On Monday April 11th, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, now branding themselves solely as The Magnetic Zeros, played a sold out show at The Independent. As this was a brief tour of small venues in advance of their new album, PersonA, that Friday, it was a short set.

Though short, this was The Magnetic Zeros on an upward peak. After a split with their female members in 2014, things weren't looking great for the band. However, their new efforts to ditch the Edward Sharpe "persona" and rebrand with a slightly different style of music, we can confidently say that they're back. The band played all 10 songs off the soon-to-be-released Persona and then came back for a brief encore with hits "Man on Fire" and "Om Nashi Me." The energy and passion for the new music was visible throughout the band and crowd.

I've seen The Magnetic Zeros probably 7 times live since their debut album was released in 2009 and they rarely disappoint. Frontman Alex Ebert provides an interactive experience that is relatively unmatched in the live industry. I remember my first Magnetic Zeros gig — he climbed the barrier and held my hand as he sang "40 Day Dream." I fell in love with the band that night.

Now out with a new album, we can't wait to see The Magnetic Zeros headline the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on July 11th. Tickets can be found

Photos by Sam Engel // Senior Staff