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SXSW picks: Don’t miss these bands!

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Los Angeles’ Buyepongo has a new album out titled “Todo Mundo.”

Members of our music team share their recommended picks.

DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH

Tuesday

6:15 p.m. Capsula (performing David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust,” “Spiders from Mars”) (Maggie Mae’s). This Argentinian trio achieved a lifelong dream of recording a “Stardust” cover album in 2012. Their hearts are true, songs will soar and tears will flow.

8:45 p.m. Gallant (Scoot Inn). One of the smoothest of the silky R&B singers swarming SXSW this season.

9:20 p.m. Charlie Belle (Maggie Mae’s). Lyrically incisive indie pop from an Austin sibling pair who are way cooler than you were in high school.

10:24 p.m. Subkulture Patriots (Flamingo Cantina).A new school ATX hip-hop crew with plenty of love for golden era grooves and full understanding of the power of a posse cut.

11 p.m. Hinds (Hype Hotel). There’s a stripped down simplicity that makes this Spanish girl band’s catchy garage rock a perfect vehicle for raw emotion. Likely to be one of this year’s big breakouts.

Midnight. The Digital Wild (Sidewinder Outside). The Austin outfit spins an entrancing blend of smoky trip-hop soul.

1 a.m. Empress Of. (Hype Hotel). Lorely Rodriguez’s about-to-blow-up bedroom project produced some of 2015’s most interesting textural electro pop.

Wednesday

8 p.m. Petite Noir (Hype Hotel). Post-industrial, brooding electro-pop from South Africa. He generated a ton of buzz last year with “La Vie Est Belle,” a fantastic collection of “Noir-wave.”

9:20 p.m. Mitski (Stubb’s). A rising indie rocker with a smoky voice that supports the stormy swells of emotion that erupt in her brutally honest songs.

10:10 p.m. Little Simz (Scoot Inn). A British spitta with a wicked quick fire flow.

11 p.m. Peaches (Cedar Street Courtyard). The lady-part-loving set by the queen of nasty electro club grinders destroyed Fun Fun Fun Fest last year.

12:45 a.m. Kehlani (Cheer Up Charlie’s). The R&B singer’s made-for-hip-hop hooks make her an in-demand collaborator, but her solo material stands on its own, updating the nostalgic warmth of the ‘90s for meaner modern times.

Thursday

8:15 p.m. Bayonne (Barracuda). Musical mad scientist Roger Sellers applies the symphonic sensibilities of centuries gone by to his thrilling electronic compositions.

9 p.m. The Relatives (Antone’s). The recently resurrected psych gospel group carries on its founder’s vision in the recently resurrected club, named after a man who built his legacy resurrecting the blues. That’s poetry in motion.

10 p.m. Mick Jenkins (The Main). The cerebral, watery raps of this Chicago-via-Mississippi spitter simmer with the heavy emotion necessary for the weighty subjects he tackles.

11:35 p.m. Taylor Bennett (The Main). His December debut, “Broad Shoulders,” is an explosive introduction for the artist formerly known as Chance the Rapper’s little brother.

12:50 a.m. Anderson Paak (Mohawk). This year’s Leon Bridges-like breakout, everyone is talking about the L.A.-based rapper whose laid-back California flow casually saunters into irresistible R&B hooks.

Friday

8 p.m. King (Cedar St. Courtyard). The R&B sister trio with dreamy harmonies that swirl into futuristic electro grooves caught the attention of music royalty in 2011. Since then, King has built its court to include luminaries like Erykah Badu, Miguel and Prince.

9 p.m. Madame Ghandi (Speakeasy Cabaret). M.I.A.’s drummer Kiran Ghandi sends her voice and beats into a jungle of electronics to deliver an unapologetic feminist agenda.

10:45 p.m. Jamie XX (YouTube at Coppertank). 2015’s “In Colour” was electronic music at its best, a lush sampler of aural soundscapes with snippets of vocal melodies floating among synthesizer swells, evoking a profound ache of nostalgia tempered by astonishing beauty.

11:05 p.m. Boogie (Stubb’s). The next vital voice in hip-hop from the streets of Compton.

12:35 a.m. Bas (Belmont). Born in the Sudan and raised in Paris, the thoughtful emcee is one of most promising signees to J. Cole’s Dreamville label.

1 a.m. El Freaky (Swan Dive Patio). A red hot Latin American DJ collective, the bass-bumping beat squad from Bogota wants to make your booty move.

Saturday

8 p.m. The Wans (Lucille). A sneering blast of grimy sinful rock ‘n’ roll.

9 p.m. Audiodamn! (Stubb’s). The Austrian trio infuses their pop with soulful harmonized hooks and the occasional funky breakbeat.

10 p.m. Sweet Spirit (Parish). Exuberant horn-laced pop loaded with peppy, sing-along hooks and three-part guitar-monies.

10:45 p.m. Homeboy Sandman (Empire Garage). Thinking man’s hip-hop for the backpack rap fan who never stopped believing.

Midnight. Fantastic Negrito (Blackheart). Raw gut-bucket blues delivered with a defiant, punk rock attitude. The perfect soundtrack for these very strange times.

1:05 a.m. Joey Basa$$ (Mohawk Outside). The NYC rapper with a classic East Coast flow absolutely lived up to the hype at his Austin shows last year. Take the fest out on a high note.

PETER BLACKSTOCK

Tuesday

8 p.m. Ben Ballinger (Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room). One of Austin’s most charismatic young rock singer-songwriters kicks off an SXSW opening night that skews significantly toward local acts.

9 p.m. Charlie Faye & the Fayettes (Sidewinder outside). A revival of ’60s girl-group harmony highlights the upcoming debut from Faye and fellow singers Betty Soo and Akina Adderley.

9:30 p.m. Gurf Morlix (Saxon Pub). Long one of Austin’s most accomplished guitarists and producers, Morlix is a first-class songwriter as well, as evidenced on the nine solo albums he’s issued since 2000.

11:10 p.m. Uncle Lucius (Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room). Mixing elements of several Southern styles on thoughtful songs that separate them from the jam-band chaff, Uncle Lucius made one of Austin’s best records of 2015 with “The Light.”

Midnight Digital Wild (Sidewinder outside). The vocal contrast of singers Chantell Moody and Seth Woodward creates a fascinating focal point for this local outfit that mixes electronica, trip-hop and pop into an engaging and singular sound.

12:30 a.m. Jimmy LaFave (Saxon Pub). The high range and emotional resonance of his voice has led LaFave to acclaim as an interpreter, but he’s often at his best when he’s singing his own compositions.

Wednesday

8 p.m. Weather Station (Sidewinder inside). Haunting, airy vocals above elegant minimal soundscapes mark the music of Canadian indie-folk artist Tamara Lindeman, who has released three records as the Weather Station.

9 p.m. Quebe Sisters (Swan Dive). Americana stardom seems just around the corner for this remarkable twentysomething trio of singing and fiddling sisters from Fort Worth.

10 p.m. Basia Bulat (Parish). Loosely associated with Arcade Fire, Bulat has become one of Canada’s most engaging singer-songwriters, playing a variety of instruments at her shows and releasing a string of revelatory indie-folk albums.

11 p.m. Antone’s – Home of the Blues (Hilton Grand Ballroom). The final segment of this year’s Austin Music Awards rounds up Jimmie Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton, C.J. Chenier and other veterans of the recently reopened blues club, with rumors of a high-profile special guest sitting in.

Midnight. Lydia Loveless (Continental Club). Elements of punk, country, Americana and old-school rock ’n’ roll come together behind the passionate vocals of Loveless, one of the best artists on Chicago’s renowned Bloodshot label.

1 a.m. Escondido (Parish). Nashville’s Jessica Maros and Tyler James create an instantly appealing blend of indie adventurousness and rootsy traditionalism on their new album “Walking With a Stranger.”

Thursday

8 p.m. Aoife O’Donovan (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary). From her days fronting string band Crooked Still through a couple of solo outings, O’Donovan has emerged as one of Americana’s most promising singer-songwriters.

9 p.m. John Doe (Main II). The X co-leader just seems to get better as the decades pass, bringing his hard-won experience to bear on songs packed with equal parts brashness and vulnerability.

10 p.m. Hayes Carll (Gatsby). Fresh off a Grammy country song nomination, Austin troubadour Carll is about to release “Lovers and Leavers,” his first album in five years.

11 p.m. Mac McAnally (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary). The veteran Nashville songwriter and longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band takes a rare step into the spotlight to promote his new solo album “AKA Nobody.”

Midnight. Robbie Fulks (Victorian Room at the Driskill). A mainstay of Chicago’s alt-country scene for two decades, Fulks will feature songs from his new “Upland Stories” album with a largely Austin-based backing crew.

1 a.m. A Giant Dog (Tap Room at the Market). Whether this band or Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen’s other band, Sweet Spirit, is a bigger deal right now is a matter of opinion, but A Giant Dog is set for a breakout with their upcoming Merge Records debut.

Friday

8 p.m. Shirlette Ammons (Soho Lounge). The Durham hip-hop artist casts a wide enough net to have collaborated with both the Indigo Girls and Meshell Ndegeocello on recent projects.

9 p.m. Luther Dickinson (Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room). Half of the roots-rock juggernaut North Mississippi Allstars, Dickinson recently released his third solo effort, “Blues and Ballads: A Folksinger’s Songbook.”

10 p.m. Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils (Continental Club). The former Austin guitar slinger returns from the Northwest with a new EP that tilts toward the heavier side of his blues-rock leanings.

11 p.m. Michael Fracasso (St. David’s Bethell Hall). One of Austin’s best singer-songwriters since moving here from New York in the 1990s, Fracasso has a new album, “Here Come the Savages,” due in April.

Midnight. The Head & the Heart (Clive Bar). Its membership is split between Seattle and Virginia these days, but the members of the renowned Sub Pop indie-folk-rock band recently convened in a Northern California studio to record their third album, which may mean a sneak peek is in store at SXSW.

1 a.m. Mother Falcon (Bungalow). Newly signed to Universal Music Classics, the oversized indie-classical crossover outfit has been one of Austin’s biggest success stories in recent years.

Saturday

8 p.m. Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones (Central Presbyterian Church). Established solo artists in their own right, Thompson and Jones combine their spectacular voices on a new album that leans toward classic country.

9 p.m. Jon Dee Graham (Continental Club). Lately Graham has gotten more attention for his book of artwork than his songs, but there’s nothing better than a Saturday night show in his home club to remind that music is Graham’s original gift.

10 p.m. Girl Pilot (Palm Door on Sabine). Led by singer-songwriter Sahara Smith but also featuring a ringer of a guitarist in Lauren Gurgiolo, local band Girl Pilot pushes melodic pop into engagingly atmospheric realms.

11 p.m. Parker Millsap (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary). A hellfire-and-brimstone Oklahoma singer-songwriter, Millsap earned widespread attention for his 2014 self-titled debut and recently followed it up with “The Very Last Day.”

Midnight. Harvest Thieves (Victorian Room at the Driskill). Our Austin360 January Artist of the Month closes out a whirlwind week of nearly a dozen side parties with an official showcase spotlighting their new album “Rival.”

1 a.m. National Parks (Lamberts). “Until I Live,” the Utah band’s second album, furthers their reputation for bright, accessible folk-pop songs.

ERIC WEBB

Tuesday

7:15 p.m. Chvrches (DJ set, Maggie Mae’s). It’s early Tuesday night. This is a blessing.

9:20 p.m. Leopold and His Fiction (Maggie Mae’s). Daniel Leopold may look like an old-timey Victorian boxing champ, but his Fiction’s sound is 100 percent raw-throated, blues-rock sex appeal. That’s the truth.

11 p.m. Ume (Sidewinder outside). Imagine if Metric was from Austin.

12 a.m. Moving Panoramas (Sidewinder inside). Keep the local love alive with some warming alt-vibes.

1 a.m. Empress Of (Hype Hotel). Prettily spun electropop that sounds oh-so-NYC to take the night home.

Wednesday

8 p.m. Petite Noir (Hype Hotel). The lovechild of David Byrne and James Murphy, raised by Grace Jones, who puts the “art” in artist.

9:45 p.m. White Lung (Mohawk outdoor). Thrashing! Feminist! Punk!

10 p.m. Basia Bulat (Parish). She has low-key dropped one of the best albums of 2016 so far. Go luxuriate in some “Good Advice.”

11:15 p.m. Neon Indian (Mohawk outdoor). Last year, Denton’s shiniest son gave us a compulsively listenable album in “Vega Intl. Night School” and a party for the ages at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

12:05 a.m. PWR BTTM (ScratcHouse). Deliciously transgressive, queer pop rock is what Austin is all about, no? Expect glitter.

1 a.m. AlunaGeorge (Hype Hotel). Most of AlunaGeorge’s airtight, ’90s-referencing house-pop sounds like acting on deeply felt impulses by the light of the moon. Ergo.

Thursday

8:15 p.m. Loretta Lynn (Stubb’s). But you were already gonna go anyway. B.Y.O. coal.

9 p.m. Tanlines (Banger’s). If you like Caribou but you also like to sing along to stuff sometimes.

10 p.m. Sarah Jarosz (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary). The Wimberley wonder is the Jimi Hendrix of mandolin, and “Build Me Up From Bones” makes me cry.

11 p.m. Wynonna & The Big Noise (The Gatsby). Wynonna’s SXSW show last year at St. David’s was rafter-demolishing, rich with anecdotes of Antone’s and Taco Bell and — no exaggeration — one of the highlights of my life.

Midnight. Ra Ra Riot (Cedar Street Courtyard). Buoyant synths and jaunty strings; at least two songs about robots.

1 a.m. Charli XCX + Sophie (Hype Hotel). The mind behind some of Top 40 radio’s biggest smashes teams up with one of the blogosphere’s most buzzed-about producers to make some dark waves.

Friday

1 p.m. Chvrches (Radio Day Stage). Scotland’s glimmering pop magicians take a SXSW victory lap.

8 p.m. Eerie Wanda (Hotel Vegas). Doo-woppy dreamcore with a tinge of Angel Olson.

9 p.m. Phases (Tap Room at The Market). A cheese platter of big emotions and synth-soaked ’80s head-boppers.

10 p.m. Small Black (Banger’s). No strangers to SXSW, the Brooklyn band’s electronic chill seems like it’s been about to break big-ish for awhile now.

11 p.m. Sphynx (Palm Door on Sabine). You know how you show up to your friend’s show at 8 p.m. on a Monday to prove to the venue that they have the fan base to play a better time slot on a weekend? You owe it to Austin’s glam-rock party-starters in such a way.

12 a.m. Santigold (Stubb’s). Santi White’s latest — “99¢” — proves that she’s still one step ahead of everyone else.

1 a.m. Diarrhea Planet (Barracuda). Infectious punks who by now are sweaty SXSW staples.

Saturday

8 p.m. Night Drive (Icenhauer’s). Crisp, futuristic electropop from a couple of Texas boys.

10 p.m. Waxahatchee (Central Presbyterian Church). The church is a must-go fest venue, and Katie Crutchfield’s roiling cloud of disaffectation and sternum-splitting guitars should make for an interesting altar call.

11 p.m. Everything Everything (Hype Hotel). The Manchester band’s frenetically fractured sound — “Cough Cough” is a good place to start— is like a percussive ping pong ball in a blender of sonic experimentation.

11:20 p.m. For Esmé (Barracuda backyard). Intrepid synth-pop songs with a rock ‘n’ roll backbone.

12 a.m. Bloc Party (The Gatsby). The British stalwarts can do it all — big emotions, rollicking indie rock and hyperkinetic electronic dance fuel. A fine way to bid SXSW adieu.

NANCY FLORES

Tuesday

8 p.m. Gina Chavez (The Sidewinder Outside). Embracing the space between cultural lines, this Austin-based songstress offers a glimpse into the path she’s been on to connect with her Latina roots with inimitable bilingual folk-pop songs.

9 p.m. Natisú (Friends). Chile keeps making some of the best pop music in Latin America thanks to adventurous musicians like experimental indie artist Natisú. (Also playing at 9 p.m. Thursday at Departure Lounge.)

10 p.m.-1:40 a.m. SXAméricas: Zona Indie showcase (Sledge Hammer). Check out a sampling of Latin American indie music at this showcase. You’ll discover bands like Los Detectives Helados, who come from Ecuador’s burgeoning music scene with their indie rock that flirts with cosmic pop.

Wednesday

8 p.m. The Warning (Karma Lounge). When a YouTube video of these three Mexican sisters playing a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” went viral, the young girls ages 15, 13 and 10 rose to the spotlight. They appeared on the Ellen De Generes show and raised money to attend a summer program at the Berklee College of Music, where they also created video diaries for the EllenTube Channel.

9 p.m. Jéf (Sledge Hammer). The Brazilian singer-songwriter got his big break in 2014 when he won the reality show music competition “Breakout Brazil” and landed a record deal with Sony Music.

10 p.m. Molina y Los Cósmicos (Sledge Hammer). In recent years, the tiny country of Uruguay has been producing unbelievable music. At previous SXSW festivals, the country has brought a delegation of diverse artists. Although there’s no official Uruguayan showcase this year, there are several standout artists like this folk-pop outfit.

11 p.m. Cabezas Flutuantes (Russian House). Using homemade instruments and everyday objects like pencils, Cabezas Flutantes of Brazil present upbeat, pop experimental songs that showcase tropical soundscapes.

Midnight Oques Grasses (Flamingo Cantina). Rising stars in the Catalan music scene, Oques Grasses of Barcelona deliver reggae-inspired pop music. (Also playing Friday at the Palm Door, time is TBD.)

1 a.m. División Minúscula (Karma Lounge). The SXSW alums’ punk rock sound was discovered by legendary DJ Toy Selectah of Control Machete fame. (División Minúscula also plays at 5 p.m. Saturday at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake.)

Thursday

8 p.m. Velo De Oza (Speakeasy). When you mix Colombian folk music with rock and pop, you get an energetic live show from this charasmatic band that’s sure to create a fun vibe. (Also plays at 11 p.m. Friday at Flamingo Cantina)

9:20 p.m. Arianna Puello (Speakeasy Kabaret). Now more than ever fierce women in Latin hip-hop are bringing inventive and politically savvy rhymes to the forefront. Arianna Puello, a Spanish rapper of Dominican descent, has been delivering her spit-fire lyrics since 1993. (Also performs at 9:40 p.m. Friday at North Door.)

10 p.m. Elida Almeida (Flamingo Cantina). Music lovers will be enchanted with the powerful voice and incredible depth that this songstress brings from Cape Verde, an island off the west coast of Africa. Though danceable and uplifting, some of her songs in Portuguese reflect on meloncholy moments from her childhood including the death of her father when she was just a girl. (Also plays at midnight on Wednesday at Russian House.)

11 p.m. Las Delailas (Departure Lounge). The Monterrey-based pop-folk outfit creates melodies composed using a combination of guitar, ukelele, harmonica, tambourine and vocal harmonies.

Midnight. A-Wa (Flamingo Cantina). Yeminite sisters infuse Arab folk songs with modern beats. (Also play 1 a.m. Friday Russian House.)

1 a.m. The Chamanas (The Townsend). Drawing musical influences from 1970s Mexican pop and modern indie music, the Chamanas call the border region of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez home. They recently captured the national spotlight with their cover of Portugal. The Man’s song “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue.” (Also play at 1 a.m. Saturday at Blackheart)

Friday

8 p.m. Lulacruza (Palm Door on Sixth). The Argentine electronic folk duo beautifully melds modern and ancient sounds. It’s the place to be when you’re ready to get away from the SXSW chaos and reenergize with inspiring music. (Also play at noon on Wednesday at the International Day Stage and at 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday at The Townsend.)

9 p.m. Sotomayor (Flamingo Cantina). Siblings Raul and Paulina Sotomayor make up the hip, electronic music project from Mexico City. Their cutting-edge beats also fuse rhythms like Peruvian chicha music. (Also plays at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the International Day Stage and 9 p.m. Thursday at Lucille.)

10 p.m. Julio Piña (Flamingo Cantina). These Chilean party instigators create hip-shaking cumbias sure to keep you dancing all night. (Julio Piña will also perform at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Russian House.)

11 p.m. Jenny and the Mexicats (Continental Club). An English female trumpet player walked into a flamenco club in Spain and met two Mexican musicians that changed her musical journey. They added a Spanish cajón player to the mix, and became rising stars playing bilingual genre-blending grooves that mesh everything from flamenco to rockabilly.

12:05 a.m. Kat Dahlia (Swan Dive). The buzz has been swirling around Miami-bred Cuban-American singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia. The up-and-comer released her debut album in 2015, and it’s inspired by pop, Latin, hip-hop and reggae. (Also performs at noon on Saturday at the Radio Day Stage.)

1 a.m. Locos Por Juana (Half Step). The Grammy-nominated Miami band has been shaking up the Latin music world for more than a decade with their hybrid sound and energetic live shows. Don’t miss the chance to see these party masters. (Also perform at midnight Saturday at Flamingo Cantina.)

Saturday

6 p.m. Systema Solar (SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake). They’ve risen from the Colombian music underground and stormed the Latin alternative scene with their explosive shows that are an audio visual experience. Systema Solar blends Afro Carribbean and Colombian folk with everything from hip-hop, techno, house, cumbia and electronica. (Also perform at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Radio Day Stage and 1 a.m. Thursday at Flamingo Cantina.)

8 p.m. Laguna Pai (Flamingo Cantina). The Peruvian reggae rockers weave socially conscious lyrics in their music focusing on issues like environmental conservation and equity.

9 p.m. Florencia Núñez (Stephen F’s Bar). Keep your eyes on this Uruguayan singer-songwriter whose impressive first album has been showered with accolades. She’s an exciting new voice in Latin indie music tying together influences from pop, jazz and folk.

10 p.m. Zona Tango (Elephant Room). You’ve never heard tango music like this before. Argentine multi-instrumentalist and composer Pedro Menendez’ ecclectic musical project creates a modern tango sound by fusing it with jazz, electronic and psychedelic rhythms.

11 p.m. Consulado Popular (Flamingo Cantina). Punk rock meets Colombian cumbia. (Also play at 1 a.m. Thursday at Speakeasy.)

12:50 a.m. Buyepongo (Speakeasy). Singer and percussionist Edgar “Meshlee” Modesto once described the Los Angeles band’s sound as music that’ll get you moving and thinking. Buyepongo released its album “Todo Mundo” earlier this year, which is full of pan-Latin rhythms that’ll nourish your soul.