Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Cabooze, 6/25/13

Categories: Concert Review
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Photos by Nicole Oran
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
With The Giving Tree Band
The Cabooze, Minneapolis
June 25, 2013

The crowd at last night's Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show responded to singers Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos like they were a celebrity couple. No one believes they aren't really in love. Not the people screaming in the front row, not the couples making out in the back, not the security guards. Not even me. It's fair to say many lovers last night heard "their song."

As expected from previous shows, Ebert wasted no time before jumping off the stage and up on the barricades to share his disheveled and charming presence up close with the audience for the first song, "Man on Fire." And the sing-a-long anthems commenced.

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The amount of people at the outdoor concert area was almost absurd, as if the Cabooze could have been subject to a fire hazard citation. But a sold-out show tends to be congested, especially with post-storm humidity. Then again, it was a "more the merrier" situation on stage as well, with the extremely accessorized, long-haired bluegrass openers, the Giving Tree Band, made up of seven members.

The well-stocked crew of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros added even more with their sufficiently vast family of instruments. They even invited the openers to join them for a couple tunes at the end of the show, which made the stage look like an unorganized class photo of a hippie football team.

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Luckily with the bohemian goodness of Edward Sharpe, no one was opposed to touching each other or rubbing shoulders. It was even politely requested when at the end of "Home," Jade said softly, "Do you guys wanna try hugging the person next to you?"

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