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

RightOutTV names LGBT video award winners

On Sunday, the web-based LGBT music channel RightOutTV named its first winners in its inaugural RightOutTV Video Awards. The nominees were a healthy list of bands and solo artists across the spectrum and judges narrowed down the field to winners in 13 categories.

“Many of the judges reported that it was difficult picking just one winner from such an incredible pool of talent,” awards co-producer Tully Callender said.

“It made us beam with pride knowing that many of the artists were being exposed to these industry professionals for the first time and they were completely impressed…but we knew they would be,” added Marlee Walchuk, Tully’s wife and the other half of the RightOutTV production team.

And the winners are after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

RightOutTV announces nominees for its inaugural music video awards

The last time I wrote about RightOutTV, they were just getting started with their mission of providing an outlet for music videos by LGBT musicians. A year later, the site is about to give out its first awards. They posted the nominees for the first RightOutTV Music Video Awards. OK, it’s not MTV, but the channel, started by Sugarbeach duo Marlee Walchuk and Tully Callender, has remained committed to their mission and the list is a healthy representation of the past year’s offerings by queer musicians. They even have judges!

Texas didn’t fare too well in the nominees list. Actually, it didn’t fare at all. But several artists that we have reported on made the cut including Sonia & Disappear Fear with three noms, Nhojj with two and Melissa Ferrick with one. There are some impressive videos in the bunch but I’m kinda pulling for Yovanni’s “Hello.” The production on that is insanely good.

A list of the nominees is after the jump. Winners will be announced Nov. 27.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Melissa Ferrick (and costume party) at Poor David’s Pub Saturday

It’s interesting that Catie Curtis is performing tonight at Uncle Calvin’s and Melissa Ferrick performs tomorrow. It’s not uncommon to see them on the same bill together. They even teamed up as One Long Earring, a sort of lesbian folk supergroup. Both are on their own this weekend on opposite sides of town.

Ferrick released Still Right Here in September and it’s been riding the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart rather nicely, debuting at the 35 position. Now she and her peeps are trying to land it in the top 20. That might happen after you check out her show Saturday at Poor David’s Pub.

Lesley Godlberg did a fantastic interview with Ferrick in March 2010 for AfterEllen.com. I don’t think I ever realized Ferrick’s song “Drive” was considered a lesbian classic. So hopefully she’ll include it as part of her set list Saturday.

The venue is also hosting a costume party with prizes awarded. Not sure if that will distract much from the show, but what the hell — it’s Halloween.

DEETS: With Elizabeth Wills and Vandaveer. Poor David’s Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St. 7:30 p.m. $16. PoorDavidsPub.com.

—  Rich Lopez