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Concert Fri May 06 2011

Lose those Mondays Blues with Here We Go Magic @ Schubas, 5/9

This coming Monday, why not shake off the taste of stale office coffee and rid your face of that eye twitch from your cube's fluorescent lighting with a good dose of harmony. Here We Go Magic, with their synthpop noodling and pleasing vocalizing makes for a good time. This band of musical experimenters from Brooklyn always finds a way to cheer me up, even when they're singing about heartbreak and those casually devastating tropes of truly good pop music. The first time I saw them live, when they were opening for White Rabbits at the Metro last year, I was astounded that all the sonic interplay I heard on their self-titled debut album was actually replicated in real time, not through post-production razzle dazzle. These guys are just musically geeky to entrance those who care how their sausage is made (like me) but still entertaining to the music fan just looking for a weeknight distraction at their favorite cozy bar/restaurant/venue.

"Collector" by Here We Go Magic from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

Their new work The January EP, is due to release the day after the show, 5/10/11. Download a free track from it below:

[mp3] "Hands in the Sky" by Here We Go Magic from The January EP

Here We Go Magic, with openers AroarA (made up of members of Broken Social Scene and BSS spinoff band Apostle of Hustle), hit the Schubas stage on Monday, May 9 at 8pm. 21+. Tickets are $12. Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

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