Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

There's a new attitude in psychedelic pop this decade — think big, as in lots of people sharing the stage. We've seen a growth of grand-sounding assemblages with large, free-floating memberships like Polyphonic Spree, Lansing-Dreiden, and Henri Fabergé and the Adorables. But none have imbued their naturally large sound with a personal intimacy like Alex Ebert's shambolic, Los Angeles–based 10-piece act Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Edward Sharpe is Ebert's messianic persona. He once noted that Sharpe was sent "to kinda heal and save mankind ... but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." That kind of confessionalism shades the Zeros' compelling 2009 debut, Up from Below, making it more complex than the get-happy sing-along it first appears to be.
Sat., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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