Friday Night Magic

November 10th, 2010

Some things just aren’t meant to be. So when the Barbaras flamed out, three members—Bennett Foster (vocals, guitar), Alex Gates (guitar, vocals) and Will McElroy (keys)—banded together with Ben Bauermeister (drums) and Michael Peery (bass, vocals) to start Magic Kids. The Memphis-based group has an old-school sound that earns them favorable comparisons to the Beach Boys. And that sound comes through loud and clear on their first LP, the aptly named Memphis, which combines sparkling arrangements, evocative lyrics and upbeat energy. That energy remains when Magic Kids (above, doing “Cry with Me Baby” with a little bit of help) play live. And they just so happen to be playing live at Mercury Lounge on Friday.