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dios (malos)

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dios (malos) with Scouts Honor The Black Sheep, 2016 E. Platte Ave. Wednesday, May 17, 8 p.m. $8, all ages; call 866/468-7621 or visit ticketweb.com.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce the Band Formerly Known as Dios. They were Dios, that is, until rocker Ronnie James Dio yes, the one lambasted by Tenacious D insisted that the group change its name, lest the general public confuse the young ruffians with his majesty.

The newly monikered dios (malos) hail from the South Bay of L.A., an area known less for starving starlets and wealthy hob-nobbery than for being multi-ethnic, mixed-class and, well, fairly normal. Their rather lovely and laidback indie rock is paced by guitarist/vocalist Joel Morales, along with drummer Jackie Monzon, bassist J.P. Cabellero and keyboardist Jimi Cabeza DeVaca.

The band's second self-titled album (one of the perks of having had two band names) sticks pretty close to the melodic which isn't to say dios (malos) is afraid to mess it up a bit. Tracks like "EPK" feature heartfelt vocals backed up by lush guitar and keyboard work.

Listen to "EPK" and other songs on their Web site, diosmalos.com. Meanwhile, on their rogue site (wearedios.com), check out their Happyland, brimming with educational games, videos, lyrics and a thesis by someone named Doug Krauss, for his master of arts in geography. It makes for pretty hot reading, if you're at all concerned with the modern urban landscape.


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