Like David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Edward Sharpe is the mythical creation of singer Alex Ebert (also of Ima Robot). Originally taken from an unfinished novel written by Ebert, Sharpe is a messianic character whose mission to save mankind is constantly interrupted by his falling for cute girls. Ebert teamed up with Jade Castrinos to make Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, a band that distracted us all in 2010 with the hopelessly infectious "Home." Typically a more underground, folk-boogie band, the Zeros garnered tons of notoriety with the song, including stints on Letterman and NPR. The band refuses to be left in the dust as a one-hit wonder, though, hitting South by Southwest to promote Big Easy Express, the tour documentary shot during its run with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. The band's next effort, its highly anticipated sophomore release Here, is due in stores May 29.
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