JCPenney taps Girl in a Coma’s brand new “Heatwave” cover for July national ad campaign

To get in the summertime groove, Girl in a Coma just released their cover of the classic “Heatwave.” Personally, as a big Martha and the Vandellas fan, this made my day and am adding to my summer playlists. But the bigger news is that North Texas-based retailer JCPenney has picked up the song for its July national ad campaign. Whether by coincidence or design, this should reinforce the company’s support of the LGBT population. But they pretty much have won the community over already.

“Heatwave” is now available on iTunes.

—  Rich Lopez

GIAC scores an Independent Music Award

In March, I posted the LGBT nominees for this year’s Independent Music Awards which included RuPaul, Melissa Ferrick and San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma. But GIAC was the only queer act to walk away with an award. At last week’s winners announcement, GIAC tied with Company of Thieves for top indie/alt-rock album for Exits & All the Rest. And deservedly so. Exits is really their best work to date.

The band returns to Dallas later this month as part of this year’s Homegrown Music and Art Festival lineup at Main St. Garden Park in Downtown. Only this time, they come to town as award winners.

 

—  Rich Lopez

RuPaul, Girl in a Coma among this year’s queer Independent Music Award nominees

Earlier this month, the nominees were announced for the 11th Annual  Independent Music Awards and a few queer artists were among the 300-plus artists and bands nominated. The awards celebrate self-published musicians and independent labels. The winners will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges that includes Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Shelby Lynne and Ozzy Osbourne among the mix and will be announced in April.

Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick made the cut with two nominations. Her Still Right Here release from 2011 was nominated for best folk/singer-songwriter album and best acoustic song for “Singing in the Wind.”

—  Rich Lopez

And the nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are …not Dallas Voice

Today, GLAAD announced its 23rd annual media nominees covering ground from movies to television to journalism. Texas didn’t get a whole lot of love this time (does it ever?), but it did get in. For the Outstanding TV Journalism – News Magazine category, local NBC affiliate KXAS TV-5 snagged a nomination for its “GLBT in Texas” Spotlight DFW series which even had a segment devoted to the Dallas Voice. So, we’re kinda in.

For Outstanding Music Artist, San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma is in fine company with fellow nominees, MEN, Lady Gaga, Hunx and his Punx and Beverly McClellan. GIAC was nominated for its 2011 release, Exits and All the Rest.

The A-List: Dallas did not get a nod for Outstanding Reality Program.

For a complete list of nominees, click here or watch the trailer after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

YouTube celebrates National Coming Out Day

Kinda digging YouTube’s efforts at recognizing today as National Coming Out Day. They’ve created a playlist of videos by LGBT bands and artists that is rather impressive. Instead of going with the obvious, they featured an eclectic selection of groups like Xiu XiuHidden Cameras and San Antonio band Girl in a Coma. From YouTube:

In honor of National Coming Out Day, we celebrate bands who make great music…and who also happen to have gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender members. Vive la difference!

Right on! Now finish your day out with the playlist starting with this.

—  Rich Lopez

The Go-Go’s tonight at HOB

They (still) got the beat

Call it nostalgia, call it fun, but all of it’s good. With their iconic infectious ’80s tunes, The Go-Go’s are back (although they said they never went away) and are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Beauty and the Beat. That alone is hard to beleive, but they come to town and for a little chunk of tonight, they’ll take the audience on a little “Vacation.” Lesbi-centric rockers Girl in a Coma from San Antonio open the show.

Check out our interview with guitarist Jane Wiedlin here.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. $40–$75. HouseOfBlues.com.

—  Rich Lopez

SHOW vs. SHOW: Girl Talk and Girl in a Coma

Chick on chick action is fine, but when these indie bands face off, everybody wins

RICH LOPEZ  |  Staff Writer
lopez@dallasvoice.com

Who doesn’t like a good girlfight? No, not those videos where pregnant women street punch each other in a Burger King parking lot. In this installment of Show Vs. Show, we take it to a different level. Girl Talk turns music on its ear with astonishing mashups while San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma fuses indie rock with some Latin flair. Both come to town this weekend, but they’re duking it out here first.

The mashup can be a wonderful thing, especially when mastered by Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk. By taking the heart of one song and the soul of another, he creates astonishing new works. In his latest album, All Day, Cyndi Lauper, the Isley Brothers, Radiohead and Basement Jaxx are some of the few that get his mashup treatment — and the results are magic.

Girl in a Coma might come off as the little band that could, and they are doing it. With surprising career moves and a tenacious touring schedule, the Texas trio knows how to keep everyone’s attention. Last year’s release, Adventures in Coverland, was a surprising album made of covers — risky for a third album from a band without a huge hit under their name. But the album works so well, who cared? With nods to their Hispanic heritage and punk roots, GIAC took on Bowie, Velvet Underground and Selena and created alt-rock gems.

So which girl is gonna rock out the knockout? We have our guesses. What’s yours?

CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE


—  John Wright

LISTEN: Girl in a Coma covers ‘Blue Christmas’

Lesbi-centric trio Girl in a Coma is helping get your Christmas season in full gear. The San Antonio-based band is now streaming their cover of “Blue Christmas,” which you can check out here. I’m still making up my mind on it. Singer Nina Diaz has a great voice, but it’s hard to beat Elvis’ swoony delivery.

GIAC stopped in town recently to perform with the Dresden Dolls at the Granada. If you missed the show, here’s some footage of their performance that night.

—  Rich Lopez

The Dresden Dolls and Girl in a Coma play tonight at the Granada

Girls, comas and dolls — oh my

The Dresden Dolls and Girl in a Coma are perhaps one of the better musical pairings this year. At least for the gay contingent. GIAC rocks out the lesbian in all of us and The Dresden Dolls’ is a given with its dark cabaret act resurrected by Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, much to the delight of  the fans who thought their self-imposed hiatus would never end.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 9 p.m. $29. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Girl in a Coma releases two preview songs today on contest site

San Antonio lesbi-rockers Girl in a Coma have started their Adventures in Coverland contest although I can’t quite figure out the prize. They are releasing songs from Coverland in three volumes and today, their label, Blackheart Records has released the first two. GIAC covers The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is pretty good and Selena’s “Si Una Vez” which blew my mind.

They played “Si Una Vez” at SXSW last month, which you can see here. It’s a great performance, but they pulled it back enough for the recorded version to make it crazy good.

—  Rich Lopez