Last night Magic Man headlined once again at the infamous 9:30 Club in Washington DC. The New England based duo, Alex Caplow and Sam Lee, are taking a break from writing their next album to go on the Hotline Spring tour with Panama Wedding and The Griswolds. The audience was treated to a couple of those new tracks last night in the form of “Sleepwalking” and “Young Blood”. Both were a part of the same sound as Before The Waves which made them feel right at home with fans. It’s still too early to see if they will be as big of a hit as “Paris” and only time will tell that one.
It was good to see that even though the band has changed its line-up from the last 9:30 show, they haven’t lost their magic touch (Sorry, I had to make at least one pun!). Every song sounded exactly as it did with the old line up if not better. Alex seems more energetic than ever before, something I didn’t think possible, and Sam seems more front and center which is a nice to see. The two created an electric sound and energy that made a more memorable show than the last performance in DC. Even with a couple of technical problems, it didn’t seem to phase the crowd just because of how into their performance the crowd was.
Magic Man performed the usual string of songs with a couple of surprises. They covered Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”. The addition of Magic Mans signature synths to this classic fit really well and The Boss would have been proud of it, keeping it original while still holding the signatures that made it such an iconic song in the first place. Magic Man finished their set with Paris which got the entire venue moving . For the last song of the set they were joined with Panama Wedding and The Griswolds for a cover of R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)”. You wouldn’t think that any of these bands could pull off that cover on their own but somehow together they make it a real crowd pleasing moment. Also the addition of the other bands is fantastic! It is nice seeing bands that tour together, perform together. It creates a memorable music moment that cannot be recreated unless the same bands tour together again. Also nothing is better than seeing artists collaborate with other artists to create something great for their fans.
If you want to catch this stellar cover or any of the other songs Magic Man sings, you can grab tickets for the rest of the tour here. Also be sure to follow them on social media to find out any new tid-bits on the new album. For more pictures from the show, see the gallery below.
Photos: Owen Paterline Photography