But, no, that’s not it. It’s something more: Right band, right time, right place (that place being a vast sea of American Idol puffery) giving the the Mystix a, well, mystical aura of inevitability. You listen to them play and find yourself smiling to yourself, pondering the inexplicable connection and thinking, “I don’t know what they call it, but that’s what you do to me,” to steal a line from “Down by the Shore,” their latest album. Which they will be giving away — no, seriously — to ticketholders at their show at the Firehouse this week. Yeah, that's right — giving it away. Why? Because they’re such nice guys? Nah. Not that they’re not nice guys. But also because they figure once you get a taste, you’ll come back for more. “Seeing — and hearing — are believing” says Lily.
So, you needed an excuse to check out these guys? Well, there is is. They take the Arakelian Theater stage at 8 p.m. July 3. Tickets are $18, $15 for Firehouse members. Log onto www.firehouse.org or call 978-462-7336 to reserve a ticket. If you you don't know the music and want to dip your toes in the water, check out www.themystix.com.