Magic Kids at Hi-Tone Café 

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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 memphisflyer.com/blogs/singallkinds. — Chris Herrington

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