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Sound Check - May 2008

You know who else keeps really good company? Girl in a Coma. Seriously — those ladies even have Joan Jett's name written on their guitar cases. They're also incredibly hardworking — when they aren't touring with Morrissey, they are hitting up small venues on their own and also planning to play in Oklahoma City when the True Colors Tourcomes through on June 23.

When they came to Chicago's dive bar/remodeled garage venue Ronny's, Girl in a Coma played hard and fast to a mixed crowd of indie lesbians and gothic 20-somethings. Lesbian bassist Jenn Alva had an intense energy that was shared by vocalist and guitarist Nina Diaz, whose eyes looked so wide at times they might pop out of her head.

Several people sang along to songs from the trio's debut album Before I'm Gone, and they debuted a new tune called "BB," saying they hope to release a new LP in 2009. No need to rush — the ladies' album landed on the Billboard Heatseeker's chart at No. 23 last week
and at No. 21 on iTunes.