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

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 13, 2010

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