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From Texas Standard : Growing up in San Antonio, Nina Diaz was one of those kids who spent a lot of time in her bedroom, singing along to the Smiths and imagining the world beyond. Then she got swept up into the music when her sister and a long-time friend asked her to form a rock band, Girl in a Coma . Her first show came a week before her 14th birthday, and the band quickly outgrew its Texas roots. Drawing from a variety of musical influences ranging from theRamones,to the riot grrl groups...

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With a manager, late summer studio plans with a high profile producer and songwriter, and all the members of the group finally in one city once again (drummer Nate Keeney just graduated from Texas Tech University and returned to San Antonio), things are starting to happen for The Native Roar . As the San Antonio-based group plays in the TPR studio, singer Ethan Medola’s full-throated voice carries over the amplified sound of the band, with socially conscious songs like “Visionaries” and ...

Nathan Cone / TPR

As she writes on her website, Rachel Laven is an “old soul with big dreams and wanderlust.” At age 23, she’s already had plenty of time to age the soul onstage, playing with her family band, The Lavens, as well as solo gigs and guest spots with YesBodyElse. But there’s no hint of weariness as she talks about her nouveau-bluegrass (“newgrass”) project, Sweet ‘Shine & Honey , formed in 2013. She mentions the chemistry she and her fellow band mates, Steven Sellers, Sam Snavely, and Addison...

Dana Clark and Narjis Pierre

In countries around the world, refugees are trying to find their paths out of war zones. Here in San Antonio an organization quietly goes about the business of acclimating refugees to life in the U.S and they're using music to help.

Lennon Maldonado / TPR

Elizabeth Cave is sure of herself, even if she isn’t sure where her music fits in. “People tell me ‘you should try to play clubs, you should go to these open mic nights,’ but I don’t necessarily know if that’s where this music is meant to be [heard],” says Cave. As Cave explains, her songs, which often address themes of social justice, come from deeply Christian roots. “I’ve become very concerned with how governments and people in power treat the poor and disenfranchised of all races, creeds...

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