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SXSW Music critics' picks: Who to see Saturday

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Patty Griffin headlines the Saturday showcase at Auditorium Shores. [Suzanne Cordeiro/ for American-Statesman]


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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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)


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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