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Latina band Girl in a Coma rocks Riverside
George Paul, Staff writer
Article Launched:06/01/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT

While sorting through a batch of new CDs recently, "Both Before I'm Gone," from female alt-rock band Girl in a Coma, definitely stood out from the pack.

The moniker was inspired by a classic Smiths tune, so it's no surprise the Latina musicians caught the attention of Morrissey collaborator Boz Boorer, who produced their demo in 2004.

Two years later, they signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart Records and were opening for The Pogues, Frank Black and Smoking Popes.

Produced by ex-Sparta members Erick Sanger and Gabe Gonzales (with additional studio work courtesy of longtime Jett musical partner Kenny Laguna), "Gone" is the strongest debut effort I heard last month.

The Texas trio, led by brash singer/guitarist Nina Diaz, is a winsome cross between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Pixies.

Standout cuts include the Smiths-influenced "Celibate Now," early Go-Go's-styled "I'll Ask Him" and ominous "Sybil Vane Was Ill."

Rodney on the Roq just spun the latter tune, along with the seductive Throwing Muses-esque "Mr. Chivalry," on his Sunday night KROQ-FM (106.7) radio show.

Check them out for yourself tonight when Girl in a Coma opens for The Start at The Vibe, 1805 University Ave., Riverside. Cover for the 8 p.m. show is $10. Ages 18 and older only. Visit our web site at to hear music clips.