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The fabulously invigorating folk collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, which broke out in 2009 with the catchy single "Home," is an 11-member collective revolving around singer Alex Ebert. Ebert started the group after creating a fictional, messianic character named Edward Sharpe as he dealt with his own addiction and life changes. The result is mesmerizing: With a school bus converted to a tour bus, back-porch and otherwise improvised instrumentation, and a big communal folk sound, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros quickly became a worldwide sensation. The band's sound calls to mind The Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on its psychedelic, rocking, bluegrass-inflected neo-folk.

On May 29, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release a follow-up to 2009's Up From Below. It doesn't disappoint: Here is the work of a group that know how to collaborate, how to live together and how to share a utopian vision in the most relatable of ways. Here, the band performs a concert from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, recorded on May 11, 2012.

Set List

  • "I Don't Wanna Pray"
  • "40 Day Dream"
  • "Fiya Wata"
  • "Man On Fire"
  • "Child"
  • "Home"
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