Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Lincoln Hall: Live review and photo gallery
Photos: Nick Foli
Beginning their set with “40 Day Dream,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes delivered whimsical sounds to a glowing audience who sang along as if it was the national anthem to their bizarre, magical mystery world. With the release of their self-titled, debut album last summer and a year of relentless touring, the band is gaining recognition not only for the enormity of their band (10 musicians crowd the stage), but for the “love will heal the world” hippie logic pervading every song.
Lead singer Alex Ebert plays his alter ego Edward Sharpe to a T, a messianic figure with a traveling caravan of musical, flower children followers. Spinning words around the audience like rainbows Sharpe proclaimed, “Let’s erase the illusion, that line in your mind between you and I” as he grounded his mystical persona long enough to dance his way through the swooning audience.
While Sharpe’s incense and wild flower stage act can seem eye-rollingly overdone at times, the chemistry between singers, and ex lovers, Ebert and Jade Castrinos is perhaps the troupe’s most intriguing element. Pint-sized Castrinos with her larger-than-life, sultry blues voice still gazes adoringly at Sharpe during the smash hit “Home”, an ode to their once-sizzling former love affair. Whether the two are still an item isn’t the question as, like every element of their theatrical performance, they manage to submerge the audience into their fantasy world of hugs, whistles, and tambourines. Bringing the show to an end with the eery “Desert Song”, Sharpe announced in his typical dramatic fashion, “Chicago, we shall meet again.” Judging by the cheers that followed and the cult like status of their current album it would be wise of Sharpe to keep his promise.