It’d have been easier to dismiss Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros as another flash-in-the-pan, overhyped indie act — destined to overstay their welcome on the festival circuit and flame out into nonexistence. After all, they appeared to be blatantly contrived: Frontman Alex Ebert, the former mouthpiece of millennial punk flameouts Ima Robot, was now reincarnated as Edward Sharpe, the free-spirited, love-for-all shaman for this gaggle of Laurel Canyon troubadours. But with Here, the folk-pop crew proves their staying power, burning far longer than that stick of Nag Champa from undergrad. There’s substance to these jingly jams, and Sharpe — along with charming contributory turns from vocalist Jade Castrinos — leads the charge: whether via honky-tonk chug (“Man on Fire”), minstrelsy medicine-show mayhem (“That’s What’s Up”), ’70s AM-soul (“All Wash Out”) or even reggae (“One Love to Another”), there’s an unrequited love for melody no flimsy backstory could deny.
By Ryan Reed on 07.23.13 in Reviews
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros scored a sleeper hit with "Home," a whistling, journey-man folk charmer from their 2009 debut. They've gone on to tour with Mumford & Sons and ride the homespun-folk crest to widesp...
By Chris Roberts on 07.14.09 in Reviews
Edward Sharpe is the alter ego of Alex Ebert, former Ima Robot front-man, who has seen God — or something similarly uplifting — and metamorphosed into a bearded, robed, faux messiah. He's surrounded himse...
By Stephen M. Deusner on 12.05.12 in Reviews
The brother of actor Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait), Aaron Embry took his sweet time making his solo debut. The 36-year-old musician paid his dues as a sideman for an impressively diverse range of clients, including Dan...
By Louis Pattison on 02.26.15 in Features
The metal legends talk about their history through the prism of eight songs.