Magdalena Bay played their biggest show yet at Elsewhere (pics, video, setlist)
Los Angeles pop duo Magdalena Bay are in the midst of their first-ever headlining tour, supporting their great 2021 debut LP, Mercurial World, and they stopped in NYC on Friday night (2/18) for a show at Elsewhere. Their last NYC show was in October at Elsewhere's intimate Zone One space, but this time they played the much larger Hall, which was totally sold out, and the duo (who are joined by a drummer for the tour) said was their biggest show yet. They played Mercurial World in full, from beginning to end, for the main set, and had the crowd in the palm of their hands from the opening notes of "The End," bouncing and singing along.
To go with their exuberant performance -- which included highlights like the blissful transition from "Dawning of the Season" to "Secrets (Your Fire)," Mica Tenenbaum running into the crowd during "Chaeri," and the irresistibly upbeat "The Beginning," which Mica crowd-surfed during -- Magdalena Bay have constructed an ongoing narrative about an artificial intelligence that speaks through the LCD panel behind them. Unfortunately we weren't able to see it to its end on Friday night when their projections stopped working, but the interludes we did see elevated seeing the album performed in full to an even more enjoyable experience.
SOPHIE collaborator Cecile Believe (formerly known as Mozart's Sister) opened Friday night's show with a set heavy on addictive pop vibes. See pictures from the whole night, and Magdalena Bay's setlist, along with a few fan-taken video clips, below.
Along with their headlining and festival dates (including This Ain't No Picnic and Treefort Music Festival), Magdalena Bay were just added as support to a few dates of Charli XCX's tour, along with Baby Tate, an excellent triple bill.
SETLIST: MAGDALENA BAY @ ELSEWHERE, 2/18/2022 (via)
Dawning of the Season
Secrets (Your Fire)
Something for 2
Follow the Leader
Killshot/Killshot - Slowed + Reverb
Only If You Want It