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Magic Kids at Hi-Tone Café



After releasing their debut album, Memphis, at the end of the summer, the Magic Kids have mostly been on the road, playing festivals, traveling to Europe, and crawling into a van to embark on their first headlining tour. This week they return home for their first local show in nearly three months and have invited a host of newish, youngish, like-minded local bands — Bosco Delrey, Bake Sale, Kruxe, and Judith Stevens — to join them. The band's ramshackle deployment of pre-punk influences — Peppermint Twist rhythms, Foster's Lou Christie-style near-falsetto lead vocals, Beach Boys melodies, girl-group harmonies, twinkling Phil Spector touches, orchestral settings — is not typical of the city's sounds, but "Memphis" for the Magic Kids stands as more of a coming-of-age locale and low-key breeding ground for creativity. The band has always been a joy live and should be in fine form coming off this long series of tours. Be sure to show up early for this celebratory five-band bill at the Hi-Tone Café, Friday, November 19th, as music is set to start at 9 p.m. sharp. Door opens at 8 p.m. For a recent interview with the band, see Sing All Kinds, the Flyer's pop-culture blog, at — Chris Herrington

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