The South by Southwest Music and Media Conference should be on the agenda of every Latina that loves indie música! Celebrating its twenty-fifth year, SXSW will take place in Austin, TX from March 16th – 20th. We scrolled through the list of 1,978 acts and found five Latinas, and one pretty in punk all- female band, that every girl needs to know. Check them out below:
1. SXSW: Las Robertas
Roots: San José, Costa Rica
Las Robertas, formed in early 2009, is made up of four mujeres: Monserrat Vargas, Mercedes Oller, Lola Miche, and Ana M. Valenciano. Just after one year in the music scene, they debuted their first LP, Cry Out Loud in Oct. 2010. If you can’t make it out to Texas for SXSW you can check Las Robertas in Brooklyn, NY on March 20th and 23rd.
2. SXSW: Nana Rizinni
Roots: São Paulo, Brazil
Genre: Experimental/ Pop/ Rock
Vocalist and drummer, Naná Rizinni, has been on all over the Brazilian blogosphere. Titled track from her February 2009 E.P., Bacon Eggs was #1 on MTV Overdrive. Rizinni’s song for her 3D animated video, “Estupida,” was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in March 2010.
3. SXSW: Sol Pereyra
Roots: Córdoba, Argentina
Genre: Indie/ Pop/ Rock
Believe it or not, you have heard of Sol before! Artist and actress, Sol Pereyra, was an integral part of Julieta Venegas albums, playing several instruments on Venegas albums, Julieta Venegas: MTV Unplugged and Otra Cosa. On January 3rd, Venegas’ protégé debuted her first album, Bla Bla Bla.
4. SXSW: Tie
Roots: São Paulo, Brazil
Genre: Acousmatic Tape/Alternative/Visual
Tiê is one talented Latina. After winning several “battle of the bands” events, la Brazilianita studies music and composition in New York before touring with Brazilian singer/guitarist, Toquinho. Tiê writes all her music and plays most all the instruments showcased in her album, Sweet Jardim.
5. SXSW: Xenia Rubinos
Roots: Brooklyn, NY (Parents: Cuban/Puerto Rican)
Xenia Rubinos started writing and playing the piano at young age of five. Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Rubinos creates Spanglish punk, soul and electronica music, in her Brooklyn home, on her synthesizer and looping machine.
6. SXSW: Ximena Sarinana
Roots: Guadalajara, Mexico
Born to creative parents — her mother, a screenwriter and father, a film director/producer — Sariñana appeared in 11 films before crossing over into music. Sariñana’s debut album, Mediocre, reached top slots on the Billboard charts and is currently working on her