Q&A With Girl In A Coma’s Jenn Alva; Playing The Red Palace, July 13th

Q&A With Girl In A Coma’s Jenn Alva; Playing The Red Palace, July 13th

By Ellen Eldridge

I’ll be honest; with a name borrowed from a Smith’s song and a history of hooking up in Junior High School, Girl In A Coma instantly recalled my first attempts at starting a girl group. My basement band never found fruition because my best friend and I couldn’t come up with a decent enough guitarist. It seems not only have the ladies of Girl In A Coma found a threesome worthy enough to tour in sisters Nina Diaz (who joined last) and Phanie Diaz, and Jenn Alva. The hard work and ability to stay true to their ideas led them to the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album, Exits & All the Rest, on Black Heart Records, Joan Jett’s label.

Exits & All the Rest does a fine job of showcasing the girls’ ability to write a good song with a catchy melody and introspective lyric line. Fans who discovered Girl in a Coma because of the 2010 release, Adventures in Coverland, can now find original songs like “Adjust” with a Joan Jett influence and “Control” with a David Bowie vibe, without actually covering songs fans love. Don’t get me wrong though, covering a great song like the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” instantly shows fans from where a newer band’s inspiration comes and showcases the raw talent as well as the ability to make a classic song their own. With the release of Exits, Girl in a Coma breaks free from its roots and starts making its own name.

Jenn Alva took the time to speak with Atlanta Music Guide about the new album and tour.

AMG: Your name comes from the Smiths’ song “Girlfriend in a Coma” – does that song have any special meaning or was it just a favorite at the time? Do you ever cover it?

Jenn Alva: It was one of our favorite songs at the time, and it’s funny because over time favorites change. If I thought about it now a new favorite would be “Wonderful Woman;” it’s such a beautiful song. Morrissey’s song “Ordinary Boys” could have fit us, possibly, if we were Ordinary Girls instead. As far as playing “Girlfriend in a Coma” live – it’s forbidden. I have joked around – only at practice – by playing the bass line though. Read more about Q&A With Girl In A Coma’s Jenn Alva; Playing The Red Palace, July 13th

5GB With Paper Route; Playing The Red Palace, June 22nd

5GB With Paper Route; Playing The Red Palace, June 22nd

Nashville indie rockers, Paper Route, have gained a steady following with their blending of digital-age pop/rock with ambient electronics. They are playing The Red Palace in D.C. on Friday and joined us for our 5GB series before the show. What’s the first gig you ever attended? My dad was in bands throughout my childhood. My first […]

5GB With Midnight Spin; Playing The Red Palace, April 20

5GB With Midnight Spin; Playing The Red Palace, April 20

Brooklynites, Midnight Spin, are making pop-rock and aren’t afraid to not be hipsters. They were voted #1 Best Emerging Artist in 2009 in NYC’s Deli Magazine, and have been steadily building their tribe. They are playing The Red Palace tomorrow night, and joined us for our 5GB series. What’s the first gig you ever attended? […]

5GB With The Jezabels; Playing The Red Palace, April 14th

5GB With The Jezabels; Playing The Red Palace, April 14th

Australia knows indie rock. Take for example, The Jezabels, whose debut album  was voted #6 in the well respected Australian  Triple J Album Poll for 2011. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show at The Red Palace this Saturday, April 14th. What’s the first gig you’ve ever attended? I saw the Gloria Record […]

5GB With The Dirty Guv’nahs; Playing The Red Palace, April 5th

5GB With The Dirty Guv’nahs; Playing The Red Palace, April 5th

Knoxville’s The Dirty Guv’nuh’s have been consistently touring around the South gaining a steady following with their distinct roots, funk, blues and country-rock sound. Their latest album, Youth Is In Our Blood, was produced by two-time Grammy-winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm, The Black Crowes) at Helm’s renowned barn/studio in Woodstock, NY. They are voted Knoxville’s Best Band […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! We’ve got lots of great events available for just $10 a ticket – so have a look and get yourself some entertainment! The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Star Bar, April 4 Satori Trova at Rock and Roll Hotel, April 7 Peelander-Z at DC9, April 15 Bleu Edmondson at […]

Q&A with Rich Robinson, Playing The Red Palace on March 17th

Q&A with Rich Robinson, Playing The Red Palace on March 17th

By Amanda Miles Rich Robinson has lived a lifetime on the stage. The Georgia bred guitarist played alongside his brother in the soulful rock band The Black Crowes for over twenty years. Rich’s initial foray into a solo album began during a Crowes’ hiatus. When the Crowes announced their “Say Goodbye to the Band Guys […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! We’ve got lots of great events available for just $10 a ticket – so have a look and get yourself some entertainment! Good Old War at Vinyl, March 9 Titus Andronicus w/ Screaming Females at The Basement at Graveyard Tavern, March 10 Polica at The Red Palace, March 23 Perfume […]

CD Review: Cloud Nothings — Attack on Memory; Playing The EARL, February 17 and The Red Palace on March 31

CD Review: Cloud Nothings — Attack on Memory; Playing The EARL, February 17 and The Red Palace on March 31

Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory
Carpark

By Al Kaufman

Almost every band for the past five years has made the lead of song for their album, if not their best one, at least one that reaches out and grabs, that pulls the listener in. Dylan Baldi, the man behind Cleveland, Ohio’s Cloud Nothings, does just the opposite. “No Future/No Past” is a long, bass-driven droning number that seems to go on for much longer than its four-and-a-half minutes. But that’s sort of the point. On this Steve Albini-produced sophomore record, Baldi wants you to forget all about the Cloud Nothings more simplistic past. This is a new band with a new sound, even if that sound is Weezer on Quaaludes. Read more about CD Review: Cloud Nothings — Attack on Memory; Playing The EARL, February 17 and The Red Palace on March 31

5GB With Samantha Crain; Playing The Red Palace, Washington D.C. 1/31

5GB With Samantha Crain; Playing The Red Palace, Washington D.C. 1/31

By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn Oklahoma’s daughter Samantha Crain has been the girl who builds her fans brick by brick. Touring with the emerging elite songstresses like Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Katie Herzig, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, Crain is bringing her eclectic sound to stages across the country. She joined us for our 5GB series before her show Tuesday […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! If you’re in the need for an awesome cheap ticket, we have you covered. Here’s a few of the gigs you can go to for only $10: Medications & Cloud Nothings at Black Cat, November 10 AA Bondy at Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack, November 11 Gringo Star at Black Cat, […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! If you’re in the need for an awesome cheap ticket, we have you covered. Here’s a few of the gigs you can go to for only $10: The Features at The Red Palace, November 3 The Blackberry Belles at Rock and Roll Hotel, November 5 HURT at Smith’s Olde Bar, […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! We’ve got a little selection of the gigs that you can get for only $10 a ticket, but you can check out the whole list HERE. Active Child at West Plaza at Black Cat, September 7 Rockmageddon w/ The Issues at Smith’s Olde Bar, September 16 We Are Augustines at […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday everyone! We’ve got a little selection of the gigs that you can get for only $10 a ticket, but you can check out the whole list HERE. Red Bull Soundclash w/ Ludacris and Neon Trees at West Plaza at The Georgia World Congress Center, September 5 Male Bonding at The Red […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Good morning everyone! Happy Ten Dollar Tuesday to you all. Check out a few of the awesome gigs we have for only $10 below, or check out the full least HERE. Purge ATL One Year Anniversary Party at The EARL, August 28 Blind Pilot at Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack, October 8 Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque […]

CD Review: The War on Drugs — Slave Ambient; Playing The Red Palace, September 2 and The EARL, October 13

CD Review: The War on Drugs — Slave Ambient; Playing The Red Palace, September 2 and The EARL, October 13

The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient
Secretly Canadian

By Al Kaufman

Much like Beck is essentially a folk rocker with ambient tendencies, so too are Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs.

The band’s 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, was more of a straight ahead rock and roots affair. Then Kurt Vile left the group for his rather promising solo career and Adam Granduciel became the heart and soul of the now trio. Read more about CD Review: The War on Drugs — Slave Ambient; Playing The Red Palace, September 2 and The EARL, October 13

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Morning everyone! We’re here to start off your Tuesday with some great ticketing deals. Check out all the shows Ticket Alternative has for only $10 HERE. And here’s a few options to get you started: Ben Rector at Vinyl, September 22 Marnie Stern at The Red Palace, September 27 Screaming Females at Black Cat, October […]

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

Ten Dollar Tuesday!

It’s that time again! We celebrate the great gigs we have available for only $10 once a week with Ten Dollar Tuesday. Check out the cheap tickets we have to offer: Cryfest: The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party at Black Cat, August 13. Appetite for Destruction – Guns N Roses Tribute at Vinyl, August […]