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Alexander Ebert is best known for his band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a folk band with a dozen members. His latest project is the score for All Is Lost, a film about one man lost at sea. Stewart Cole/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' new, self-titled album comes out July 23. Nora Kirkpatrick /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

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Singer Alex Ebert explains the origin of the band's name, which evolved from a childhood superhero fantasy.

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Music Interviews

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Are 'Here'

David Greene profiles the 12-member indie-folk band, which just released its second album, Here. It's the first of two albums the group will release this year.

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All Songs Considered

Memorable Moments From The Tiny Desk

This week, All Songs Considered looks back at three and a half years of live music at the NPR offices.

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