The Muckers’ Long Road to Freedom

It’s a humid evening in late May when singer-guitarist Emir Mohsseni takes the stage at New York’s Mercury Lounge. He and his Brooklyn-based group, the Muckers, are opening for Mexico City’s Rey Pila, and as the Thursday night crowd shuffles in, several seem impressed by the danceable psych-rock coming from onstage. In between songs, a sweaty, beaming Mohsseni tells the crowd that playing the Mercury Lounge is a dream come true. Few in attendance know how seriously he means it.

Just two years ago, Mohsseni was 6,200 miles away in Tehran,

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