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 1: Tues, 3/15 | Day 2: Weds, 3/16 | Day 3, Thurs, 3/17 | Day 4, Fri., 3/18
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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.[youtube=]
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.[youtube=]
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.[youtube=]
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.[youtube=]
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.[youtube=]
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.