I didn't really know what to expect when I touched down in Austin yesterday for the kickoff of SXSW, but the past 24 hours have been a mindblowing, eardrum-obliterating whirlwind. Here are my stats after one night:
Shows seen: 5
Kickass sets by Latina artists: 3
Late-night pizza slices/empanadas consumed: 3 (yikes!)
I have tons of great performances to share with you already, but let's start things off with Girl in a Coma (myspace.com/girlinacoma), who were featured in Latina's Best Latin Music You Don't Know package last summer. This San Antonio-based trio of mexicanas—sisters Nina Diaz and Phanie Diaz and their childhood friend, Jenn Alva—played the Girls Rock Camp showcase at Maggie Mae's and previewed tracks from their new album, dropping June 2. All eyes were fixed on lead singer Nina, who playfully batted her eyelashes while belting out those Karen O-esque, garage rock vocals.
Press play below to watch a video of the girls performing "Their Cell," which was definitely the crowd favorite of the night.
My goal tonight? Double those first two numbers in my stats, and leave the last two unchanged. Tune in tomorrow to see how I do!
WATCH: Girl in a Coma perform "Their Cell" at SXSW