In Concert: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Last Friday, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros graced a frosty Toronto with its presence for a quick one hour show with all “proceeds from tickets sales going towards Virgin Unite and Virgin RE*Generation, a movement to support at-risk and homeless youth programs in Canada…” (Virgin Media Release)

They crowded the Mod Club’s decently sized stage with an army of musicians making it look quite minuscule. The band performs so naturally together like one collective organism. Alexander’s Jesus-like appearance only becomes more pronounced when his voice lights up the audience.

The group doesn’t come on the stage with any sort of set list or plan to perform, they often would feel out what the crowd wanted to hear or play what felt right for them to play at that moment, a true sign of great artists. Unfortunately for Toronto though, they teased the crowd by suggesting they would play some new songs that they were just recording in Louisiana, but then changed their mind saying we would have to go to the next show to hear their new music …Whores.

The highlight of the night came at the very end, when Alex jumped into the crowd and offered everyone to sit down around him while he sing ‘Brother’ with the help of the fans sitting next to him.

Also, for good measure, here is ‘Janglin’:


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