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Osheaga Wrapup: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Filed Under: Concert Reviews

Written by Brendan

Wednesday August 4, 2010

After a fairly disappointing show in Burlington earlier in the week, I had fairly low expectations for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at Osheaga. After all, if they seemed tired and uninspired on Tuesday, and didn’t have a break between then and their Saturday set, chances were they’d put on the same lackluster performance.

As an aside, and an introduction to the following photo, it amazes me when singers smoke cigarettes. It just seems like the two things are completely at odds with each other. Here, Jade Castrinos and bassist Aaron Older share a smoke backstage just prior to their set:

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Osheaga 7/31/10

Luckily for me, the band (and particularly lead singer Alex Ebert) were able to really turn it on for their Osheaga set. Their connection with the audience was so much better (it helped that Alex came out into the crowd for a bit), their energy as a band seemed so much more complete, and the music was spot on.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Osheaga 7/31/10

There was no sitting down for this one (thankfully, as the ground at the main stages was covered in gravel and rocks), but they didn’t need that kind of gimmick to get the crowd into the show. All in all, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros completely redeemed themselves in my eyes, and put on one of the best performances of the festival.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Osheaga 7/31/10

When the stage managers told Alex that it was time to wrap up their set, he wasn’t really into it, so they played another song. Jimmy Cliff, who was set to go on directly afterward at the adjacent main stage (an excellent setup, for what it’s worth), found his way over to give the band a hard time. After a few seemingly harsh words for Alex as he left the stage, the two of them hugged it out and Jimmy ran over to start his set.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Osheaga 7/31/10

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

2 Responses to “Osheaga Wrapup: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros”

  1. ryan says:

    Re: Smoking

    Actually, it isn’t at odds as you think, but I can see how it looks that way. Smoking actually exercises the lungs (the breathing in and out), so most likely wouldn’t hurt a singer’s ability, and in some ways, may actually help them (or something, who knows).

    I actually picked this up from diving. I found a lot of smokers who were divers (also an activity that heavily relies on breathing) had great air use (ie, don’t use much air on dives). Then, as soon as they quit, their air usage would spike up for awhile until they got adjusted again.

    That said, I’m sure in the long run that doesn’t hold true though.