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Before We Go: News on Girl In a Coma, Willie D, Live Nation, Nameless Sound, Golden Cities and More

Before heading to Fitzgerald's tonight, Girl In a Coma had to make a little pit stop: a courtroom in downtown Houston, where the band's Jenn Alva and Nina Diaz had a preliminary hearing for the felony assault on a peace officer charges stemming from the late-night brawl at Chances back in March. However the case turns out, GIAC's brand-new Trio B.C. is an excellent album.

As you no doubt have heard, Willie D of the Geto Boys has a few legal issues of his own. He was finally able to bond out of jail Wednesday, but was indicted on 15 counts of wire fraud today.

Don't miss one of Houston's fastest-rising indie bands, Ghost Mountain, live on KTRU's The Local Show tonight at 8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters (above), author of Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and Faith Hill's "The Secret of Life," lingers in League City July 19 for the San Benave Concert Series' monthly installment. More information at, but if you talk, they will kick you out.

Live Nation's roll-out of "No-Fee Wednesdays" went pretty well - the company reported a 500 percent spike in business last week. Even though not everyone is biting - "The problem is concertgoing is no longer a regular ritual for most of the public, it's something they do at most once a year, which they overpay for," said online music-biz watchdog Bob Lefsetz - the concert-promoting giant is once again offering tickets sans service fee all day Wednesday at Only for shows at Live Nation-owned amphitheaters such as the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, though.

The Summer session of Nameless Sound's Creative Music Classes for Young People" begins June 16. All classes, offered for youth from kindergarten through eighth grade, are free of charge. See for more.

Keep up with volume-abled Houston post-rockers Golden Cities' very first tour ever on the band's "Space Rock from Space City" blog. They've already seen "a car literally turning across three lanes of traffic & crash into a barricade, with the driver walking away from a completely totaled car" in Atlanta. Stay safe, guys.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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