Out and About: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Solar One
    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    Last night I faced a serious dilemma. One of the most stressful aspects of my job - having to decide which concert to cover - came into play at an all-time, lethal level. You're probably thinking, "Oh wah! Cry about it! You get to cover concerts #firstworldproblems," but on Tuesday night, New York City hosted some truly spectacular acts that each performed in their own unique settings. There's often a sense that you're missing out when you pass up one show for the other. Last night, however, I knew I made the right decision.

    As I approached the bulbous Solar One tent situated beneath FDR Drive on the East River, I knew the night would be special. How many times would I ever get a chance to see this band perform in such an intimate setting for such an amazing group of true fans? Oh, and I forgot to mention, the band was the enigmatic Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. After releasing their new self-titled record on the world yesterday, Alex, Jade, and the entire jovial crew hosted a special celebration for their fans. Speaking with a few in the audience, I found out that tickets to the show went on sale on Saturday, and nearly everyone had set their alarms so they'd be armed and ready to click "buy" when the clock struck go. Those who missed the click, together chartered a ferry that sat on the river and listened from afar. They were all true fans. They weren't the casual concert goers looking to hear "Home" before heading home themselves. They actually knew the band's catalogue better than the group themselves. It was a rare site to see this band of such mainstream magnitude opening the first half of their show as a request forum. With the album released hours earlier, voices were heard yelling brand new song titles. "We don't really know how to play them all live yet," Alex Ebert admitted to the hundred or so audience members. "That's the funny thing about recording songs, you have to re-learn them to play them in a live setting." But the group coupled together a charming mix of classics like the always epic "Om Nashi Me" and the crowd-shaking "40 Day Dream", with a handsome collection of newbs like the soulful swaying single "Better Days" and the sure-to-be future crowd favorite "Let's Get High".

    This experience helped me realize that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are a band like no other in the current musical spectrum. While they often get pigeonholed as one of the many familial, barn-thumping folk bands, they are, in reality, a world apart. This is especially apparent on their new record which throughout is embedded with a palpable sense of soul. This is a new quality that seems to only invigorate the infectious charisma of this musical collective.

    Check out some photos from the concert, and be sure to get your copy of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros here.

    Fans on a boat...

    Alex takes an early crowd plunge...

    That moment you realize Dwight Schrute's ex gf is in the band...

    Watch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform songs off Here at World Cafe Live in Philly:

    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com

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