Catch the Magic Numbers on Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC

July 16, 2018

Two pairs of brothers and sisters—Michele Stodart (bass, vocals and keys) and Romeo Stodart (guitar and vocals) with Angela Gannon (melodica, percussion and vocals) and Sean Gannon (drums)—formed the Magic Numbers sixteen years ago in London, blending “the melodic experimentation of artists like the Flaming Lips and David Axelrod with the sweet harmonies of ’60s pop groups like the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Mamas & the Papas,” per AllMusic. Their first album, an eponymous release (stream it below), arrived in 2005. “On their self-titled, full-length debut, the Magic Numbers are easy for your mother, grandmother, older brother, kid sister and their American Idol–obsessed friends to love, too,” said Pitchfork. “Mostly, though, the Magic Numbers are just clean fun, from the banjo-like guitar romp of ‘Mornings Eleven’ to the uptempo, tambourine-crashing power-pop of ‘Love Me Like You.’” They’ve remained busy touring and recording ever since. Their fifth LP, Outsiders (stream it below), dropped this past May. “This is a full-blown adult contemporary pop record, in the best sense,” opined Drowned in Sound. “Maybe the Magic Numbers will never change the world, but the sheer intelligence and quality of their songs makes their corner of it a little bit brighter and better. Here’s hoping their time as outsiders is coming to an end.” Touring behind their new tunes, the Magic Numbers (above, performing “Sweet Divide” for BBC Music) play Rough Trade NYC tonight. Ypsilanti, Mich., trio Minihorse open the show.

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