Edward Sharpe is the second coming. He enters prophetically, bare-chested and shoeless, backed by his disciples: The Magnetic Zeros.
The gang brings their folk-rock revival to Portland's Holocene on Thursday, September 17th as part of MusicfestNW.
Altogether, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros stand 10 strong with tangled locks that shroud painted faces brimming with whimsical grins.
Shows are divine events with crowds singing along to anthems like "Janglin" and "40 Day Dream" that recall a foregone time of folky optimism, also visible in the band's hippie ethic: touring in a revamped school bus with their name emblazoned on the side.
Forming in L.A. in 2005, the band released their debut album Up from Below in July after lead singer Alex Ebert ditched his rock star lifestyle and former band Ima Robot, met fellow vocalist Jade Castrinos, and started something more organic.
Ebert and Castrinos bounce lyrics back and forth on duets like "Home" with its catchy twang that'll make you whistle along feeling warm inside.
Keeping with their peace and love mantra, the album's recording also harks back to another era. It was recorded live with 12 artists playing together on a 24-track tape machine from the 70's creating a raw performance in a familial atmosphere.
So come all ye faithful for $10. Show starts at 9 PM with Local Natives followed by The Entrance Band and Amazing Baby culminating with the la-la-la's of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at the stroke of midnight.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ 12 PM
Local Natives @ 9 PM
The Entrance Band @ 10 PM
Amazing Baby @ 11 PM
Holocene : 1001 SE Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97214
Cost : $10 or MFNW wristband
21 and over
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