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Girl in a Coma

For everyone who digs Morrissey's sensitivity but wishes he had a little more sex appeal: Meet Nina Diaz. Occasionally referred to as the "female Morrissey," this spark plug of a singer fronts all-girl San Antonio trio Girl in a Coma after being recruited by big sister, drummer Phanie D, at age 12. Van tours and much cross-­country rocking out ensued, eventually in front of none other than Joan Jett, who signed the group to her Blackheart Records on the spot. It's clear why: The Girls' vibrant guitars recall the good old days of Smiths-style rock, perfectly complemented by Diaz's rich alto — mournful, sultry, smooth and strong.


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