Review + Photos: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Greek Theatre

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (photo: Joshua Huver) Edward Sharpe, the enigmatic character born out of the death of Alex Ebert's ego, is dead. Or dying. That's one of the possibilities Ebert is OK with fans interpreting the album art for the latest ESMZ album, PersonA. On the cover, the name Edward Sharpe is crossed out. What began as an outlet for limitless and unfettered self-expression for Ebert, slowly turned into the mask that he was trying to eschew. "At most, Edward Sharpe was a vehicle for me to get to slough off whatever I had become up until that point, and [...]

Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at America's Cup Pavilion

On Friday night, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made their first appearance in the area since Sean Parker's wedding, and while America's Cup Pavilion wasn't as ridiculous as Parker's Tolkien-themed nuptials, the temporary venue definitely had its share of oddities. A long wait at a restaurant combined with some odd people routing at the venue forced me to miss all but a pair of songs from Denton, Texas band Midlake, whose set was over just 40 minutes after the 8pm start time. I was a little worried how well the often somber band would handle such a large space [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ America's Cup

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros return to the Bay Area for a very special performance as part of the America's Cup 2013 Concert Series. The band just released their third album, the self-titled Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, this past July. The concert series takes place on Piers 27/29 in the evening, post-races -- more information and tickets are available via Ticketmaster. Want to win a pair of tickets to the show? To enter this contest, email with “Edward Sharpe Giveaway” in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the [...]

Review & Video: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ Greek Theatre, 9/7/12

The magical quality of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is that the SoCal folk pop band always seems to be making it up as it goes along. Whether it’s the setlist – frontman Alex Ebert always seems to be asking a band member what should be played next – to his between-song banter, to the created-on-the-spot soloing of individual musicians including the local violinist stand-ins. All were on display Friday night at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Ebert, vocalist-guitarist Jade Castrinos and their large crew were in midseason form, as was their controlled ramshackle pop show, as they flawlessly [...]

Interview: Edward Sharpe's Nora Kirkpatrick discusses 'Here,' touring, and the album after the new one

A 1,500-foot-long vintage streamlined 1948 California Zephyr train. Two weeks. Three bands with their own unique sounds, riding the rails. Jamming, recording, playing a concert here and there. That was the idea behind the Railroad Revival Tour. Last spring, Los Angeles indie collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, London folk group Mumford & Sons and Nashville bluegrass ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show embarked on a trek from Oakland through the Southwest and Texas, before coming to an end in New Orleans. As the members of the three bands mingled, their bonding was recorded for a now-critically lauded documentary, Big [...]

Live This Month: October 2009 (Podcast #184)

[podcast][/podcast] Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged's podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Out today on True Panther, Gay Singles is a collection of recent 7" singles from Hunx and his Punx ("U Don't Like Rock N Roll"). Hunx is currently on the Shattered Records tour, which [...]

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