Alex Ebert, former rapper/garbler for Ima Robot, brings conceptual loftiness to blazing new heights with his latest project, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; the double-digits psych-pop troupe sprung from Ebert's idea of a modern Jesus-like figure destroyed by mortal temptations. Onstage at this year's Bonnaroo Festival, the highfalutin' premise rang more Tower of Babel, with a fully disoriented Ebert whipping his rasta beehive and mewling through most of 2009's Up From Below as trust-fund hippies helicoptered their Band of Outsiders scarves. Still, the Los Angelenos power on via their Laurel Canyon languidity, Cyrus trailer-approved hit single "Home," and Ebert's imperious cult charisma: Think Charles Manson meets Chris Carrabba meets . . . a scarf. With We Are Each Other.
Wed., July 21, 8 p.m., 2010
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.