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Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Free Concert

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Thursday, June 2

Edward Sharpe is the messiah and the magnetic zeros are his disciples. Contrary to what some might believe though, Sharpe is not a real person, he only exists as an idea, says Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros leader Alex Ebert. This is not a character he plays or an alter ego; it is the concept behind the entire band. The tight knit group—ranging from nine to 13 members, depending on the performance—formed in 2007 after Ebert went through a massive lifestyle change: He sought help for a drug problem, broke up with his long time girlfriend, and ended his former band, Ima Robot. Sleeping on the floor of a friend’s apartment for months, Ebert conceived of the idea of Edward Sharpe, a messiah who wanders down the wrong path. The large group of musicians—Ebert as lead vocalist, guitarist Nico Aglietti, Stewart Cole on trumpet, pianist Aaron Embry, bassist Airin Older, Josh Collazo on drums, accordion player Nora Kirkpatrick, auxiliary percussionist Orpheno McCord, and additional vocalist Jade Castrinos—quickly started recording material in what they call a “communal writing and recording process,” a drastically different process than Ebert’s prior, isolated, bedroom recording sessions. What resulted from these group recording and bonding sessions were 15 sprawling, indie-pop tracks that would make up their 2009 album Up From Below. Songs like “40 Day Dream” and “Home” reveal desert settings and western themes that play throughout the album and into the band’s music videos, which coincide to visually tell their story. Catch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros when they open up this season’s Thursday at the Square concert series with a free concert in Lafayette Square on Thursday (June 2). —cory perla

5-9pm. Lafayette Square ( Free.

Click here to check out some video from the show.