No, it's not just you. There are a lot of bands coming to Austin for South by Southwest Music Festival. Too many for one person to sort through, perhaps. Luckily, we have three people. Our critics picked their can't-miss artists for each night of SXSW. Building your own schedule? This will help.

PETER BLACKSTOCK

March 11

8 p.m. Murray A. Lightburn: The frontman of Montreal indie band the Dears steps out on the just-released “Hear Me Out” with a sophisticated sound that draws as much from classic pop as the singer-songwriter tradition. (Mohawk indoor)

10 p.m. Lukas Nelson: Fully outside his father's long shadow now, even as he'll always be part of Willie's legacy, Lukas doesn't play rooms this small very often anymore. Arrive early if you want to get in. (Bangers Basement)

Midnight. My Education: Almost two decades in, the Austin indie outfit remains one of the city's most adventurous and rewarding instrumental acts, as their 2017 album "Schiphol" attested. (Barracuda)

12:40 a.m. Strand of Oaks: Headlining a showcase of Philadelphia acts, this renowned indie-folk singer-songwriter, aka Timothy Showalter, will be highlighting material from his sixth album, "Eraserland," due out later this month. (Pour Choices)

March 12

8 p.m. Tiny Desk Family Hour: The identities of the performers taking part in this three-hour showcase are a closely guarded secret. But given the NPR video series’ sterling reputation, it’s a given that this will be special. (Central Presbyterian Church)

9 p.m. Pat Byrne: The rising-star Irish singer-songwriter has been woodshedding in Austin for the past few months and is prime for a wider discovery of his considerable talent at SXSW. (Saxon Pub)

10 p.m. Israel Nash: The pride of Dripping Springs, indie singer-songwriter Nash meshes folk and psychedelia with enchanting tunefulness. He released one of Austin’s best records of 2018, “Lifted.” (Continental Club)

11:30 p.m. Go Fever: The members of our Austin360 Artist of the Month for February could well break out beyond their hometown environs with a splendid new EP, “Daydream Hawker.” (Mohawk indoor)

1 p.m. Chills: Formed in 1980, the New Zealand band has influenced many contemporary acts with its proto-indie-pop sound. (Barracuda Backyard)

March 13

7:40 p.m. J.S. Ondara: Now based in Minneapolis, the Kenyan singer-songwriter is poised for a breakthrough with his just-released debut album, “Tales of America,” on Verve Forecast. (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary)

8:15 p.m. Waylon Payne: The son of country royalty Sammi Smith and Jody Payne, this former Austinite now based in Nashville is coming off a Grammy nomination for a song he wrote with Lee Ann Womack. (Palm Door on Sixth)

10:45 p.m. Kidsmoke: The Welsh quartet’s first full-length is coming soon, but they’ve already made waves with infectious tunes that strike just the right balance between melodic allure and propulsive energy. (Swan Dive)

11:10 p.m. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Last year’s “Rocket” proved the band that rose from Dallas’ 1980s Deep Ellum scene still makes magic with engaging pop songs rooted in jazz-jam improv. (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary)

Midnight. Mr. Jimmy: Because why not wrap up your night checking out Japan’s celebrated Jimmy Page imitator? (Dirty Dog Bar)

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March 14

8:30 p.m. Oh Pep!: Mandolin, violin and guitar ground the radiant acoustic pop of this Melbourne duo in folk roots. (Barracuda)

9 p.m. David Keenan: The Irish singer-songwriter who first gained attention from a viral video of a song performed in a taxi four years ago has a powerful voice and a sharp sense for gorgeous folk-rock arrangements. (Velveeta Room)

10 p.m. Marfa Crush: The Austin band is still in its formative stages, but the magnetic presence of frontman Marlon Sexton (yes, Charlie’s son) makes them well worth checking out. (Friends)

10:15 p.m. Laura Stevenson: The Long Island singer-songwriter makes compelling indie folk rock and just released her fifth album, “The Big Freeze.” (Malverde)

Midnight. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Last year’s dual project between Chicago’s Grammy-nominated trad tunesmith Fulks and rootsy pianist-singer Lewis brought out the best in both artists. (Victorian Room at the Driskill)

March 15

8 p.m. Billy Strings: In his mid-20s, the hot Nashville picker plays bluegrass but colors well outside the lines with psychedelic overtones and punk-rock energy onstage. (Scoot Inn)

9 p.m. Robert Ellis: On “Texas Piano Man,” the Houston-area native brilliantly recasts his identity from guitar-strumming troubadour to Elton John-inspired pop savant. (Mohawk outdoor)

10 p.m. Rembrandts: They’ll be there for you, yes, but Danny Wilde and Phil Solem were an accomplished pop pair before doing the “Friends” theme, and they warrant another look with a new album due this summer. (Lamberts)

11 p.m. John Paul White: Half of the Grammy-winning duo Civil Wars and a partner in the influential indie label Single Lock, White is reaching toward an orchestral countrypolitan sound on his new album due in April. (Cooper’s BBQ)

Midnight. Drivin N Cryin: Since the 1980s, Kevn Kinney’s Georgia outfit has transcended Southern-rock stereotypes with songs of profound wisdom set to music that’s equal parts country-folk and hard rock. (Continental Club)

1 a.m. Yvette Landry with Marcia Ball and Friends: Austin pianist Ball gets back to her roots with Landry and other Louisiana musicians to cap a Lafayette-sponsored night at the home of the blues. (Antone’s)

March 16

6:40 p.m. Courtney Marie Andrews: We caught her playing to an intimate gathering at Willie’s Luck Reunion last year. Since then, Andrews' 2018 record “May Your Kindness Remain” received wide acclaim and made her one of the most promising young acts in Americana music. (Auditorium Shores)

7:35 p.m. Andrew Bird: You have to like a guy who titles his new record “My Finest Work Yet.” The Chicago multi-instrumentalist has a proven track record, with two decades of adventurous indie folk, so we’ll take his word for it. (Auditorium Shores)

8:45 p.m. Patty Griffin: The Austin singer-songwriter’s new self-titled album digs deep with songs of grace and grit that partly address a reckoning with mortality. This show on the big stage finishes a weeklong blitz of live radio, record-store and festival appearances. (Auditorium Shores)

10 p.m. Ben Dickey: A breakout movie star at last year’s SXSW Film Festival for his lead role in the biopic “Blaze,” Dickey returns with his new album “A Glimmer on the Outskirts,” produced by Charlie Sexton. (Continental Club)

11 p.m. Hayes Carll: “What It Is,” released by Dualtone last month, marks another middle-of-the-plate strike for the Austinite who’s become one of the city’s top-drawing Americana acts over the past decade. (Continental Club)

Midnight. Western Youth: A recent Austin360 Artist of the Month, this six-piece roots-rock band’s full-length debut in 2018 served notice of their potential to reach beyond a local following. (Cooper’s BBQ)

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DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH

March 12

6 p.m. Otoboke Beaver: The Japanese punk crew blasts off the SXSW Music opening party with frenzied guitar licks, furious vocals and adorable vintage dresses. What more do you want? (The Main)

7:10 p.m. Kokoko!: The DIY music collective from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo creates ambient compositions and dark post-pop music on instruments they built themselves. (The Main)

8:20 p.m. Rico Nasty: Oh hey, you’re still chilling at the SXSW Music opening party? Well, buckle up, buttercup: The 21-year-old rap breakout calls her sound “sugar trap,” but this is no candy-coated throwdown. Things are about to get rugged raw, real quick. (The Main)

9 p.m. Combo Chimbita: The New York City-based crew draws on their Colombian roots, playing an entrancing mix of psychedelic cumbia and soulful rock 'n' roll. (Mohawk indoor)

10 p.m. Ezra Collective: The London underground scene is a hotbed of innovative jazz. With formidable chops, this five-piece nods to classic jazz composition while incorporating hip-hop breakbeats, electronic flourishes and elements of Afrobeat. (British Music Embassy at Latitude 30)

Midnight. Cautious Clay: The Cleveland native weaves thoughtful lyricism and soulful hooks into expansive pop music with an arena sensibility. (Elysium)

1 a.m. Prateek Kuhad: GQ India dubbed the wistful indie-folk artist from Jaipur “the country’s most spectacular singer-songwriter.” Take night one out with his chilled-out coffeehouse vibes. (Townsend)

March 13

6 p.m. Tierra Whack: Her 2018 release “Whack World” stylistically whiplashes from whimsical nursery-rhyme grooves to dark and moody atmospherics, with detours into confessional soul and tongue-in-cheek twang. The stunning 16-minute visual album establishes her as the most daring and creative new rapper in the game. (Container Bar)

8 p.m. Ouri: Weather permitting, an early evening spent listening to the ambient electronics of the Montreal-based producer while gazing out across Lady Bird Lake sounds like pure magic. (Waller Creek Boat Dock)

10 p.m. Omar Apollo: Born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised in a small town in Indiana, the 21-year-old crooner mixes psychedelic daydreams and hazy, morning-after bedroom grooves with the occasional funky throwback jam. (Antone’s)

11:30 p.m. Heart Bones: Sabrina Ellis, bombastic lead singer of Sweet Spirit, meets freewheeling funkateer Har Mar Superstar on the stage of Austin’s premier sketch comedy venue. Hilarity will surely ensue. (Esther’s Follies)

12:10 a.m. Ikon: The K-pop boy band makes its debut appearance in the U.S. at the festival, riding high off a single (“Love Scenario”) that’s topped 70 million spins on Spotify and 270 million views on YouTube. Expect Beatle-mania levels of hysteria. (ACL Live)

1 a.m. Cuco: After a standout performance during weekend one of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2018, the young psych-pop savant was in an accident that forced him to cancel the rest of his tour. He returned to the road for a short run of shows in February, and we’re happy to see he’s bringing his sunny Spanglish melodies to the fest. (Stubb’s)

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March 14

9 p.m. Mabiland: The 22-year-old artist dropped her debut release, “1995,” last year. She went on to thrill sold-out crowds in her hometown, Medellín, as well as the Colombian capital, Bogotá, with her soulful singing voice and formidable rhyme skills. (Speakeasy)

10 p.m. Megan Thee Stallion: The self-proclaimed "H-Town Hottie" spits red-hot sex rhymes that get the clubs jumping. (Cheer Up Charlies)

11 p.m. Jojo Abot: The Ghanaian artist combines striking visuals with rich electronic compositions to create an artistically immersive experience that draws you in. (Flamingo Cantina)

11:20 p.m. Amara La Negra: Rocking sequins aplenty and leading her dance team in gluteal gyrations synced to her catchy Spanish pop songs, the “Love & Hip Hop Miami” star shimmied her way into our hearts last year. (Belmont)

12:30 a.m. Lizzo: Attending a Lizzo show is an act of self-love. Do yourself right. (Stubb’s)

March 15

5:30 p.m. Thutmose: The Brooklyn rapper’s prominent placement on the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack put him on the rise, but it’s his soulful flow and lyrical dexterity that will seal the deal. (Nuevo Leon)

6 p.m. Japanese Breakfast: A suppertime serenade from indie pop’s smartest chanteuse? Yes, please. (Container Bar)

8:30 p.m. Dungeon Family: The Dirty South titans host a hip-hop throwdown with Big Boi, Goodie Mob and Sleepy Brown, and the whole city is invited. (Auditorium Shores)

10 p.m. Pink Sweat$: The Philadelphia songwriter will smooth-croon his way into your heart with achingly vulnerable love songs and chilled-out party jams. (Lucille)

11 p.m. Cimafunk: The Afro-Cuban phenom plays a seductive blend of hard funk, Caribbean sounds and Afrobeat, with wicked rhythms that will leave no hips untwitched. (Flamingo Cantina)

12:40 a.m. Mr. Eazi: Already a star on his home continent and in Europe, the Nigerian Afrobeat artist is ready to storm the United States with his upbeat melodies and club-friendly dance beats. (Belmont)

March 16

8:10 p.m. Kydd Jones, 8:40 p.m. Tank Washington: Two of the strongest rappers in Austin are brothers who have been rapping together since they were high school students. This is your chance to catch the LNS Crew heavies back to back at the free Art of the City showcase in a classic East Austin concert hall. (Doris Miller Auditorium)

10 p.m. Billie Eilish: The pop sensation has no right to be such a sophisticated singer-songwriter at 17, but so it goes. Your 12-year-old daughter/niece/cousin is going to be so jealous you got to see her up close. (Uber Eats House)

11 p.m. Celeste: The British singer spins heartache into gorgeous, smoky soul tunes that pulse with raw honesty.

1:05 a.m. Yung Baby Tate: The ATL artist mixes sugary R&B pop hooks with gleefully lewd, sex-positive rhymes. Cap off your Saturday night with a double shot of girl power. (Palm Door on Sixth patio)

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ERIC WEBB

March 11

8 p.m. The Beths: “Rollicking guitar pop from a New Zealand quartet on the rise” is an incredibly SXSW-ian way to kick off SXSW. They will shake the winter outta your bones. (Mohawk outdoor)

9 p.m. Dossey: For the poptimists among us in Austin, it’s thrilling to hear earworms this arresting from a hometown artist. Songs like “Plastic Diamonds” and “Heartbeats” are two sides of one shiny coin; Sarah Dossey’s cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” is a glittering shard of romance. (Valhalla)

10:45 p.m. Deerhunter: Bradford Cox and company stand out as one of the bigger acts at this year’s fest. One hopes for weirdness and vibes. (Mohawk outdoor)

1 a.m. Sports Team: Praise for the witty, U.K.-bred rockers’ charismatic live shows appears in every write-up you can find. Noisey went with “majestically coordinated yet slightly unhinged”; the Guardian shouts out singer Alex Rice’s “dancing as though his limbs are disconnected.” (British Music Embassy at Latitude 30)

March 12

7:45 p.m. The Pantones: A trio of self-recorded upstarts from Los Angeles who paint shades of the Smiths and the Cure onto their own sweet, swirly sounds. (Barracuda)

8 p.m. The Tiny Desk Family Hour: A brief list of things that are very, very wonderful: NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, mystery lineups, SXSW shows in holy spaces. It’s a three-hour affair, so this’ll be your whole night. (Central Presbyterian Church)

11 p.m. Broken Social Scene: The Canadian rock super-collective gave us the album-as-feelings template with 2003’s “You Forgot It in People,” an all-timer. Rad 2017 release “Hug of Thunder” and this year’s EP, “Let’s Try the After (Vol. 1),” make compelling cases to catch one of the band’s gazillion fest showcases. I, personally, am tickled at the prospect of seeing Broken Social Scene in a goth bar where I once saw a Katy Perry-themed drag night. (Elysium)

11:45 p.m. Moving Panoramas: The Austin dream-rock outfit (and Austin360 Sound Style alums) have expanded their lineup and their sound. Time to close your eyes and move your shoulders. (Cheer Up Charlies)

March 13

6 p.m. Tierra Whack: My colleague Deborah Sengupta Stith tipped me off to the quirky Philly rapper’s 15-minute visual album, “Whack World,” and I think watching that sensory charm trip is all the rec you need. (Container Bar)

10:30 p.m. Alphabeat: There is no one in this city who is more excited than me that this recently reunited Danish pop group is coming to SXSW. I am prepared to argue this with my fists! Frothy, fun, as cheesy as whatever the equivalent of queso is in Denmark. I don’t want to pigeonhole them, but suffice to say they have a strong LGBT following in Europe, and several of their songs are mainstays of my gay bops playlist. Just, y’know, to give you an idea of the mood. (Empire Garage)

11 p.m. Charly Bliss: Cause for excitement. The Brooklyn alt-rock band’s 2017 album, “Guppy,” was like a shaken-up can of La Croix exploding all over your pleasure centers. Get ready to scrub away your troubles with guitar fuzz and coarse-grain pep. (Lucille)

12:45 p.m. Pedro the Lion: No one works through their issues out loud like David Bazan. Let’s rock 'n' feel like it’s 2004. (Mohawk outdoor)

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March 14

4 p.m. Teen: Like if St. Vincent were three sisters and got tired of her guitar sometimes. (Clive Bar)

5 p.m. The Joy Formidable: There are few experiences more delightful than watching frontwoman Ritzy Bryan lean over the front of a stage and grin like a rock maniac. This Welsh trio is a must-see. (Container Bar)

10 p.m. Sad Cops: A Denton band that’ll scratch that emo itch. (Sheraton Backyard)

11:15 p.m. King Princess: Achy-voiced queer power from a singer rocketing like a meteor. (Stubb’s)

Midnight. Cactus Blossoms: Minneapolis brothers whose harmonious Western ballads click into place like a row of pearl snaps. (3Ten at ACL Live)

12:30 a.m. Lizzo: Has anyone making the Austin festival circuit the past few years ever felt more like a superstar from day one? We’ve been tellin’ y’all. (Stubb’s)

March 15

2 p.m. Illuminati Hotties: This L.A. outfit opened for Lucy Dacus last month at Barracuda, which, yes. Trust: They’re a bolt of earnest SoCal lightning. Worth your while to catch one of their sets during the fest. (Container Bar)

5 p.m. Cherry Glazerr: One of the most buzzed-about rock bands of the past couple years, exploding with shreddy, jet-fueled firecrackers. (Container Bar)

6 p.m. Japanese Breakfast: Guess you’re spending the whole day at Container Bar, then. Michelle Zauner is the port in a storm of SXSW unknowns. Songs like “Body Is a Blade” will break your heart. Then she’ll put you back together with irrepressible verve on fizzy numbers like “Everybody Wants to Love You.” (Container Bar)

9 p.m. Sorry Girls: This pop band’s bio references shopping sprees, peanut M&Ms, Springsteen and “Twin Peaks.” After a few listens, honestly … yes. (Swan Dive patio)

12:20 a.m. Sir Babygirl: Kelsie Hogue’s album “Crush on Me,” released this year, is a sweet-and-sour bottle rocket that knocks you through time and space into a GeoCities-themed house party. If I could recommend her twice, I would. (Palm Door on Sabine)

March 16

7:15 p.m. Chai: Every song from this Japanese band sounds like a runaway train made of rock candy and would be perfect for an Alamo Drafthouse “coming soon” montage. Makes sense, because they’re signed to Burger Records. (Hotel Vegas patio)

8 p.m. Sphynx: Austin’s premier synth-pop glam boys. (Iron Bear)

8:45 p.m. Shy Beast: Homegrown pop with the wind-in-your-hair breeziness your fest-weary self deserves. (The Belmont)

9:45 p.m. Dreamer Boy: R&B sipping on chamomile. (Swan Dive patio)

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