FRIDAY, JUNE 8: To me, San Diego is home to Pokez, the Padres and now undoubtedly one of my favorite new bands, the Muslims. It’s hard to believe a band that has only been together for five months could sound so modest and impressive at the same time. I was able to get a copy of their five-song demo, recorded in one of the guitar players’ bedrooms, in San Diego last week. Immediately upon first listen, the Fall and Replacements influences are apparent, and at times I hear a hint of the Modern Lovers. The song titled “Extinction” seems to have all the elements of a quintessential pop song. Singer/guitar player Matt Lamkin has an incomparably charming voice that is paired with the unembellished guitar playing of Matty McLoughlin, the catchy bass lines of Emily Neveu, and the snare-kick drummage of Gabe Cross. Live, this band is completely exciting and manifests an energy that most of us have been craving for so long. Also playing is A.M., young kids out of Orange County who commonly play guerrilla-street shows in parking lots with generators and are the poster kids for true DIY principles. A song to listen to is “Brad City,” which has the best little guitar solo made up of no more than five notes and makes you feel cheesy like you’re in love and on a cloud or something. (MS)
WITH DIRT DRESS AND A VIEWING AT PEHRSPACE, 325 GLENDALE BLVD., ECHO PARK. 9 PM / $5 / ALL AGES. WWW.PEHRSPACE.ORG.