Two full days of South by Southwest Music to go. What are you going to do? Here are some picks from our team for official showcases:

FRIDAY

9 p.m. Big Phony: Born Robert Choy in New York, he now lives in South Korea and plays beautifully low-key songs that are much more real than his stage name suggests. (Stephen F’s Bar)

10 p.m. Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: A young and hungry rock band from Detroit fronted by distinctive, soulful vocalist Hernandez. (Palm Door on Sixth)

11 p.m. Kurt Nilsen: The smarter pick is probably Rodney Crowell at Gatsby’s, but curiosity about the Norwegian Idol winner’s rare U.S. appearance is too tempting to pass up. (Rowdys)

Midnight. Los Lonely Boys: Lest we forget that these guys were easily the biggest band in Austin not long ago, their new album is first-class pop that serves as a convincing reminder. (Bungalow)

— Peter Blackstock

8 p.m. Christian Tiger School: Truly ground-breaking, mind-melting electronic music from Cape Town, South Africa. (Vulcan Gas Company)

10 p.m. Tinariwen: The nomadic guitar virtuosos who introduced the world to the enthralling desert blues of Mali. (Speakeasy)

11:45 p.m. Flying Lotus + Captain Murphy + Thundercat: If you plan to catch Nas’ headline set at 1 a.m., show up early to catch the second half of this set (starts at 10:45 p.m.), which should be radically experimental and amazing. (Austin Music Hall)

1 a.m. Har Mar Superstar: The unlikely sex symbol R&B alter ego of Minneapolis underground lifer Sean Tillman. (Swan Dive Patio)

— Deborah Sengputa Stith

9 p.m. Small Black: Chillwavers with an overwhelming romantic stillness. They’re what U2 would sound like sleepwalking. (Red Eyed Fly)

10 p.m. The Griswolds: Their 2013 EP sounds like, at various times, Local Natives, Waaves, Walk the Moon and Family of the Year. Mostly, I just want to find out what sound ends up sticking. (Mohawk indoor)

11:10 p.m. Mary Lambert: A classy venue for the classy song stylings of the lady from the "Same Love" chorus. Worth a shot, if only for the novelty. (Victorian Room at The Driskill)

1 a.m. Sage Francis: You will not have a chance to see a more lyrically ferocious emcee. (512)

— Eric Webb

8 p.m. La Pulpafonic: Guaranteed to be a dance party, these electropop artists infuse Colombian folk music with their modern electronic sound. (Flamingo Cantina)

9:45 p.m. Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible: Bringing a uniquely bicultural blend of electronic beats fused with Tijuana-inspired norteño music, this DJ duo creates a must-see show that often includes a backdrop of visuals and a full backing band. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

— Nancy Flores

6 p.m. Natalia Clavier: A happy hour opportunity to catch Clavier, who merges jazz, pop, and more, sings in both English and Spanish, and is known for fronting Thievery Corporation. (Wyndham Garden Hotel)

11 p.m. Deap Vally: Feminist and face-melting: two great tastes that go so great together. Deap Vally killed to a small-ish crowd at ACL Fest last year, wringing more power out of one guitar, drums, and fringe than most bands twice their size. Here’s hoping word gets out and this LA duo blows up. (Old School Bar & Grill)

12 a.m. Those Darlins: Nashville’s darlings could be as huge as HAIM. Check out "Screws Get Loose" on Youtube and just try to keep it out of your head for the rest of the day. (Shotguns)

— Erin J. Walter

10 p.m. Foxboro Hot Tubs: Green Day’s hotel fake name vanity project is one I haven’t seen. But if it’s an excuse for the band to divert from insipid operas about the times, I’m all about it. (Brazos Hall)

11:10 p.m. Paul Wall: The Houston rappers routinely perform this week and are by now taken for granted. Paul Wall will perform alongside several well-wishers and some off-the-books cameramen. But the guy is so charming and good that seeing him return to the conference that made him a star 10 years ago seems like a fitting tribute. (Scoot Inn)

1 a.m. Yelawolf: 2010’s "Trunk Muzic" was all Southeastern flair — Cadillacs, catfish, crystal meth. Part OutKast, part intergalactic lover, Alabama’s Yelawolf was then corrupted by the bad rap rock ideas of fellow white icon, Eminem. I hope he’s here to atone, return to his roots. (Scoot Inn)

— Ramon Ramirez

SATURDAY

8 p.m. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Sean Lennon’s band, yes, but what was once an acoustic duo is now a fully fleshed out psych-rock quintet. (The Parish)

9 p.m. Mandolin Orange: North Carolina duo Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz win hearts with their sweet and graceful country-folk. (Holy Mountain)

10 p.m. Fauntleroys: As if Alejandro Escovedo hadn’t been in enough bands already, here’s a new one, with old Chicago pal Nick Tremulis plus Ivan Julian and Linda Pitmon. (Saxon Pub)

11 p.m. Graham Reynolds/Golden Arm Trio: Don’t forget the Elephant during SXSW; the city’s coolest jazz room has some great acts, including longtime Rick Linklater composer Reynolds. (Elephant Room)

Midnight. Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag: You may remember Maxwell from his Squirrel Nut Zippers days. Check out the hip rootsy jazz he’s doing on his own. (Victorian Room at the Driskill)

— Peter Blackstock

9 p.m. Cody Chesnutt: A poetic iconoclast whose latest R&B release reverberates with pure soul. (Bungalow)

10 p.m. Dudu Tassa: A mix of classical Middle Eastern sounds and Israeli rock sung in both Hebrew and Arabic. (Russian House)

11:10 p.m. Dam Funk: The electro funk wizard who collaborated with Snoop Dogg a.k.a. Snoopzilla on "7 Days of Funk," one of the booty-shakingist records to drop last year. (North Door)

12:30 a.m. Mobb Deep: Hardcore East Coast hip-hop heroes. (1100 Warehouse)

1 a.m. Tribe Called Red: The Native American DJ crew mashes pow wow drums and chants together with hip-hop, reggae and dub step for an exhilarating mix of ancient and future sounds. (Russian House)

— Deborah Sengputa Stith

7:15 p.m. American Sharks: Austin-based punks having an affair with the metal genre. (Hotel Vegas)

9 p.m. The Pizza Underground: That Macaulay Culkin band doing Velvet Underground covers but with the lyrics changed to be about pizza you heard about on the Internet. I refuse to pretend that needs any additional sales pitch. (Buffalo Billiards)

10 p.m. Residual Kid: A truly enjoyable Austin noise punk band comprised of (very young) teenagers. Suddenly I realize I might have wasted my life. (Soho Lounge)

11 p.m. Shakey Graves: Ubiquitous, yet required. (Holy Mountain Backyard)

Midnight. The Eastern Sea: Local indie success story that promises gorgeous instrumentation and a helping of tender aching. (Lamberts)

12:30 a.m. Sharon Needles: You already saw Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed love letter to Lou Reed and a punk band made of children. Go for the hat trick and see this "RuPaul’s Drag Race" alum serve up some realness. (Cheer Up Charlie’s)

— Eric Webb

8 p.m. Mexican Institute of Sound: A master of high-energy live shows, Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound gives crowds a cardio workout with his electrocumbia that also mixes hip-hop beats. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

9:45 p.m. Los Amigos Invisibles: Want an instant pachanga? Call party masters Los Amigos Invisibles for bilingual danceable songs that blend Latin funk, lounge and disco. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

10 p.m. Alika: A force in Latin America’s dancehall reggae industry, Alika pierces through a male-dominated scene with hip hop and socially-conscious lyrics. Stay for the rest of the night at Flamingo Cantina: Take a journey to Colombia with Aluvion’s world music (11 p.m.) that features instruments such as the marimba and accordion, followed by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms blended by electronic beats and rock music by Regra 4 (midnight). Then what better way to end SXSW than with a dance party?Alguacil brings a Colombian twist to rhythms such as reggae, electrocumbia and dubstep.

— Nancy Flores

8 p.m. Desert Noises: These Utah gents belt out folksy harmonies in the vein of Fleet Foxes or Lord Huron over psychedelic southern rock. (Holy Mountain Backyard)

9:45 p.m. Basecamp: This Tennessee trio play hot and heavy R&B perfect for a dark club stage. (Parish)

10:30 p.m. Natural Child: Looking for the perfect soundtrack to drink an ice-cold Lone Star outdoors? Natural Child’s rowdy country-fried garage rock should do the trick. (Hotel Vegas Patio)

1 a.m. Drenge: Go out with a bang. A sampling of the British grunge duo’s song titles give as a good a sense of their dreary guitar-and-drums rock as well as any description could: "People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck," "Dogmeat" and "I Wanna Break You In Half." (Latitude 30)

— Eric Pulsifer