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Concert Review: Magic Man, Walk The Moon, and Panic! At The Disco at the LC

Miranda Rife Miranda Rife Concert Review: Magic Man, Walk The Moon, and Panic! At The Disco at the LCPhotos by Casey Rife.
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Last Tuesday night, Magic Man, Walk The Moon and Panic! At The Disco took the stage at the LC on a beautiful July evening. The line wrapped around the venue hours before the doors opened. Each of the bands had played the LC recently, Panic! in January of this year and Magic Man and Walk The Moon kicking off their tour together at the venue last fall. So many fans were returning after seeing one of the other shows.

When Magic Man took the stage at the LC under a year ago they were a new, nervous five-piece from Boston, playing the largest show of their careers. Since then they’ve released their debut album and shaken their nerves. They put on an excellent show, engaging most of the crowd. The pit was packed and there was lots of dancing to their poppy, upbeat tunes. They played a relatively long set for opening band.

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Next up was Ohio band Walk The Moon. The group hails from Cincinnati and consistently puts on the most enjoyable live show I’ve ever seen. Walk The Moon is always all smiles, dance moves, and positive energy. I’ve never seen a band look as genuinely happy to be on stage performing as Walk The Moon does. Each song they play is even better than the next and though a show of hands requested by the band revealed that a large majority of the crowd had never seen them before, an even larger majority danced their way through the whole set. The band played two brand new songs from their upcoming sophomore album, though they’ve yet to release a title or date.

Though many fans who came to see Panic! At The Disco where very young, the band themselves has been around for a number of years, playing their first show at the LC in 2005. The band has gone through a number of changes since their inception, the most notable of which being a split in 2008 that left the band with half of it’s early members. After the groups second album, Pretty. Odd., on which they played a completely different, folksy sound and dropped the exclamation point from their name, creative difference ended with original members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker leaving to form a new group called The Young Veins. Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith took back the exclamation point and went on to release Vices & Virtues. They later added bassist Dallon Weekes and released their latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! in 2013.

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When the band took the stage there was an abundance of flashing lights and screaming teenage girls. In their first three songs, they hit three of the group’s four albums. They played track after track, eventually playing a song from every album as well as a rousing cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They seem to have taken a page out of the playbook of longtime tour mates, Fall Out Boy, who are also performing a Queen cover on their most recent tour. The group has also taken tips from Columbus band Twenty One Pilots. Front man Urie did several backflips and has been quoted saying that he decided he needed to kick it up a notch and learn to do them after seeing Twenty One Pilots backflip while on tour together.

Overall, the show was great and I would encourage anyone to catch any or all of these bands live the next time they are in town.

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