Artist Of The Week: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Every week WERS highlights an artist we love in our Artist Of The Week series. This week we have picked Los Angeles, California based group Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros who have recently released a brand new album, Here.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are led by Alex Ebert, who formerly fronted the indie rock band, Ima Robot. Ebert formed Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros after he broke up with his girlfriend and joined a 12-step addiction program. He met singer Jade Castrinos and along with 11 or so other musicians, they recorded the debut Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros album, Up From Below, which was released in July 2009. The band drew inspiration from the 1970s and life in Laurel Canyon, California. Surprisingly, the album became a hit and spawned the successful singles “40 Day Dream” and “Home”, which reached number 28 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Tracks from the record were featured on Community, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl and in a Ford commercial.

Flash forward to 2012 and the band is back with their sophomore effort, Here. The new record has received positive reviews from critics and continues to expand on the folk and psychedelic sound that the band is known for. Here features the song “Man On Fire”, a current WERS favorite. WERS likes Here so much that we’ve picked it as our Album Of The Month for July. Make sure to listen in to WERS this Friday as we will be playing tracks from the album all day long and giving you a chance to win your very own copy of Here!

By Mariel Wade

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