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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed song from their two albums at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. (John Bartol)

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros In Concert

May 10, 2012 (WXPN-FM)

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The fabulously invigorating folk collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, which broke out in 2009 with the catchy single "Home," is an 11-member collective revolving around singer Alex Ebert. Ebert started the group after creating a fictional, messianic character named Edward Sharpe as he dealt with his own addiction and life changes. The result is mesmerizing: With a school bus converted to a tour bus, back-porch and otherwise improvised instrumentation, and a big communal folk sound, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros quickly became a worldwide sensation. The band's sound calls to mind The Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on its psychedelic, rocking, bluegrass-inflected neo-folk.

On May 29, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release a follow-up to 2009's Up From Below. It doesn't disappoint: Here is the work of a group that know how to collaborate, how to live together and how to share a utopian vision in the most relatable of ways. Here, the band performs a concert from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, recorded on May 11, 2012.

Set List

  • "I Don't Wanna Pray"
  • "40 Day Dream"
  • "Fiya Wata"
  • "Man On Fire"
  • "Child"
  • "Home"
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