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Reviewed by Margaret Moser, November 5, 2010, Music

Magic Kids

Memphis (True Panther Sounds)

Even though Hanson broke out at South by Southwest, Magic Kids aims for some of that Okie mojo with the FX3 demographic. The Memphis-based, mixed-gender sextet stuffs 11 originals into its debut, a backpack of a recording fitted neatly together, stacked like schoolbooks with such forever-young titles as "Skateland," "Cry With Me Baby," "Little Red Radio," and "Candy." As tight and well-rehearsed as any camp band, the Kids' real magic lies in their unsullied embrace of 1960s pop and garage rock with a modern teen sensibility. "Hey Boy" is splashed with such pronounced Beach Boys-style harmonies, it will carry the endless summer vibe through the winter. (Sunday, 12:50pm, Orange stage)


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