Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Dave Matthews Band Caravan, Friday 8
Some might call Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes' late afternoon set at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan cathartic. Others might dub it sloppy and lethargic. Whatever the case, after two years of touring the same 13 songs, it was clear that the band was ready to move on.
Bearded lead singer Alex Ebert started off the group's set with a burst of energy, immediately jumping into the pit and leading the crowd in a rendition of the aptly named "Janglin." From there, he spent the majority of the set lazily pacing the stage, stopping songs midstream with the intent of telling a story and then trailing off without warning. There wasn't much more energy expended by the other nine people on stage—one of the only saving graces was a performance of "40 Day Dream" whose stomping meter at least managed to get some feet shuffling under the beating, late-day sun.
Ebert prefaced breakout single and perennial indie-film-trailer track "Home" by revealing that this was the last show of the band's two-year tour in support of Up From Below. It may have been a generally crowd-pleasing showing from the group, but the Magnetic Zeroes' era-ending performance, perhaps inevitably, left much to be desired.