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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are no strangers to tugging on heartstrings. The band's breakout hit, "Home," mixed a penchant for old-timey twang and an undeniable hook, establishing Sharpe and his troupe as one of the premier folklove acts of the decade. But the pseudonym Edward Sharpe holds even more potency for its creator. The story goes lead singer Alex Ebert created the character of Edward Sharpe as a protagonist who wishes to spread a message of peace to world, but keeps falling in love instead. And Ebert's messianic character has taken him far-- through the trials of addiction, to recovery, to the formation of his band. Their new album Here finds a more collaborative environment, with the band struggling with the balance between success and maintaining the spark that prompted them to make music in the first place.

In the first video of our series profiling the band with pieces of a "Live at Noon", WXPN performance in Philadelphia, Ebert discusses the shaping of the band's music and their collaborative spirit, and the band performs "I Don't Want To Pray" off the new album.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in Los Angeles in 2007. They released their debut album, Up From Below, in July 2009 on Community Music. The album has sold over 275,000 copies in the US, and charted on iTunes for 69 straight weeks. With its unique and universal appeal, their hit single Home soared to over 775,000 downloads. After intensive touring throughout 2009-2011, including hit appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have proven themselves to be a touring force to be reckoned with. In March 2011, the troupes lead singer Alex Ebert released his solo debut album, Alexander, on Community Music, which was written and recorded during breaks from being on tour as a part of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The album includes ten brand new songs that Alexander wrote and played entirely himself. In April 2011, the band embarked on the Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show where the band traveled exclusively in vintage railcars across the American Southwest for a week and played concerts at unique outdoor locations along the route. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros actively support Water Wells For Africa, Charity Water, APJ Now, Hope Campaign and Voice Project. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release their second studio album on Community Music / Vagrant Records on May 29, 2012. - via JamBase

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