Ticket Alternative Weekend Picks! Sister Hazel, Richard Marx, Summer Brewfest, and More!

Ticket Alternative Weekend Picks! Sister Hazel, Richard Marx, Summer Brewfest, and More!

Happy Friday the 13th? Superstitious? Then you’re probably steering clear of black cats, ladders, broken mirrors, and cracks in the sidewalk..You should just stay home! BUT that would be LAME when we have so much happening this weekend! We just need the rain to chill out a little and all will be perfect.. Here’s the weekend picks:

Friday July 14th – Girl in a Coma at The Red Palace/strong>

San Antonio indie rockers, Girl in a Coma, are such a bunch of kick-a$$ women that Joan Jett signed them to her label!

Friday July 13th – Murder by Death at Black Cat

Although they were discovered by a hardcore band at a basement show in the punk scene of Bloomington, Indiana, Murder By Death considers horror movie soundtracks to be their main influence!


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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

Picture Book: Girl in a Coma, Pop Pistol, Booyah! Dad and Ezra Lbs at Maxine’s Pub on Friday, January 13

Picture Book: Girl in a Coma, Pop Pistol, Booyah! Dad and Ezra Lbs at Maxine’s Pub on Friday, January 13

By Sarah Spencer

On Friday the 13th of January at Maxine’s Pub in downtown Hot Springs, Ark., San Antonio’s sweethearts and all-girl punk-rockers, Girl in a Coma, returned to promote their new album, Exits and All the Rest. They were supported by fellow San Antonians Pop Pistol with their unique blend of indie rock and electronic trance. Also there in support were Arkansas based bands, Booyah! Dad and Ezra Lbs. Full galleries are after the jump. Read more about Picture Book: Girl in a Coma, Pop Pistol, Booyah! Dad and Ezra Lbs at Maxine’s Pub on Friday, January 13

CD Review: Girl in a Coma — Adventures in Coverland; Playing Black Cat, October 3 and Maxine’s, October 11

CD Review: Girl in a Coma — Adventures in Coverland; Playing Black Cat, October 3 and Maxine’s, October 11

Girl in a Coma
Adventures in Coverland
Blackheart Records

By Al Kaufman

Girl in a Coma are cooler than you. Deal with it.

The all-female San Antonio trio formed over their love of all things Smiths and Nirvana when Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz were still in high school. They took in Phanie’s then 12-year-old sister, Nina, to sing and have never looked back. Joan Jett signed them to her Blackheart label. They got to tour with their idol, Morrissey, and also toured with Cyndi Lauper and the Pogues. This time around they’re playing with the cooler-than-cool Dresden Dolls. Their first two CDs, Both Before I’m Gone and Trio BC, met with great critical success in all the alternative presses. Oh, and they also have a lot of tattoos. Read more about CD Review: Girl in a Coma — Adventures in Coverland; Playing Black Cat, October 3 and Maxine’s, October 11

Q&A with Girl in a Coma; Playing Juanita’s September 1

Q&A with Girl in a Coma; Playing Juanita’s September 1

Girl in a Coma, San Antonio’s sweethearts and all-girl punk rock band, sat down with Ticket Alternative’s Sarah Spencer before their July 14, 2010 show at Maxine’s Pub in Hot Springs, Ark. for a candid look into life on the road, their common interests, as well as some of the life history that inspires them.

It’s nice to meet you guys. Welcome to Hot Springs.

Jenn: Thank you. It is hot.

It is hot! You’ll have to check out that hot water fountain across the street [the natural hot water springs].

Jenn: I know. It’s so cute, though.

Thank you. I love it here. Is it your first time in Arkansas? or Hot Springs?

Phanie Diaz:  Yes
Jenn: First time in Hot Springs.
Live Review: Girl In A Coma at Maxine’s, July 14

Live Review: Girl In A Coma at Maxine’s, July 14

Review and photos by Sarah Spencer

The electricity in the air was palpable in downtown Hot Springs, Ark. Not only had Maxine’s Pub added itself to the Ticket Alternative family earlier this summer, but it has also been attracting nationally- and internationally-known artists to the remodeled and historic venue in recent years. New owners Agnes Galecka and husband Kevin Rogers have really helped solidify the Spa City in the independent live music scene with their new, bigger, relocated stage, a top of the line sound system, quality stage lighting,  and not to mention, an always clean venue and friendly staff. Read more about Live Review: Girl In A Coma at Maxine’s, July 14

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