SXSW Saturday Picks & Sleepers

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God-Des & She

8pm, Malaia Upstairs The synergy between this rapper and soul singer goes way beyond butch-femme realness. With a song featured on The L Word ("Lick It" aka "The P*ssy Song"), tours with growly Aussie diva Sia and hip-hop icons Salt 'n' Pepa, and a fresh album, Three, produced by Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) under their belts, these melodic hip-hop honeys are about to set you ... well, probably not straight. – Kate X Messer

Chet Faker

7pm, Maggie Mae's Rooftop; Wed., 2pm, Ballroom G Day Stage, Austin Convention Center Faker's rise from nowhere started when his ambient-folk cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" shot up the music blog tracker hype machine. The South Australian's recently released debut EP, Thinking in Textures, telegraphs the post-dubstep wares he peddles. Also, that's a most excellent pseudonym. – Michael Bertin

Star & Micey

8pm, Cedar Street Courtyard Ties with Ardent Studios paved the way for a sensational guest list on its rocking debut – including Memphis, Tenn., stalwarts such as Big Star's Jody Stephens and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars – but the raw power of this bluegrass-tinged folk-pop combo, led by Nick Redmond, Geoff Smith, and Joshua Cosby makes its stage show all that. Mix in a little mando, glockenspiel, and accordion, and things heat up fast. – Dan Oko

Creed Bratton

8pm, Palm Door Best known for his disturbingly enigmatic character on The Office, Creed Bratton was also a founding member of Sixties AM pop kingpins the Grass Roots. 2010 solo album Bounce Back is understated but way more engaging than your average TV sitcom star effort. Wizened, tongue-in-cheek chestnuts like "Original White Hat Guy" and "Love Me Like You Dance" resonate in the same vein as Shel Silverstein and Hoyt Axton. – Greg Beets

Owen Temple

8pm, Saxon Pub In the tradition of Guy Clark, Central Texan Owen Temple is a craftsman. His real-life vignettes, finely tuned and remarkable for their ability to transport listeners, made last year's Mountain Home a keeper, featuring stories about eccentrics in small towns and the edges of big cities. Temple has so far succeeded by being tuneful in surprising ways and still judicious lyrically. – Jim Caligiuri

The Krayolas

8:25pm, Soho Lounge Straddling San Antonio and Austin with an updated take on Doug Sahm's Tex-Mex hybrid, the Krayolas began recording in '77, the same year that punk liberated conventions as quickly as it flooded cities with garage bands. A few promising singles at the end of that decade and two LPs in the Eighties have led to this current run and a new album, Tipsy Topsy Turvy, which points toward more where that came from. – Adam Schragin

Erin Ivey & the Finest Kind

9pm, Continental Club Austin's overflowing with singer-songwriters, but none are as daring or as playful as Erin Ivey. Last year's Broken Gold wasn't only touted locally but also by L.A. tastemakers Perez Hilton and KCRW-FM. When Ivey performs with B-3 organ, bass, and drums dub trio the Finest Kind, it's uncommon fare, as jazz, soul, and poetry emerge from spaces that are deep and warm and dangerously inviting. – Jim Caligiuri

J Roddy Walston & the Business
J Roddy Walston & the Business

J Roddy Walston & the Business

10pm, Cedar Street Courtyard Baltimore's J Roddy Walston is an extinct species: a kickass, piano-playing rocker. His formidable howl is set over rowdy blues, and though he often portrays himself as a dirtbag in his lyrics, his messages are consistently insightful. The band's debut Vagrant release is good the whole way through, and its live show is known for have a restorative effect on those who have lost their faith in rock & roll.
Kevin Curtin

Carrie Elkin

11pm, Victorian Room at the Driskill 2011 marked a breakthrough year for Carrie Elkin. Call It My Garden was a top pick at year's end among Americana and folk critics. Although the Austinite possesses a college degree in organic chemistry, Elkin's music is paramount, and she brings a gypsy soul to songs that are breezy and unpretentious. She's most recently been touring with partner Danny Schmidt, and they've been earning raves for shows spiritual and uninhibited. – Jim Caligiuri

Carper Family

11pm, Stephen F's Bar The Carper Family are three women whose songs and harmonies recall a simpler time. One of Austin's newest sensations on the traditional music scene, they just returned from Memphis, Tenn., where they lit up the Folk Alliance Convention. While not really a family, on 2011's Back When, they sound as authentic as the Carter Family or the Stanley Brothers, only with contemporary subject matter for women in the new century.
Jim Caligiuri

Kids These Days

11pm, Clive Bar It took only a two-year rise for Chicago's Kids – and they're barely in their 20s – to go from their first gig to playing last year's Lollapalooza. The multi-culti assemblage of hip-hop, jazz, and soul covers everything from old (James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie) to new (Sublime and Ozomatli) punctuated by too-clever lyrics: "My homey carry two nines in the desert/like Gretzky in the sand." – Michael Bertin

The Black Watch

11pm, Treasure Island The Black Watch has put its own spin on British guitar pop since the Eighties, minus the following a combo with that kind of longevity deserves. It's not just persistence that makes TBW worth hearing, either. It's the intelligent tunesmithery of leader John Andrew Fredrick that's made the band a favorite of Jack Rabid and Trouser Press. The group's umpteenth album The End of When comes out later this year. – Michael Toland

The Suicide of Western Culture

11:55pm, Mohawk Half of the mysterious Catalan duo explained the genesis of its name thusly: "I was in a club: glowing lights, house music, drugs, girls shaking their asses. I was lucid for a second, and I thought that Europe was lost." Some might come to the exact opposite conclusion. Sometimes trancey, occasionally raucous, but with circuits instead of microprocessors. Also, often ass-shakable. Curious, no? – Michael Bertin

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