Killer Wales Attack!
Polly Mackey & the Pleasure Principle (Wed., 1am, the Ale House)
Mackey's buttery Welsh pipes sold out every single one of her nine SXSW 2009 showcases.
Straight Lines (Wed., 7:15pm, Austin Music Hall; Thu., 12mid, Opal Divine's)
"All [Their] Friends Have Joined the Army," but somehow they still manage to rock the fuck out. Must be the ingratiating Welsh weather.
Cate Le Bon (Sat., 9pm, Latitude 30)
Cardiff's most entrancing voice – equal parts Nico and absinthe. – Marc Savlov
Three Kiwi MCs
David Dallas (Fri., 8:30pm, Club 115)
Soul samples and clowning on Steve Rifkind made for Something Awesome in 2009.
Young Sid (Fri., 9:10pm, Club 115)
Would've made so many hits with Scott Storch.
Mr. Sicc (Fri., 9:45pm, Club 115)
This year's Cannibal Music features Slim Thug, MOP, and D12's Bizarre. Cannibal music. – Chase Hoffberger
Four Brazilian Nuts
Lucy & the Popsonics (Wed., 11pm, Barbarella)
Lo-fi guitar duo from Brasilia raises a racket. No, Lucy, I wanna be your Tamagotchi.
M. Takara 3 (Wed., 11pm, Copa)
Largely instrumental beats from Guarulhos soundscaper Mauricio Takara morph into funky percussive affairs onstage.
Copacabana Club (Thu., 12mid, Esther's Follies)
Indie pop darlings from Curitiba craft carefree melodies conveniently sung in English.
Erika Machado (Thu., 9pm, Mi Casa Cantina)
Belo Horizonte's quirky songstress returns to Austin with new gem Bem Me Quer, Mal Me Quer. – Thomas Fawcett