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SXSW Music critics' picks: Who to see Tuesday

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From left, Cara Tillman, Leslie Sisson and Rosie Castoe from Moving Panoramas pose for a portrait at Barracuda in downtown Austin on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. [Lynda M. Gonzalez for Statesman]

Our critics picked their can't-miss artists for each night of SXSW. Here's the best of Tuesday.


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)

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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)

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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)