Last night, I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall. Feeding off of the energy of the jumping, calamitous crowd, they played one of the most engaged, boisterous shows I have seen in a long time. While they do have a reputation as a band that is best enjoyed live, inviting a quarter of the crowd onstage with them towards the end of the set takes audience interaction to a whole new level. They sounded amazing, Webster proved to be an ideal venue for their loud, jangly, folk rock sound. Dawes started the night off right with a stellar rendition of their single “When My Time Comes” before being joined on stage by some members of the Zeros to cover Joe Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” the theme song from The Wonder Years. It was the perfect summer show.
They are playing another show at Webster Hall tonight but, unfortunately, this one is sold out too. If you don’t have tickets yet, get out there on the street and try to find them, believe me it’s worth the effort. If you can’t get in, you could always go check out Dawes who are headlining at Maxwell’s tonight in Hoboken.