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Saturday, March 15 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Magic Bullets

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The sextet Magic Bullets formed in San Francisco, California in 2004 with musicians primarily hailing from the Bay area. Writing music inspired by the likes of Orange Juice, The Sound, and The Feelies, The San Francisco Chronicle aptly summarized the music of Magic Bullets as drawing from “the emotional candor and jerky rhythms of the '80s post-punk era to carve a wistful but upbeat niche for itself in San Francisco's indie-pop scene.” “a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love” is the Magic Bullets’ astonishing debut album, released by the Minneapolis record label Words On Music (The Lucy Show, For Against, The Meeting Places) in May 2007. The record is a tour-de-force with 10 songs that make friends with the rich traditions of post-punk (Gang of Four), new wave (early Talking Heads) and C86 (The Wedding Present), whilst introducing themselves to contemporaries influenced by these scenes (The Walkmen, French Kicks) with their own secret handshake. Singer Philip Benson’s poised, dynamic croon towers over his contemporaries, yet does not overshadow his own band’s intricate musicianship – a crafty layering of Felt-esque melodies onto Bizarro-era chords. The clever union of guitarist Corey Cunningham’s aggressive chord-play – taking cues from David Gedge and Johnny Marr – and guitarist Ryan Lynch’s delicate melodies – influenced by Felt and Orange Juice – is on full display throughout the record. Already gaining a huge buzz in the Bay area since their formation in 2004, Magic Bullets have performed throughout California with a variety of acts including The Walkmen, Patrick Wolf, Voxtrot, Elf Power, French Kicks, and Cold War Kids. In March 2007 the band also performed at the annual Noise Pop festival. On October 2, Magic Bullets played with Perry Farrell's Satellite Party at an event in San Francisco curated by Spin Magazine, John Varvatos and GenArt to benefit VH1's Save The Music campaign. The band’s music has also been featured in primetime television shows such as “The Ghost Whisperer” and “One Tree Hill” as well as the independent feature film Kabluey, starring Lisa Kudrow. The video to their first single, “Yesterday’s Seen Better Days,” was accepted and shown at the Queens International Film Festival.

Saturday March 15, 2008 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Bourbon Rocks 508 E 6th St

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