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Literate guitar solos should seem out of place on indie discs. So should the sound of small children on a playground, or, god forbid, falling rain. The self-titled debut full-length by Hawthorne, Calif., quintet dios reveals guilt on all counts, yet nothing on any of the album’s 12 tracks comes out seeming contrived—not even the disconcerting Dave Grohl–ishness that creeps into Joel Morales’ vocals on opener “Nobody’s Perfect.” Hawthorne birthed the Beach Boys, and though dios’ breezy slacker-rock is more akin to Grandaddy’s or Neil Young’s, it’s also pretty accomplished for a band that’s played together for little more than a year and a half. The band’s real appeal lies in Morales’ gift for writing classically catchy melodies tempered by wacked-out arranging sensibilities—though not quite as wacked-out as a certain elder Hawthorner’s. Dios plays with Beulah at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Chris Hagan)