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

SXSW is over but there's always YouTube

And if SouthBy is over, that means the all-LGBT music fest, GayBiGayGay has come and gone too. Taking place on the last day of SXSW, GBGG is merely a backyard affair filled to the brim with specifically LGBT bands and artists. Think Woodstock, just smaller and gay and just so Austin. So far, not much video footage from GBGG seems to have made it to the Interwebs, but I did find this vid of queercore quartet The Shondes rocking the night away.

The lesbi-punksters are back on the road (not including Dallas– boo!) even before their newest album comes out. My Dear One is set to drop May 4.

—  Rich Lopez

If you didn't run the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon, then you probably missed Eric and the Adams

Tulsa trio  Eric and the Adams jaunted down to Dallas over the weekend to play Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen. They captured some of the footage on their latest YouTube posting, a video diary appropriately titled, “one minute, day, week, month in the lives of Eric and the Adams!”

They head back to Tulsa and then down again to play SXSW which I didn’t find on my official festival schedule. However, they add to my goal of finding the LGBT acts that are playing the Austin fest. Their MySpace page schedule lists them to play at Touche (with God-des and She on the bill) on Thursday and Darwin’s Pub on Friday as part of the Red Gorilla Music Showcase.

—  Rich Lopez

What's so gay about SXSW — not too much, but that's OK

Today starts South By Southwest 2010 and throngs of people, bands, filmmakers and bloggers have made their way to Austin to tweet, screen and rock throughout next nine days. Today starts the interactive and film part of the conference with sessions on new media and a whole lot of film screenings. The music officially starts Wednesday, Mar. 17.

Although I won’t be making it down there, I did take a look over the schedule to see how gay the conference is going to be. Not counting the unknown gay actor in that movie or the lesbian keyboardist in this band that would be too tedious to track down, I went through and checked off the obvious LGBT stuff. It just so happens, there isn’t that much. Not a surprise really, but I’m beginning to think that it would be nice if there was an actually LGBT-specific aspect to SXSW.  Or better yet, just create one here in Big D. I guess that’s a whole other topic.

If you’re making the road trip down to Austin, you can look at my created schedule of meet-ups, films, bands and other events with gay content if you’re on the lookout. Don’t let the site’s schedule be the end all for your searching though. Anne McCue, who we featured in this week’s issue, is performing but not on the SXSW scheduler. Nor is bounce artist, Vockah Redu. Let me know if I missed anything!

And don’t forget on the last day of the conference (although not part of the official festivities), GayBiGayGay, pictured, starts at noon. They don’t give many details on their site but this last day alternative  is an honest representation of queer music culture. The DIY-type music fest solely consists of LGBT bands and artists.

—  Rich Lopez