Dream pop duo Magic Wands formed in Nashville as a collaboration between Dexy and Chris Valentine. After managing a long-distance relationship, Dexy eventually relocated from Los Angeles to join Chris in Nashville where the band initially took shape with the release of their Blondie-esque debut single "Teenage Love" in 2008. During their cross-country courting period, an actual magic wand was gifted through the mail inspiring the band's name. That same year, the two song Black Magic/Kaleidoscope Hearts single was released on London indie Ark Recordings. The band eventually struck a deal in the U.S. with California label Bright Antenna who released their Magic Love & Dreams EP in 2009. The following year their track "Warrior" was remixed by British indie pop group the xx and soon Magic Wands had relocated back to the West Coast, settlind down in Los Angeles. Their debut album, Aloha Moon, finally arrived in 2012 to considerable acclaim, raising their profile and landing them opening slots for acts like the Black Keys, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Kills. Expanding their lineup to include a live rhythm section, Magic Wands returned in early 2016 with their sophomore LP, Jupiter. ~ Timothy Monger
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