Sounds from Spain showcase rocks at SXSW

Garage rockers Agoraphobia are part of a group of artists representing Spain at SXSW 2016.
Garage rockers Agoraphobia are part of a group of artists representing Spain at SXSW 2016. Photo by Nancy Flores.

Sounds from Spain, an organization that fosters and promotes Spanish music internationally, hosted its ninth annual day party at Brush Square Park on Wednesday afternoon. To get into the Spanish spirit, music lovers were also treated to paella, tapas and sangria.

This year’s mostly rock-inspired lineup included Juventud Juché, punk band Los Nastys, Sexy Zebras, rockers Agoraphobia, singer-songwriter Juan Zelada and The Parrots.

Photo by Nancy Flores
Photo by Nancy Flores

All-female rock band Agoraphobia, who sing in English, brought a combination of charisma and a feisty edge to their performance. This set the tone for an afternoon of music from a country that despite its musical riches has recently endured an economic downturn that has also affected many of its emerging artists.

Catch all the Spanish acts again at the evening showcase on Friday, March 18 at Lucille (77 Rainey).

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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