Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA, May 26
Published May 30, 2013Packing out the main stage fuller than Elvis Costello who followed them, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros created a magic, old-timey revival feel that made the day. They are worship through sound. Everyone on the hill was compelled to get to their feet, dancing around, making joyful noises, and clapping overhead. There was so much love coming from leader Alex Ebert that he said he ran out of banter. It was all too beautiful. The duet between Ebert and singer Jade Castrinos for "That's What's Up" seemed deeper than love, even though their physical relationship lasted only briefly, while their rendition of "I Don't Wanna Pray" turned it from a knee-slapping hootenanny to a slow, ecstatic sing-along. There was such power behind their sound, their music of implied faith that apparently doesn't subscribe to any one brand of monotheism. No matter what they personally believe, it's hard not to be moved by their conviction.