SXSW Friday International Bands
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International Rhyme Syndicate
by Thomas Fawcett
Lady Leshurr (Fri., 12mid, Victorian Room at the Driskill)
A saucy British MC who can spit fire with wordplay weirder than Weezy's. Bring your slicker 'cause Lady Leshurr be "Pizzin on Em."
Dope D.O.D. (Thu., 11:10pm, the Jr)
The names of MCs Dopey Rotten, Skits Vicious, and Jay Reaper should offer insight into the grimy brand of horrorcore produced by this Dutch hip-hop collective.
Lazee (Fri., 11pm, TenOak)
The precision flow of this Swedish MC born Mawuli Kulego belies his stage name.
M.I. (Fri., 12mid, Beso Cantina)
The confident son of a preacher man, Nigeria's M.I. proclaims himself Mr. Incredible.
Bliss N Eso (Fri., 1:15am, TenOak)
East and West usually come to mind when you think of hip-hop coasts, but it's a different story Down Under. The "Coastal Kids" video from Bliss N Eso looks like B-roll from the X Games water sports. Fans of Atmosphere will dig these Aussies.
Native Sun (Fri., 10:15pm, TenOak)
This soulful British duo has roots from Mozambique to the Caribbean and pays careful homage to the ancestors in multiple languages.
by Chase Hoffberger
T.I. (Thu., 12:15am, La Zona Rosa)
September's "I'm Flexin" collaboration with Big K.R.I.T. marked T.I.'s reclamation of the Southern crown, which the Atlanta veteran held with a firm grip through much of the 2000s.
Paul Wall (Fri., 10pm, Mexican American Cultural Center)
Royalty in Houston, the people's champ's age-old ethos: "It's a star-studded event when I valet park/Open up my mouth and sunlight illuminates the dark."
Pharoahe Monch (Fri., 12:45am, La Zona Rosa)
The Queens virtuoso is a charter member of the "New York City gritty committee pity the fool that act shitty in the midst of the calm, the witty."
Slum Village (Fri., 1am, Buca Lounge)
The deaths of J Dilla and Baatin shook the core of Detroit's founding MCs, but T3 marches on with help from disciples Black Milk, Elzi, and Dilla's brother, Illa J.
El-P (Fri., 10:30pm, 1100 Warehouse)
The Company Flow founder has stayed young by teaming with Gotham's new guard, Das Racist and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, since leaving his post as CEO of Def Jux.
Juicy J (Fri., 1am, Club de Ville)
A Memphis, Tenn., rap pioneer with Three 6 Mafia, loose-jowled Juicy J drank from the Styrofoam cup of youth when he teamed with Lex Luger on last year's Rubba Band Business 2 mixtape.
Moon Over Ecuador
by Greg Beets
La Vida Boheme (Wed., 1am, Soho Lounge; Fri., 12mid, Maggie Mae's)
This Caracas, Venezuela, quartet's danceable agitprop rock imbues the Ramones' "Gabba Gabba Hey!" chant with newfound insurrection.
Kali Mutsa (Thu., 8pm, Buca Lounge)
Chilean actress Celine Reymond's singing/rapping alter ego clashes the spirit of Bollywood with Andean and Eastern European sounds over an electronic backbeat.
Zona Tango (Thu., 9:15pm, Elephant Room)
Avant-garde fusion composer Pedro Menendez leads this Buenos Aires, Argentina, combo in a singular commingling of tango, jazz, and electronic music.
Prime Ministers (Thu., 10pm, Treasure Island)
These Guayaquil, Ecuador, alt-rockers became fast favorites on MTV Latin America with its 2009 single "Smoking Monkeys."
The Suicide Bitches (Thu., 12mid, B.D. Riley's)
Punk-propelled and fuzzed-out, the Suicide Bitches of Santiago, Chile, immolate everything in its path with a sound that finds its nexus between the Stooges and Mudhoney.
Campodonico (Fri., 12mid, the Loft)
After leading Turbopotamos to stadium-sized success, Lima, Peru's Humberto Campodonico puts his Peter Murphy-style baritone to good use on his solo debut.
Sudakaya (Fri., 12mid, Flamingo Cantina)
Sudakaya's infectious fusion of reggae, ska, and traditional Latin American sounds has adherents far beyond its Quito, Ecuador, home base.
María Volonté (Fri., 7:15pm, Elephant Room; Sat., 9pm, Copa)
This captivating Buenos Aires, Argentina-based guitarist/vocalist deftly incorporates tango, jazz, and folk into a crossover-friendly sound all her own.
Sol Pereyra (Sat., 9pm, Beale Street Tavern)
Córdoba, Argentina, multi-instrumentalist touches on rock, pop, hip-hop, and electronic with her catchy new album, Comunmixta.
by Thomas Fawcett
Zuzuka Poderosa (Fri., 12mid, Speakeasy Kabaret)
Call her thumping, favela-inspired dance music "baile funk" or "Carioca bass."
Tita Lima (Wed., 10pm, Maggie Mae's)
Lima, Peru's ethereal swoon is cool as a caipirinha, her jazzy bossa nova-inspired tunes tinged with just enough psych warble and avant-garde leanings to keep things intriguing.
Agridoce (Wed., 11pm, Maggie Mae's; Thu., 12mid, the Velveeta Room)
A pair of Paulistas create stripped-down acoustic folk songs, beautiful and bittersweet.
Roge (Thu., 11:45pm, Elephant Room; Sat., 8pm, Copa)
Feel-good Musica Popular Brasileira is culled from the classic samba-rock and reggae of Sixties Brazil.
Rosie & Me (Sat., 7pm, St. David's Historic Sanctuary)
Southern Brazilians with banjos?
Tiê (Wed., 12mid, Maggie Mae's)
What's São Paulo, Brazil, singer Tiê growing? A glorious garden of organic, leafy folk-pop tunes.
Sirsir (Thu., 8:50pm, Speakeasy Kabaret)
This electronic mishmash will get your back up off the wall, but when has dance music ever sounded so ... orchestral?
Fim de Feira (Fri., 8:45pm, Copa)
What's happening in Pernambuco, Brazil? For starters, Fim de Feira is revitalizing the regional backland rhythms and preserving the utterly cool tradition of cordel poetry. The subtleties of the six-verse stanzas might be lost on non-native speakers, but these guys are loads of fun.
Gabriel Santiago Quintet (Thu., 8pm, Elephant Room)
Led by guitarist and UT music doctoral student Gabriel Santiago, this quintet draws inspiration from jazz giants across the Americas.
Constantina (Fri., 8pm, the Loft)
For those about to rock in a beautiful, conceptual, minimal, atmospheric sort of way (we salute you).
by Zoe Cordes Selbin
Mother Falcon (Fri., 1am, St. David's Bethell Hall)
Extremely grand and heartbreaking indie rock is played by a small but classically trained orchestra on 2011 debut Alhambra.
Golden Hornet Project (Sat., 10pm, Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn)
Independent, fresh, and contemporary classical music.
The Octopus Project (Wed., 12:30am, Mohawk Patio)
A beautiful and energetic journey through ambient rock, heavy on the theremin.
T Bird & the Breaks (Sat., 12mid, Deseo Centro Lounge)
Sexy soul with horn charts to die for and touches of funk.
Golden Bear (Thu., 1am, the Loft)
Anthemic with big melodies – your little sister's favorite band that you secretly love.
Bnds Wtht Vwls
by Abby Johnston
CFCF (Wed., 7:30pm, Barbarella; Thu., 11pm, the Madison)
Bass-tastic UK DJ can simultaneously script a lazy afternoon and blow your speakers.
Mndr (Wed., 1am, Maggie Mae's Gibson Room; Fri., 9:30pm, Clive Bar)
The Brooklyn-based electronic duo has tutored with the likes of Yacht and Deerhoof.
Jmsn (Fri., 9pm, Club 606)
Also known as Christian Berishaj, Jmsn wrote, produced, and mixed January debut Priscilla. Breakup R&B never sounded better.
Dwntwn (Fri., 9:10pm, Haven)
The accidental duo began recording folk songs on an iPhone. Now it makes high-energy electronic music with New Wave nuances.
Trmrs (Sat., 9:45pm, Headhunters Patio)
The SoCal quartet coined the genre "trash pop," youthful energy heavy on guitar fuzz.
Sbtrkt (Sat., 12:45am, the Madison)
One-upping the mouse head by wearing a native ceremonial mask, obscure British DJ Aaron Jerome blew up in the UK via last summer's self-titled debut and now storms America.
Norway ... Yes Way!
by Michael Bertin
Team Me (Fri., 10pm, the Loft)
The new New Pornographers.
Razika (Fri., 10pm, the Iron Bear)
All-girl ska-ish outfit with candied melodies from the Seventies 2 Tone days.
Shining (Thu., 10pm, Dirty Dog Bar)
Robert Fripp's Norwegian death metal side project.
Audrey Horne (Thu., 12mid, Dirty Dog Bar)
The band's debut, No Hay Banda, won it a Norwegian Grammy for Best Metal Act.
Spirits of the Dead (Thu., 10pm, Red 7 Patio)
Last year's The Great God Plan sounds like 1973. Bummer that Deadly Nightshade is no longer playing bass for the band because, well, Deadly Nightshade.
Philco Fiction (Thu., 10pm, Swan Dive)
Part Regina Spektor, part Solange Knowles.
Marit Larsen (Wed., 10pm, Beale Street Tavern)
Less sugary than Lisa Loeb, more pixie-ish than Patty Griffin.