Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Bands from Los Angeles are usually anything but subtle. Maybe it's the Hollywood culture or maybe it's just something in the water, but now we have the 11-piece juggernaut Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros on our hands, following an ever-growing list of recent L.A. bands (Silversun Pickups, Moving Units, the Airborne Toxic Event, etc.) to unapologetically wear their influences on their sleeves while never sounding like full-on rip-off artists. With Sharpe and company, led by former Ima Robot lead singer Alex Ebert, we are presented with a band who took elements from West Coast psychedelia and '70s funk and created a suntanned, less chilly version of the Arcade Fire. Sure, you're familiar with the story, but it's never been told quite like this before. Also making waves lately are Laurel Canyon contemporaries Dawes, who trade in dirtied-up folk rock in the vein of Neil Young and recorded their debut, North Hills, on analog tape to further the overall aesthetic. The digital age may be here to stay, but the world will always have room for bands that take great elements of the past and find fantastic new ways to present them—and above all else think in an album mentality, not just two singles and a truckload of filler. 18+. (Photo by Tristan Loper)
Sun., June 6, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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