When you name your band Girl in a Coma, some degree of Smiths fandom is implied. But when you do gleaming, melancholy guitar pop as well as this San Antonio trio, people notice. Morrissey notices — he even asks you to open for him on tour. (That happened.)
Now they’re opening for a far less appetizing headliner, Blue October, but don’t let that stop you from seeing them in action Thursday at the Newport. The switch from feminine to outright female alters this sound just enough to make Girl in a Coma sound slightly revolutionary.