Friday's Pick: Magic Bullets, Dreamdate, Wax Idols, The Lambs

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Magic Bullets

Magic Bullets


Wax Idols

The Lambs

The Knockout

9 p.m., $7

Don't call it a comeback, but Magic Bullets' new album could be referred to as a rebirth of sorts. Since releasing 2006's A Child But in Life Yet a Doctor in Love, the local outfit has gone through lineup changes and solidified its sound, which influenced the band's decision to self-title its second album.

"Not to take anything away from the first album, but this one was conceived with a specific sound in mind," guitarist Corey Cunningham says. "Since the songs had really spanned the majority of our life as a group, it only seemed natural to make it eponymous. It also felt like a fresh start, since we had begun playing with new musicians."

Based around the core of Cunningham, singer Phil Benson, and bassist Nathan Sweatt -- keyboardist Matthew Kallman and guitarist Ryan Lynch defected to local indie-pop heavyweights Girls -- Magic Bullets have been compared to such UK pop specialists as the Smiths, Trashcan Sinatras, and Aztec Camera, with Benson adopting an appropriately Morrissey-esque stage presence. As unveiled in a recent interview on All Shook Down, the band also hears the Pretenders on the new disc, which is the first release on Mon Amie, the New York label run by former Bay Area resident and current Domino Records employee Mona Dehghan.

"We first met her when she was a DJ at KALX in Berkeley," Cunningham says. "Ever since then, it seemed like there wasn't anyone else that we knew who shared the same taste in music." Tonight is the band's first San Francisco show in support of the new album.

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