Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Magic Man

Magic Man

Panama Wedding, Tigertown

Mon, March 16, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

This event is all ages

Magic Man
Magic Man
You don't get this kind of immediacy in music much anymore, not in a band that can play with such precision. You rarely see a five-piece just a few years out of college playing with the gifted focus of consummate professionals while also throwing themselves around stage with the abandon of kids at a punk show in someone's friend's basement. Magic Man — and particularly frontman Alex Caplow — leave themselves on the stage, roughing up their tight, euphoric pop anthems and giving up everything as they simultaneously invite you in.

In a way the band's been two decades in the making. Alex and his childhood friend Sam Lee met in preschool grew up playing in bands together and stayed close through college, when they started a new project while working on a farm in Europe one summer. Now they're living a particularly lucid version of that childhood dream — playing summer amphitheaters all over the country with three of their friends (Gabe Goodman, Justine Bowe, Joey Sulkowski), their debut single "Paris" a staple on alternative radio, a publishing deal with Dr. Luke. It's telling of the unlikely but inherent intimacy of their hook-heavy rock songs that their fans are superbly loyal; the atmosphere at each performance is one of vitality and recognition, the audience responding as if they were witnessing the Bruce Springsteen of their era, those stadium-size guitar riffs reimagined for a generation raised on synth.

Magic Man's music at its best creates a sense of weightless promise. Album standouts like "Waves" and "Catherine" are effortless, epic and delivered without pretense, and the band's full-length debut Before The Waves is built on a rare mix of innocence and experience. It — along with Magic Man's widening tour orbit — serves as something of a statement of intent for the band: they're here to keep doing this, turning every show into something singular, reckless, comfortable, and real.
Panama Wedding
Panama Wedding
Spending his nights walking the streets of New York City from his Flatiron recording studio down to his East Village apartment, things finally came into focus for Peter Kirk. After several years of working an 11-hour day job in finance, Kirk left to pursue his passion—music. As Panama Wedding, Kirk has channelled all of the challenges and risks that come from leaving your steady job into his music. Following the release of its debut EP Parallel Play, Panama Wedding is back with a more cohesive set of tracks collaborating again with producer/mixer Andrew Maury (RAC, Atlas Genius, Ra Ra Riot).

From the eponymous middle track “Into Focus” which lyrically depicts Kirk’s struggles trying to balance a demanding job while pursuing his dreams “I’ve been working all day long /I’ve been working out of my mind / waiting for my thoughts to shape into focus” to its first single “A Brand New Life” conveying the expectations and emotions of growing older “I didn’t know this was the ending I was sold,” Into Focus is Kirk’s most personal & sincere work to date.

Before the start of Panama Wedding, the Sea Cliff, Long Island native had spent years as a musician, growing up as a classically trained pianist. Music remained a hobby that he pursued by recording in his bedroom with friends and later in his Manhattan studio that he rented to explore writing and recording further. Kirk started to become more serious about making music when he would go to his studio every night for three years after his long workdays, tinkering with different sounds and honing in on his electro-pop craft.

In early 2014, things changed for Kirk. He signed with Glassnote Records—home to best-selling artists like CHVRCHES, Phoenix, and Mumford & Sons. That same year Panama Wedding released its first EP, Parallel Play, which was met with viral success. Singles “All of the People” and “Uma” have collectively amassed over 12 million streams on Spotify alone. Since his debut EP was released, Panama Wedding has played sold-out shows with the likes of St. Lucia, RAC, and Smallpools, played the summer festival circuit, and also landed a coveted TV performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“It’s funny – last year was amazing, but I still feel like we’re just getting started,” says Kirk. “There’s so much new music I’ve recorded that I’m so excited to share with everyone.” Now with two EPs under his belt, Panama Wedding isn’t slowing down. Look out for a full-length coming in 2016.
Tigertown
Tigertown
Tigertown is an emerging indie outfit from Australia known for their driving beats, sweet harmonies and tribal-themed costumes. They have toured with the likes of Husky, Matt Corby and Emma Louise.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123