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Magic Kids tour starts TODAY!

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hey, remember in January when we told you about the destined-to-be-awesome Magic Kids/Cults tour? Well the day has arrived, they kick off the journey tonight in Brooklyn. Get out there!

Wed. 3/30 Brooklyn, NY @Knitting Factory*
Thu 3/31 New York, NY @Mercury Lounge*
Fri 4/1 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall*
Sat 4/2 Montreal, QC @Il Motore*
Mon 4/4 Toronto, ONT @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*
Tue 4/5 Buffalo, NY @Soundland*
Wed 4/6 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
Thur 4/7 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
Fri 4/8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry*
Mon 4/11 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
Tue 4/12 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
Thu 4/14 San Francisco, CA @The Independent*

 

*w/ Cults

If you haven’t gotten your hands on ‘Memphis‘ yet, well, what are you waiting for?

Magic Kids “Hey Boy” and “Cry With Me Baby” (Live At Levitt Shell)

By truepanthersounds on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

To celebrate Magic Kids’ release of Memphis a little over a month ago, the band joined together with the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra to bring the arrangements of their debut to life. Levitt Shell, supposed home of Elvis’ first public performance hosted every type of Memphian- young and old came together to share the music, Zach from Goner gave a beautiful introduction. The band rolled through their record with confidence and fun- they charmed us, Bennett led the band, almost falling off the stage a couple of times….but those songs…flanked by the boom of the full orchestra they were intended to be played with blew us away.

We’ve said it before, but hearing Magic Kids’ songs in that context really drove home the fact that they’re writing timeless, classic pop songs that should be treasured for a long time to come. The night was a memorable one but luckily we have a couple of these videos to help us experience these treasures in full HD vision. Directed by Joel T Rose.

Magic Kids begin a full U.S. tour with fellow-Memphian Bosco Delrey this Friday. Go see them live and catch something special.

Buy Magic Kids Memphis HERE

Fri 11/05 Dallas, TX @ The Cavern Ω
Sun 11/07 Houston, TX @ Numbers Ω
Mon 11/08 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon Ω
Wed 11/10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 Ω
Fri 11/12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/Bosco, Big Troubles
Sat 11/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn Ω w/Bosco, Fergus & Geronimo, Sweet Bulbs
Mon 11/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern Ω
Tue 11/16 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Ω
Wed 11/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird Ω
Thu 11/18 Nashville, TN @ The End Ω
Ω = w/Bosco Delrey

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Magic Kids in Europe, new date added

By Stuart on Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The wheels on the Magic Kids tour bus keep on turning during their super busy European tour and just to keep them a little more on their toes we can announce they’ll be playing an extra London show. They now headline the NME Radar show at Upstairs at The Garage on the 27th of October, with support coming from the much-hyped new band Islet. A full list of all their upcoming European shows are below, they’ll also be recording a BBC radio session at Madia Vale while we have them here too!

14th October – Werkstaff, Koln, Germany
15th October – Atomic Cafe, Munich, Germany
16th October – Club Zukunft, Zurich, Switzerland
17th October – Rocket, Milan, Italy
18th October – Point Emphere, Paris, France
19th October - Jercicho Tavern
, Oxford, UK
21st October - Louisanna
, Bristol, UK
22nd October - The Social, Nottingham, UK
23rd October - Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
24th October - The Cluny
, Newcastle, UK
25th October - Nation of Shopkeepers
, Leeds, UK
26th October - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
27th October – Upstairs at the Garage, London, UK
28th October - Lexington, London, UK

Magic Kids “Candy” for Yours Truly

By truepanthersounds on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Magic Kids were in the Bay Area for the first time. They played Valentines Day with Girls and Smith Westerns the night before and it was a beautiful show. The next day they cobbled together this orchestra, which features Christopher + Garrett from Girls, Max from Smith Westerns, some friends of someone’s aunt who had a weekend flute club, a real string section and some more random friends to play this early version of Candy for the Yours Truly guys. It was kind of a rainy day but it felt so warm in that room. Hope you enjoy. Video is hosted HERE on your’s truly’s site which also has a nice letter from the band.

The band is leaving for Europe this week and coming back for a tour of the states. Tour dates HERE

Order Magic Kids Memphis HERE

Magic Kids new video “Superball”

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This week Magic Kids released their record, played a symphony accompanied show for 500 of their hometown friends and fans, and left for a week-long instore tour. But the news doesn’t stop here. Happy to share this new video for “Superball” directed by Jack Ferry. Evokes some simple classic vids, faces, instruments, soft-focus lights…eternally into it.

Order Magic Kids “Memphis” HERE (and get an instant mp3 download of the album)
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Thank You Memphis

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010


Tonight’s Magic Kids show at the Levitt Bandshell was really really special. Thank you to the hundreds of people that came out, the Memphis Youth Symphony who helped realize the ambition of the band’s arrangements, Goner Records for selling (and selling out of) the album, and of course Magic Kids. The city of Memphis is truly a strange and wonderful place and I can’t think of a more strange and wonderful tribute than tonight. Really bowled over.

Also really excited about the response people have been having to the record. Reviews are trickling in little by little but so far so good. Prefix assigned it one of the top 3 scores they’ve given any record so far this year. Thank you. A few nice selections below….

PREFIX- “A truly ineffable pop album. The Magic Kids are going at your heart with every melodic tool in their arsenal — shouts and synths, strings and sugary production — all in an effort to make your summer (or fall, or winter, or old age) that much better.”

Washington Post- “more than a simple exercise in retro charm … a fully realized and immaculately executed pop vision.”

One Thirty BPM- “Memphis is a little record that sounds massive ….Memphis is a truly lovely album, one that can transport even the most cynical of grizzled old folks back to the glory days of their youth, and a very promising start to a band’s career.”

Lincoln Journal Star- “”Magic Kids have created some magical, gorgeous classic pop here, one of the most pleasant and engaging surprises I’ve heard in months.”

Order Memphis HERE

Magic Kids Memphis out NOW (Cassette + Symphony + Dates)

By truepanthersounds on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010


Magic Kids’ pop-odyssey MEMPHIS hits the streets today. We’re celebrating the occasion on a few fronts. For those of you all over the world, we pressed up a very limited edition surprise version of the album on Cassette. It’s limited to 250 copies to be sold at a few future shows, but for the time being, you can purchase the tape (along with CD/LP) until it runs out on the True Panther and Matador stores. Get an instant mp3 download of the record with order as well.

Order CD/LP/Tape/DA HERE

For those of you in Memphis, the band are celebrating the album’s release with a really special one-time performance alongside the Memphis Youth Symphony. Memphis is flipping out about the event, a benefit for MYS and a special way for the band to capture the more baroque elements of the record in a way that’s difficult to on the road.  You can read about it here, here and here. Supposedly the Levitt Shell is where Elvis played some of his first shows. YES!

For those of you in the rest of the country, the band are embarking on basically a 3-month world tour that starts out with a tour of Southern independent record stores, TOMORROW. Can’t stop wont stop.

Wed. 8/25 Knoxville, TN Disc Exchange 6pm
Thu 8/26 Atlanta, GA Criminal Records 7pm
Fri 8/27 Charlotte, NC Lunchbox 6pm
Sat 8/28 Cincinatti, OH Shake It Records 6pm
Sun 8/29 St. Louis, MO Vintage Vinyl 6pm
Mon 8/30 Nashville, TN Grimey’s 6pm
09-01 Lubbock, TX – The Foundation *
09-03 Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09-05 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
09-08 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
09-09 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
09-10 Portland, OR – Backspace- Music Fest NW *
09-11 Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective *
09-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09-14 Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
09-16 Lawrence, KS  – Replay Lounge *
10-1 London, UK @ Barfly
10-2 London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries
10-3 Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar
10-5 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
10-6 Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave
10-7 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
10-8 Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket
10-9 Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono
10-10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
10-11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
10-12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades
10-13 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
10-14 Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt
10-15 München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe
10-16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft
10-17 Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry)
10-18 Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
10-19 Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern
10-21 Bristolm UK @ Louisanna
10-22 Bristol, UK @ The Social
10-23 Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
10-24 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
10-25 Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
10-26 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
10-27 London, UK @ TBC
10-28 London, UK @ Lexington
Fri 11/05 Dallas, TX @ The Cavern Ω
Sun 11/07 Houston, TX @ Numbers Ω
Mon 11/08 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon Ω
Wed 11/10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 Ω
Fri 11/12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge Ω
Sat 11/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn Ω
Mon 11/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern Ω
Tue 11/16 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Ω
Wed 11/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird Ω
Thu 11/18 Nashville, TN @ The End Ω
* w/Candy Claws
Ω= w/Bosco Delrey

Glasser- Home (mp3) from Ring

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Glasser’s Ring is arriving in our hands September 28th but for now, here is the first taste of Ring entitled “Home”. The song remains in line with the Glasser we’ve heard before, eclectic and beat-driven with instrumental melodies often driven by Cameron’s own voice. But there is a depth to both the arrangement and recording which somehow makes the song simultaneously intimate and explosive.

Glasser- Home (mp3)

Pre-order Ring HERE and get either limited clear vinyl or limited deluxe cd jacket designed by Tauba Auerbach.

TOUR DATES W/GAYNGS (Feat. Bon Iver)

Sept 29 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall

Sept 30 Chicago, IL @ Metro

Oct 2 Boston, MA @ Paradise

Oct 3 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Oct 4 Brooklyn, NY @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 5 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Oct 7 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Magic Kids to perform with the Memphis Youth Symphony – “Memphis” live in Memphis!

By Gabe on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Next Tuesday August 24th, to celebrate the release of Magic Kids’ debut album Memphis, the band will perform selections from the album live with the Memphis Youth Symphony at the legendary Levitt Shell in, you guessed it, Memphis. We’re told Elvis played his first show at the Levitt Shell (but we can’t remember who told us).

This is Memphis the way it was meant to be heard (and you can hear it how it actually sounds at the band’s MySpace where the album is streaming).

Admission to the concert is $5, all of which goes directly to the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. Doors are at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30.

Pre-order Memphis here.

Memphis Everywhere: A Magic Kids Event In New York

By truepanthersounds on Friday, August 13th, 2010

Hey New York, you’re formally invited to celebrate the release of Magic Kids‘ debut album ‘Memphis‘ on August 26 at Stanton Public (17 Stanton St). We’ll be celebrating the album’s release (it comes out 8/24) with our friends at The Fader with complimentary food and beverages. We’ll also be giving away cassette tapes of the album to a few lucky winners!

Magic Kids MEMPHIS EVERYWHERE In-store Tour

By truepanthersounds on Friday, August 6th, 2010


To celebrate the 8/24 release of their debut album Memphis, Magic Kids are going on an epic in-store tour to visit all of their favorite Southern independent records stores. Each store will host a free in-store performance and have some goodies to share with people that show up. All this will be benchmarked by a really really really special Memphis release-date performance that we can’t quite tell you about yet….but it is gonna be amazing. Ok, come say hello!!! MEMPHIS EVERYWHERE!!!!!

Wed. 8/25 Knoxville, TN Disc Exchange 6pm
Thu 8/26 Atlanta, GA Criminal Records 7pm
Fri 8/27 Charlotte, NC Lunchbox 6pm
Sat 8/28 Cincinatti, OH Shake It Records 6pm
Sun 8/29 St. Louis, MO Vintage Vinyl 6pm
Mon 8/30 Nashville, TN Grimey’s 6pm


Magic Kids
- Superball (mp3)


Image from Steve Louie’s Flickr

Magic Kids “Superball” (mp3) + More Tour Dates

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Magic Kids are serious about the craft and composition of rock music. Superball, off of their debut record Memphis out 8/24, demonstrates this incredibly. Using the tools they sharpened in their old D.I.Y. bands, The Barbaras and Girls of the Gravitron, they set out to do something classic: take the simple and skeletal structures of rock and garage songs and build into pop epics. The horns, strings and synths are not trim or embellishments but crucial components of their unique compositions. You may have heard an early demo of this song on the 7″ split with the Smith Westerns but this is the version that defines it. We hope you find it as immediate and enthralling as we do.

Magic Kids- Superball (mp3)

Pre-order Memphis and get an instant mp3 download of the WHOLE ALBUM HERE

Magic kids also have more new tour dates that will take them across the country with their neighbor and friend, Bosco Delrey. Memphis isn’t about mourning an era of music that is gone, rather, adding another chapter to the story and Bosco is a perfect companion for this mission. MEMPHIS EVERYWHERE!

Fri 11/05 Dallas, TX @ The Cavern Ω
Sun 11/07
Houston, TX @ Numbers Ω
Mon 11/08
Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon Ω
Wed 11/10
Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 Ω
Fri 11/12
New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge Ω
Sat 11/13
Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn Ω
Mon 11/15
Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern Ω
Tue 11/16
Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Ω
Wed 11/17
St. Louis, MO @ Firebird Ω
Thu 11/18
Nashville, TN @ The End Ω

Ω= w/Bosco Delrey

Current Dates:
09-01
Lubbock, TX – The Foundation *
09-03
Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
09-04
Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09-05
San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
09-08
Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
09-09
Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
09-10
Portland, OR – Backspace- Music Fest NW *
09-11
Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective *
09-13
Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09-14
Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
09-16
Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge *
09-17
Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe *
10-1
London, UK @ Barfly
10-2
London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries
10-3
Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar
10-5
Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
10-6
Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave
10-7
Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
10-8
Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket
10-9
Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono
10-10
Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
10-11
Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
10-12
Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades
10-13
Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
10-14
Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt
10-15
München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe
10-16
Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft
10-17
Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry)
10-18
Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
10-19
Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern
10-21
Bristolm UK @ Louisanna
10-22
Bristol, UK @ The Social
10-23
Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
10-24
Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
10-25
Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
10-26
Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
10-27
London, UK @ TBC
10-28
London, UK @ Lexington
* w/Candy Claws

Magic Kids European Tour Dates and Download Album NOW

By truepanthersounds on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

(photo by Greg Giannukos)

EUROPEANS! Magic Kids are on tour right now with Ariel Pink, just announced a whole slew of new US Dates but guess what….your time has come!

Starting October 2nd in London, Magic Kids are setting off across your fine continent! Make sure to show them a good time.

Order MEMPHIS now on CD/LP and get an instant high-quality mp3 download of the album. Order HERE

OCTOBER
Fri 10/1 London, UK @ Barfly
Sat 10/2 London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries
Sun 10/3 Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar
Tue 10/5 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
Wed 10/6 Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave
Thu 10/7 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
Fri 10/8 Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket
Sat 10/9 Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono
Sun 10/10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
Mon 10/11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
Tue 10/12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades
Wed 10/13 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
Thu 10/14 Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt
Fri 10/15 München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe
Sat 10/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft
Sun 10/17 Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry)
Mon 10/18 Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
Tue 10/19 Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern
Thu 10/21 Bristolm UK @ Louisanna
Fri 10/22 Bristol, UK @ The Social
Sat 10/23 Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
Sun 10/24 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
Mon 10/25 Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
Tue 10/26 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Wed 10/27 London, UK @ TBC
Thu 10/28 London, UK @ Lexington

More dates for Magic Kids

By truepanthersounds on Monday, July 19th, 2010

image from Steve Louie‘s flickr

We’re getting closer and closer to Magic Kids’ Memphis August 23rd release. Magic Kids are currently on tour with Ariel Pink, and coming to NYC for a special couple of shows (including a Magic Kids CRUISE! Does that mean rest? Nope…it means more tour dates….a whole lot of them. New dates in bold. Most of the run is with Colorado’s excellent Candy Claws. Should be a good run!

Magic Kids- Summer (mp3)
Pre-order Memphis HERE (and get a free poster and 10% off)

07-19 Minneapolis, MN – Entry #
07-20 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
07-21 Detroit, MI – Pike Room #
07-22 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club #
07-23 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa #
07-24 New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza #
07-25 Boston, MA – Middle East #
7-26 New York, NY Rocks Off BOAT RIDE buy tickets HERE
07-27 Philadelphia, PA – JB’s #
07-28 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
07-29 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
07-30 Atlanta, GA – Earl #
07-31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree #
08-02 Denton, TX – Hailey’s #
08-03 Austin, TX – Mohawk #
09-01 Lubbock, TX – The Foundation *
09-03 Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09-05 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
09-08 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
09-09 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
09-10 Portland, OR – Backspace- Music Fest NW *
09-11 Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective *
09-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09-14 Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
09-16  Lawrence, KS  – Replay Lounge *
09-17 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe *

# with Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct
* with Candy Claws

Magic Kids NYC: Let’s Go Sailin

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, July 15th, 2010


Magic Kids
are taking a one-day break from their nationwide tour with Ariel Pink to take us all out on a boat ride around the East River.

On Monday July 26th, we invite you to come sail around the East River with us and the band. We’ll be sailing on the SS Half Moon, which can fit a fraction of the number of people that Irving Plaza can (where they’ll play the weekend before). It’ll be intimate, joyous, sun-drenched fun. We’ll be kicking off at 8pm, but boat starts boarding at 7. There’s beer and BBQ, and we honestly can’t think of anything better than hearing Magic Kids’ “Sailin’” played full blast while circling around the Statue of Liberty. USA!

Buy Tickets HERE
Pre-Order Magic Kids Memphis
HERE

If you’re not in NY, you can still catch Magic Kids on tour with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Puro Instinct at the below dates….
07-16 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
07-17 Denver, CO – Bluebird #
07-19 Minneapolis, MN – Entry #
07-20 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
07-21 Detroit, MI – Pike Room #
07-22 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club #
07-23 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa #
07-24 New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza #
07-25 Boston, MA – Middle East #
7-26 New York, NY Rocks Off BOAT RIDE buy tickets HERE
07-27 Philadelphia, PA – JB’s #
07-28 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
07-29 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
07-30 Atlanta, GA – Earl #
07-31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree #
08-02 Denton, TX – Hailey’s #
08-03 Austin, TX – Mohawk # # with Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct

Magic Kids Present MEMPHIS (w/MP3)

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

True Panther is incredibly excited to announce that on August 24th Magic Kids‘ debut album Memphis will see the bright, gleaming and summery light of day. Recorded in the Memphis studio of Doug Easley over the course of several months it is an attempt to re-frame the city, not as the home of musical eras long-gone, but a place where crumbling neighborhoods hidden BBQ places, and closed-down roller rinks are all enveloped by a thick summer air, and a sense of MAGIC.

What Magic Kids share with last century’s masters- Jeff Lynne, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks–  is a belief in the promise of the pop song; in the ability to take a tiny and simple melodic gem, a small moment of wide-eyed sincerity, and translate it into something that is bursting with life. The arrangements and colors hinted at with their singles on Goner and Fat Possum, are in full bloom on the album. There are touches of late 80s Britpop, the Delphonics’ heartbreaking harmonies, ELO’s grandeur, and Belle & Sebastian’s intimacy. And MEMPHIS. While home to artists that range across genres- the music of the city is honest, robust and joyful- often made by iconoclastic, rebellious and larger-than life musicians. This is the Memphis where Magic Kids were born, where Bennett, Al, Ben, Michael, and Will grew up playing in garage bands, hanging around Goner Records and listening to records. It’s also the city that houses the orchestra of musicians they called upon to realize the sound and ambitions planned for this new collection of songs.

Memphis reminds us of some of the first exciting moments of becoming a lifelong music listener. The excitement, sounds, lush harmonies, and celebration. Their music isn’t positive because of the difficulties of life, but in spite of them. They are close to our hearts because they believe that no matter what the circumstances are, deliberate hard work and ambition mixed with joyous honesty still make it possible to craft classic, beautiful, and eternal pop music.

This first song “Summer” is a slightly more restrained and nuanced than what you may have heard before. In the words of the band “this song isn’t ‘fun in the summertime’ kind of summer, but more the wistful, fighting-loneliness-with-your-friends kind of summer.” We felt like sharing this one because honestly, it’s torture watching summer days blaze by without people having this mellow anthem at their disposal. So here we go. Enjoy the summer!

Magic Kids- Summer (mp3)
Pre-order Memphis HERE (and get a free poster and 10% off)
On-Tour with Ariel Pink this Summer


(Photo by Alejandra Sabillon)

Magic Kids touring with Ariel Pink!

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Magic Kids have spent the last few months putting together their debut True Panther record due late this summer. Now that they’re done you wonder what they’re going to do with their time? Well, going on a national tour with Ariel Pink of course! The guys have made a suite of perfect, impeccably arranged and jubilant pop so we’re excited for the country to get a chance to get familiar with their stuff as soon as possible! Not to be missed.

07-09 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
07-10 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s #
07-12 Portland, OR – Doug Fir #
07-13 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s #
07-14 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore #
07-16 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
07-17 Denver, CO – Bluebird #
07-19 Minneapolis, MN – Entry #
07-20 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
07-21 Detroit, MI – Pike Room #
07-22 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club #
07-23 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa #
07-24 New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza #
07-25 Boston, MA – Middle East #
07-27 Philadelphia, PA – JB’s #
07-28 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
07-29 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
07-30 Atlanta, GA – Earl #
07-31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree #
08-02 Denton, TX – Hailey’s #
08-03 Austin, TX – Mohawk #

# with Ariel Pink and Pearl Harbor

News From the True Panther Universe

By truepanthersounds on Friday, February 26th, 2010

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

It’s snowing like crazy here in NYC but True Panther Sounds remains bundled up, huddled away and working hard. Taking a few precious moments every day to find good youtube videos, but also putting out a bunch of records. Wanted to give y’all the latest update in the True Panther Universe..

This last Tuesday, 3/23, we released two brand new records.

Hunx and His Punx‘ “Gay Singles”
We initially released a limited vinyl pressing this last year, but after blowing through them we re-pressed it on LP/CD/DA. It now has slightly different cover art, a cd that includes all the videos, better quality vinyl, and a free mp3 download with each record. PLUS it’s cheaper than before. The songs are classic glammy, and gay. They’ve gotten better with each listen. Lookout for national and international tour dates in the next few months.
Order HERE (and get a free Chiphunx CD)
U Don’t Like Rock’nRoll (mp3)

Morning Benders “Promises” 7″

This is a limited edition single from one of our favorite new bands. Their record is coming out on Rough Trade, but this first single is all ours! It’s limited and features an exclusive b-side “Oh Annie”, a more plaintive and restrained version of the band. Enjoy!
Order HERE
Promises (mp3)


We’re also putting out 3 brand new 12″/digital records on March 9th! New releases from Tanlines, Lemonade, and Janka Nabay. Each record is a totally unique incantation of the dance music spirits- Janka electrified the Bubu dance music of his native Sierra Leone, Lemonade mixed every kind of electronic music from the last 30 years in a big caribbean fruit salad, and Tanlines are making “new music” , coalesced from tropical sounds and restrained house. We’re just going to call it all “Yes Wave”.

Get all three records in a bundle for only $25 and get instant downloads of the singles and a few exclusive remixes. Order HERE

Order Tanlines- Settings HERE
Real Life” (mp3)
Order Lemonade- Pure Moods HERE
“Lifted” (mp3)
Order Janka Nabay- Bubu King HERE
Eh Congo” (mp3)

We’re also having a big show to celebrate the release of the 12″s. Hope to see some of you in the New York are there!

That’s it for the update for now. Hope you enjoy the records. We have some great stuff on the burners for the new year, full-lengths from Glasser and Magic Kids. Releases from Teengirl Fantasy, The Bitters, and Real Estate. Stoked!!

Say Hello to Magic Kids

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

(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