zimbabwe) emcee with a spitfire flow and knack for catchy hooks that work well over everything from skittering electronic beats to futuristic R&B.
11:15 p.m. Badbadnotgood (Bungalow): If you say Ghostface Killah’s name three times in the mirror, he will appear with these jazz rebels in support of their recent album together.
Midnight. MS MR (Empire Garage): Dark and stormy dance pop from a couple of born entertainers.
Midnight. Freddie Gibbs (Palm Door on Sixth): Streetwise gangsta rap from the mean streets of Gary, Ind.
Midnight. Graham Reynolds (Hideout): Adventurous local composer premieres “Marfa Triptych Part I: The Country & Western Big Band Suite.”
12:30 a.m. World Hood (Speakeasy Kabaret): California-based group weaves together everything from hip-hop to traditional Latin rhythms to create moving soundtrack that speaks to new generations of bicultural listeners.
1 a.m. East Cameron Folkcore (Lamberts): Close out SXSW with a bang from one of Austin’s boldest and brightest bands.
1 a.m. B.o.B. (Vulcan Gas Company): If you didn’t make it into the aforementioned big ticket hip-hop shows, Bobby Ray is one of the tightest radio rappers in the game.
1 a.m. Pity Sex (Holy Mountain): A whirlwind of blown-out, lo-fi emotions to feel young to, no matter your age. The perfect closer for the weekend.
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