Sunny Psychedelia

Lemon Sun

I'd never wanted a musical ringtone before I heard Lemon Sun's upbeat ode to intercommunication, "Telephone." Taking their cue from the Arctic Monkey's sardonic take on the state of the music biz, Lemon Sun put out a masterfully infectious ditty with sing-along chorus perfection that could be the ideal way to let you know your peeps are on the line. The Los Angeles band provide a steady mix of peppy rock with glimpses of soulful percussion backing psychedelic guitar riffs.

But there is a bit of mystery in the air. How did a band that has only been around since 2006 land residencies at the Echo and the Fold so damn quickly? They've already shared stages with Cold War Kids, Rilo Kiley, Silversun Pickups, the Walkmen and the Killers. This makes me suspicious. Is this some sort of supergroup? How did they know exactly what to sing and how to look to get our attention? "Telephone" is irresistible, and they have a beauty for a guitar player. It's like kryptonite for a music critic. There's nothing to hate, just as the little-blue-pill-of-a-name suggests. The Sun shines bright.

Lemon Sun performs with the Shys and Blvd. at Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600; detroitbar.com. Thurs., May 24, 9 p.m. $6.

 
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