Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
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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