Live Review: SXSW 2019 13.03.19 – ft. Pip Blom, San Mei, The Pinheads & WAAX

Friday, March 15, 2019

We've made it to the halfway mark of SXSW and the music festival portion of the event is only beginning to heat up! Last night was another big night and we were lucky enough to catch some more incredible music around the streets of Austin.

San Mei at Augustine
Our evening started at San Mei's set at Augustine, and damn, she was good. Performing with her talented band, she enchanted the crowd with her powerful vocals. She gave the crowd a taste of the bewitching tunes from her recent EP Heaven,  including the title-track and the ever-so-delicate 'Two Planets'. San Mei is one of Australia's best talents and we can't wait until the rest of the world catches onto this up-and-coming superstar.

WAAX at Friends 
We decided to add some more Australian flavour to our night and headed over to Friends to see WAAX, who put on a mighty show during their showcase. The room was feeding off of their energy and you could feel it. Towards the end of their set, WAAX's Marie DeVita mentioned that they had more shows coming up with a guy enthusiastically asking 'Where?", and we think it's safe to say that US audiences are probably going to see a whole lot more of them soon.

Pip Blom at Friends
Before the festival started, Pip Blom was one of our top acts to catch at SXSW and they didn’t disappoint. This outstanding four-piece were lively and the passion they have for what they do truly shined through. Despite the fast nature of SXSW, their set eased poise and composure from the band. A notable highlight included their huge hit ‘Daddy Issues’ which was just as amazing live. If they’re not on your radar yet, you better hurry!

The Pinheads at BB Rileys
We rounded our night of showcases at another Australian set, The Pinheads, who were absolutely wild. They may have only had a few sets in Austin, but they made it count and killed it. They know how to bring the fun and are always a winner in our books.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic