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March 12, 2007
Ramiro Burr: Joan Jett pleased with Girl in a Coma debut CD
Good news for San Antonio's all-female rock trio Girl in a Coma. Rock legend Joan Jett sat in on and was pleased with the production of GIAC's debut CD, "Both Before I'm Gone," which is expected to be released May 1, on Jett's Blackheart Records label. Producer chores were handled by the veteran Kenny Laguna.

Meantime, the trio -- Jenn Alva, bass; Phanie D, drums and Nina Diaz, vocals -- are also preparing for this week's massive SXSW music festival in Austin.

According to Alva, the first single "Clumsy Sky," and video, which was shot at Lerma's nightclub, should be out in a few weeks. Working with Laguna was also a blast:
"We really learned a lot from him and he is also a great storyteller," Alva said.

And as part of the 2007 SXSW fest, the GIAC are scheduled to play at a showcase at 7:40 p.m. Friday at Emo's Main Room.

That is actually a Blackheart Records label showcase which will also feature the Dollyrots, Vacancies, and Jett is hosting it. That will be followed by yet another label showcase with hip-hop artists Cage, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock w Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, El-P, Galactic W Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab and Boots Riley.

GIAC is also playing a Gibson Latin showcase at the Gibson Austin Showroom, 3601 S. Congress, Suite G400, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 on a bill that also includes Chetes, Zoe, and Division Minuscuala. Earlier in the day GIAC and several groups, including The Dollyrots, The Vagrants, Division Minuscuala, Zoe and Chetes. will take part in guitar sessions at the Gibson showroom.