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Magic Man performs at The Grove and opens up about Los Angeles crowds

Boston natives, Magic Man took the stage at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA as part of The Grove Summer Concert series. The band played to a packed crown on Wednesday, July 9th. The show lasted less than an hour and was a great teaser for their first ever-headlining tour.

Magic Man with journalist, Jason Ikeler
Jason Ikeler

Their new album, Before The Waves was released the night before, and has received high praise from critics. Rolling Stones describes their sound as, “Blending synth-pop with modern rock. Referencing the electric-meets-electronic sound.” Comparable to The Killers or Capitol Cities, their choruses are big enough to fill an arena with hooks reminiscent of Cold Play. Before The Waves reached #5 on the iTunes Alternative charts, and the single "Paris" went all the way to #1 on Sirius Alt -18 count down two weeks in a row.

The band was very relaxed as they talked to before their show. When asked to compare Los Angles crowds to other places, lead vocalist, Alex Caplow joked that, “People are prettier and more made up and the weather’s beautiful.” Keyboardist and vocalist Justine Bowe chimed in saying, “Everybody’s got good legs, and they’re always out.”

This chemistry as friends and the way that they finish each others sentences carries over into their live performances. It’s not necessarily an easy feat to win over an audience at an outdoor mall, but in an age where most people are glued to their cell phones, Magic Man managed to captivate even the passerby’s who were just their for shopping.

They ended the show with a crowd sing-a-long of "Paris," and one thing’s for sure is that everyone wanted more. Which is possible, after their first headline tour wraps, Magic Man will hit the road with Panic! At The Disco and Walk The Moon.

When asked how they approach opening for other acts versus headlining, Caplow explained to AfterBuzz TV that, “The Headline show is twice as long…it’s definitely more of a workout, more exhausting. But, the opening show’s we’re playing…arenas for thousands of people, so it’s more intense in that way. So they’re different but equally fun.”

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