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SXSW Music Adds the Residents and a Free Latin Concert

By Kevin Curtin, February 24, 2015, 2:47pm, Earache!

The South by Southwest Music Conference bulked up its schedule today with the inclusion of San Francisco’s performance art veterans the Residents, and a free outdoor concert at Auditorium Shores featuring Latin luminaries Intocable, Bomba Estereo, and Compass.

Enigmatic avant-guardians of the experimental ilk, the Residents have been a curiosity constant in American music since the Seventies. The mysterious group, iconic in eyeball masks and tuxedos, present a new show called Shadowland, complete “short videos about birth, rebirth, reincarnation. and near death experiences.” The showcase runs Friday, March 20, at the Paramount Theater and is open to Music and Platinum Badge holders.

Tickets will also be on sale to the public here.

In other Residents SXSW news, a new documentary titled Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents premieres during the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday, March 14, at the Violet Crown Cinema. Directed by Don Hardy, it examines the group’s 40-year legacy of composition and confusion. The screening will be open to Music badges on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20.

Homer Flynn, secretary of the Residents’ governing body, the Cryptic Corporation, speaks at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 18, in the Austin Convention Center Room 12AB.

SXSW also announced the first of its free concerts, which are open to the non-wristband or badge-wearing public. The all-Latin lineup features Grammy-winning Tejano/Norteño giants Intocable, who headlined Austin’s Pachanga Fest in 2013, as well as Colombian festival favorites Bomba Estéreo and Compass, which is a project combining electronica standouts the Mexican Institute of Sound and Monterrey-based DJ Toy Selectah.

That concert, part of SXAméricas, takes place Saturday, March 21, at Auditorium Shores. Those grounds, overlooking Lady Bird Lake, were sorely missed last year as the free shows were orphaned to nearby Butler Park due to construction. It will be free to the public via Guest Pass wristbands, which you can snag at the event or beforehand at various pickup locations as detailed here.

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