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Say Hello to Magic Kids

(photo by Gabe Spierer)

We're very proud and honored to announce Memphis, Tennessee's Magic Kids as the newest addition to the True Panther family.When we first saw Magic Kids on three different NY stages on three different days last summer, we fell in love. A cacophony of pop music; 6 band members, numerous guitars, violins, horns, keyboards, everyone in summer mode- three different chilly NY audiences melted.Magic Kids make swelling, heartfelt and beautiful pop gems that recall some of our favorite eternal rock melodies but with an intimacy and excitement that is fully theirs. They do something that is increasingly rare these days- take the time and care to to create pure, perfect, romantic and joyful music.

Here's a little clip we put together from footage a friend sent us. They perform live at Gonerfest, lead-singer Bennett talks in a fake-Michael Jackson voice, they record some music, make some hats, eat some food.
To date, the band have released a tremendous single called "Hey Boy" on Goner Records, and have a forthcoming split 7" w/Chicago's Smith Westerns on Fat Possum. They're leaving for a tour with Girls and Smith Westerns TONIGHT (tour dates below), then getting serious in the new Easley Studio in Memphis. Their debut album will be in your hands later this year.
Mon 1/25 Detroit Bar. Costa Mesa, CA
Tue 1/26 Club Congress. Tucson, AZ
Wed 1/27 The Launchpad. Aburquerque, NM
Fri 1/29 The Parish. Austin, TX
Sat 1/30 House of Blues. Dallas, TX
Sun 1/31 Walter’s On Washington. Houston, TX
Tue 2/2 One Eyed Jacks. New Orleans, LA
Thu 2/4 Bottletree. Birmingham, AL
Fri 2/5 The Earl. Atlanta, GA
Sat 2/6 Exit/In. Nashville, TN
Sun 2/7 The Gargoyle. St. Louis, MO
Mon 2/8 The Blue Note. Columbia, MO
Wed 2/10 Bluebird Theater. Denver, CO
Fri 2/12 Urban Lounge. Salt Lake City, UTSun
2/14 Great American Music Hall. San Francisco, CA

Tue 2/16 The Echo, Los Angeles w/Pearl Harbor, Dunes (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
Wed 2/17 Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
Thu 2/19 Opolis, Norman, OK (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
3/18-3/21 SXSW. Austin, TX

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