Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Magic Time

I don't know about you but I'm really liking what I've heard from Memphis band, Magic Kids. I knew, vaguely, in the back of my mind that they were coming to Austin at some point and I sort of thought I had missed it. Lucky for us, the show isn't until Aug 3rd. Then, upon further inspection I noticed that Here We Go Magic are playing Austin the very next night. So, obviously, this means it will be perfectly acceptable for you to wear any and all Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings crap you've got kicking around your apartment. Calling it up, Tuesday and Wednesday August 3rd and 4th will be magical times here in Austin Texas, magical times indeed.

Magic Kids - Hey Boy video via YouTube

Now, both Magic Kids and Here We Go Magic were in town during SXSW 2010. I know, I wanted to see both artists perform but I only ended up catching Here We Go Magic. Ironically, I had already seen HWGM but have yet to see Magic Kids. This changes next month though, tickets for that show at the Mohawk will set you back $10 if you buy in advance, or $12 at the door. Sorry for the faux-video(s), which will probably get pulled from YouTube and probably should BUT I like these songs so...

Magic Kids - Summer video via YouTube

I won't be needing any faux-video to show you Here We Go Magic. As previously mentioned I did see HWGM at SWSW 2010 and I had seen them on tour with Grizzly Bear the previous fall. In a lot of ways it was like seeing two different bands. Their sound has shifted pretty dramatically between albums. The sound is much bigger now but there's still the same great songwriting at the music's core.

Here We Go Magic - Bottom Feeder video via YouTube

I suppose it's unfair to compare a live recording with a studio recording but Tunnelvision is my jam from the previous LP so I'm sharing it here with you now. I find it's best to hear with headphones and/or really loudly so you pick up all the different textures that get added and subtracted. Keeping in mind, of course, that even a decent sounding YouTube video pales in comparison to hearing this on vinyl or even CD, obviously.

Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision video via YouTube

You'll have two chances to catch Here We Go Magic while they're in town, as they'll be performing a free in-store at Waterloo Records as well as their headlining show at Emo's. Tickets for the August 4th show will set you back $10.