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The Sound & the Fury

Say bye-bye to Say Revenge!

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If you read the Current on a regular basis (of course you do), you know Christina Rodríguez as both the hostess of The Garage, a WOAI.com webcast featuring local bands, and as "Gigi Rodden," the singer for Say Revenge! Last Wednesday was Rodríguez's last day of work at WOAI, but the band continues. Unfortunately, the band (at least the band's backbone, which is Rodríguez and guitarist Mary "Mayhem" Benavides) will soon make their home in L.A., although "San Antonio will always be our home," Rodríguez tells me. Of course, that's baloney. Another good band leaves town, and that sucks.

It always makes me sad when a good band makes their exit, but it is especially painful when Rodríguez and co. are the ones taking off — Rodríguez was a symbol of the local resistance, and her leaving has me mentally texting myself "WTF?!" over and over. Is Girl in a Coma the only band that can keep San Antonio their hometown and still enjoy success?

Having said that, Rodríguez's boyfriend lives in L.A., and a girl has to love, too. Instead of breaking up the band, they'll continue, and I give them credit for that. Rough Night, Sugar? was a more-than-decent debut that deserves touring behind it. In their present job situation that would've been impossible. So, if it is really about the music, let the music continue, whatever that requires.

Thankfully, The Garage will also continue, now with Michael Botsford at the helm (bands interested in appearing at the show can contact Botsford at michaelbotsford@woaitv.com).

But the girls won't leave just like that: for a band fundraiser (they have a one-week SoCal tour in January), they're throwing a spaghetti plate pick-up party at the Thirsty Camel from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. this Sunday ($6, 5307 McCullough Ave). Besides Say Revenge!, guests include Given A Chance, Deep In The Heart, and DJ JT Moneez. And that's not all: for an extra buck, you can go to "The Kissing Booth" and kiss one of the girls in the band (if you want to kiss them both, you need $2). Warning: a kiss on the cheek, you pervert! If you choose any other spot, you'll be immediately beaten to a pulp by Say Revenge's feared security force led by Mingo, the Westside Butcher. OK, that's a joke. But seriously: cheek only.

It is a bittersweet moment. To Say Revenge! all I can say is: "Good luck in L.A."

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