Magic Man + New Politics @ Aladdin Theatre

Written by on March 7, 2014

Last Tuesday, February 25th, New Politics and Magic Man took the stage at the Aladdin Theatre. Magic Man was the opening act and it was their first time in Portland. They have been described as a “triumphant synth rock band” from Boston, Massachusetts and this description could not be any more accurate. As an up-and-coming band, Magic Man has already toured with bands such as Walk the Moon and Sir Sly, and will soon be going on the road with Panic! At the Disco. Before this show, I had already seen Magic Man twice and I have to say, they did not disappoint this time. Seeing them live in Portland differed very much from the last two times I saw them in Washington, DC though. This show was neither sold out nor close to sold out. Although the crowd did not seem to be as enthusiastic about the opening act as I was, they tried their best to show some support. Magic Man started their set off with “Waves,” a song off of their 2013 EP, You Are Here . With Caplow’s explosive dancing and rock star-like presence, Lee’s catchy guitar riffs, Sulkowski’s precise drumming, Bowe and Radin’s essential, underlying synth and bass, it was nearly impossible not to be dancing to their music. The band played all five songs from their EP and played some new ones from their soon to be released album. The audience gradually warmed up to Magic Man and by their last song, “Paris,” it was obvious that Magic Man had won over the approval of the crowd. It has recently come to my attention that “Paris” has been gaining some attention through radio airplay but regardless, its surrealistic vibe and Caplow’s breathy vocals are what make it one of the best songs off of their EP.

When Magic Man left the stage, the crowd’s anticipation for New Politics grew. For those of you who don’t know, New Politics is an alternative rock band from Denmark consisting of David Boyd (lead vocals), Soren Hansen (vocals, guitar), and Louis Vecchio (vocals, drums). They tend to mix their music with Boyd’s break-dancing. To be honest, I did not originally care about seeing New Politics but as soon as they came on stage with their first song, “Give Me Hope,” off of their self-titled debut album, any doubts I had about the band’s talent disappeared. The entire venue was overwhelmed by the roar of applause and praise of the audience at the end of this first song. As the night progressed, the energy just increased and everyone was ecstatic. In addition to playing singles off of their albums, New Politics also covered hits such as Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and Justin Timberlake’s “My Love.” Between every few songs, Boyd would perform a dance routine and one could witness the awe and fascination of the crowd. These guys are more than just artists – they’re entertainers.

For their last song, New Politics surprised the crowd by bringing members of Magic Man out for the performance of their rebellious anthem “Yeah Yeah Yeah.” While the audience was banging their heads to this hit, lead singer, David Boyd, was jumping from place to place and was at one point, crouched on top of a speaker. Needless to say, the crowd did not want this song or night to end.

I came to this show for Magic Man and stayed for New Politics and this was honestly one of the best, if not the best, show I have ever attended. 10/10 highly recommend.

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