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Arts and Entertainment

Here We Go Magic, Beach Fossils @ the Troubadour 07/29/10

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One of my favorite LA venues, The Troubadour, has been killing it with booking excellent bands as of late. First we were treated to Stars doing all of The Five Ghosts a few weeks ago, and then Beach Fossils and Here We Go Magic as a double bill? Great summer line-ups for lazy days.

Beach Fossils brought its irresistible charm as a welcome opener, spinning surf rock in the same vein as Surfer Blood and Best Coast (we're not complaining). Adorable kids with cute melodies and a fan base that had multiple inquiries into our date's old school Grizzly Bear t-shirt. Endearing as all get out.

But like most things a bit saccharin, a salty tempering is welcome and direly needed. Enter the amazing everything that is Here We Go Magic. Thankfully, they didn't leave summer jam Collector until the end, as it's been soundtracking the last three months in a profound and lovely way, great for foggy and heat-ridden mornings alike. Everything about Pigeons is amazing, in the same way that Ariel Pink's Before Today is - something emotional and compelling (Round and Round, anyone?) that is both new and familiar. Kinda perfect.