the backstory: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Get Festive

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Working the festival circuit this summer is LA’s crazy hazy jam band, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. The ten-to-twelve member band, which tours the country barefoot in a white school bus and frequently sheds pieces clothing throughout its sets, is the type of band that you’d least expect to partner with a big brand. However, the band’s most popular song “Home” is being featured in Microsoft’s new marketing campaign to promote the Kin. That ruins it for CNET’s Matt Rosoff, which is lame, but I know what he means.

In an interview this week prior to a Zeros set at Coachella, band leader Alex Ebert spoke with a reporter from the San Diego Union Tribune.

“People seem to need what we stand for, which is celebration. And there’s a bizarre drought of bands who have those qualities.”

Jam band, folk and indie rock fans all dance to the Zeros. “Home” is a great song, but every track on Up From Below is a party, which is why Cochella will be followed by Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Telluride, High Sierra, Newport, Lollapalooza and other gatherings of hairy unshowered people holding hands.  Check out the Small Desk and Letterman clip below for a taste.

  • May 1 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
  • May 26 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
  • May 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
  • May 29 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
  • May 31 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
  • June 1 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
  • June 2 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
  • June 4 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
  • June 6 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
  • June 7 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
  • June 8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
  • June 9 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
  • June 11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
  • June 14 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
  • June 15 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
  • June 16 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
  • June 18 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
  • June 19 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
  • June 21 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company
  • June 22 – Tempe, AZ –  Clubhouse Music Venue
  • July 1 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival
  • July 31 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts   
  • Aug 1 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
  • Aug 7 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

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Interview w/San Diego Union Tribune