Our Austin360 music team has poured over the intense South by Southwest music schedule and picked out our favorite SXSW showcases to check out each day of the fest, hour by hour. For music lovers who enjoy listening to Latin alternative music or want to check out some international bands, here are my critic’s picks.
Tuesday, March 17
8 p.m. Gina Chavez (Parish): 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. Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta (The Main): Get ready to groove with this Chicago-based band spreading musical love one cumbia at a time.
10 p.m. Chancha Via Circuito (Elysium): When South American folklore takes a journey into the future, you get the atmospheric rhythms of this avant-garde project.
11 p.m. Pommez Internacional (Elysium): Experimental sounds that flirt with everything from rock to electronica. Don’t bother trying to define it; just let the global grooves from one of Argentina’s most interesting bands move you.
Midnight Rashid (Elysium): A rap battle master, this Brazilian rapper rhymes in Portuguese about everything from politics to love.
1 a.m. Buraka Som Sistema (Elysium): Portugual’s innovative electronic dance music project offers upbeat musical fusions that find inspiration in everything from African beats to techno and hip-hop.
Wednesday, March 18
8 p.m. Sain Tanveer Brothers (Victorian Room at The Driskill): Pakistani percussion masters kick off the night with trance-inducing beats to get your heart pumping.
9 p.m. Caloncho (Icenhauer’s): Get transported to a tropical paradise with the upbeat and sophisticated pop songs that are making this Mexican artist one to watch.
10:20 p.m. Eptos Uno (Half Step): Emerging from the graffiti world, rapper Eptos Uno won Red Bull’s 2007 freestyle rap battle “Batalla de Gallos” and quickly rose to the top of Latin America’s hip hop world.
11:45 p.m. Morenito de Fuego (Half Step): Quirky lyrics plus hip-shaking digital cumbia/hip-hop tracks promise to make this show an offbeat but sprited dance party.
12:40 p.m. Danay Suárez (Half Step): Often described as Latin America’s Lauren Hill, the Cuban songstress takes audiences on a poetic musical journey through hip-hop, jazz, reggae and beyond.
Thursday, March 19
9 p.m. Irene Diaz (Departure Lounge): A modern day torch singer, the rising Los Angeles singer/songwriter pours every drop of emotion into her heartfelt music.
10 p.m. Diana Fuentes (Departure Lounge): We’re hoping that the sweet Cuban singer/songwriter brings her husband Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 to perform with her.
11 p.m. Huichol Musical (Russian House): The fusion of Mexican regional music and Huichol rhythms result in an innovative cutural soundscape that’s sung in Spanish and Huichol.
Midnight La Sabrosura Dura (Speakeasy): With a salsa-heavy musical foundation, this Colombian band also blends rock, funk and hip-hop into their party mixes.
1 a.m. Centavrvs (Palm Door on Sixth Patio): It’s what you get when Mexican corridos marry electronic rhythms.
Friday, March 20
8:45 p.m. Bituaya (Flamingo Cantina): An electro-Caribbean experience from Venezuela.
9:45 p.m. Celso Piña (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center): Watch this Mexican accordion master nicknamed “Accordion Rebel” bring down the house with his cumbia hits.
11 p.m. Raquel Sofia (Half Step): The Puerto Rican indie rocker spent time as a backup singer for Latin greats like Juanes and Shakira before breaking out on her own.
Midnight. Macaco (Lucille) Barcelona-based pop fusion band blends languages and musical styles to its popular global hits.
1 a.m. El General Paz & La Triple Frontera (Russian House) Afro-Latin rhythms get a funk-rock twist.
Saturday, March 21
6 p.m. Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah (Auditorium Shores Stage Lady Bird Lake): Mexican musical veterans join forces to showcase an epic collaboration that resulted in an album featuring over 80 musicians across the globe.
7 p.m. Bomba Estéreo (Auditorium Shores Stage Lady Bird Lake): Colombian electro-cumbia group masterfully blends hip-hop, dub and folk rhythms into an infectious, danceable sound.
8:30 p.m. The Recycled Instrument Orchestra of Cateura (Victorian Room at the Driskill): Students in one of Paraguay’s poorest communities formed a youth orchesta and play instruments made out of recycled materials found in the landfill that provides most of the jobs in the town.
9:45 p.m. Kinky (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center): It’s a guaranteed good time whenever the Monterrey electro-rockers and party instigators take the stage.
11 p.m. Tunacola (Maggie Mae’s): Chile has been on the forefront of the Latin alternative scene producing popular artists such as Gepe and Javiera Mena. This electronic hip-hop project offers dancefloor ready tunes with a playful spirit.
12:30 a.m. World Hood (Speakeasy Kabaret): California-based group weaves together everything from hip-hop to traditional Latin rhythms to create moving soundtrack that speaks to new generations of bicultural listeners.
More Latin alternative at SXSW
Quitapenas, a Californian quintet, recently released its self-titled debut album that adds a modern twist to Afro-Latin rhythms of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Their funky psychedelic tropical influences are sure to keep your hips shaking. (11:45 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Speakeasy)
Third Root, a San Antonio hip-hop group, rhymes about everything from social accountability to education. The group, which is made up of Charles Peters (Easy Lee), Marco Cervantes (MexStep), and DJ Chicken George, emphasizes black/brown unity in both its lyrics and sound. Third Root’s latest album is “Revolutionary Theme Music.” (10:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, Soho Lounge)
Master Blaster Sound System’s cultural mashups result in cumbia electronica that pushes musical boundaries. Don’t miss the chance to catch these Austin party instigators live. (8:15 p.m. Friday, March 20, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)