Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros with We Are Each Other featuring Aaron Embry & Tyler James

When: Thu., July 8 2010

When I listen to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ Up From Below, I feel the same disconnect I do when I hear live recordings. There’s something about the combination of their ’60s-inspired hippie folk and the strong personalities of the band’s main vocalists — the single “Home” features some giddy shouting as the track fades — that begs to be experienced firsthand. And besides the fact that more than 10 people make up the enthusiastic Magnetic Zeros, Edward Sharpe himself is a leader worth investigating. Alex Ebert, who created and voices the messiah figure he calls Edward Sharpe, also headed Ima Robot, an early 2000s punk band that was more exemplary of a moment than built for timelessness. Ebert hit the nail on the head again with the Zeros, capitalizing on indie-rock’s folk revival and doing it with such unruliness and sincerity that we can’t blame him for it. The show promises to be loud, engaging, and filled with characters that should be both seen and heard. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros play Minglewood Hall Thursday, July 8th. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15 in advance. — Halley Johnson

Halley Johnson

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