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A musical high point of summer 2013 was undeniably the Friday night headlining set by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at XPoNential Music Festival. Below, watch videos of the band playing “Man on Fire” and “Janglin” from the set.
When Kyle Noone arrived at the XPoNential Music Festival on Friday evening, he was simply excited to see one of his favorite bands – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Little did the 13-year-old Cherry Hill drummer know, he’d be performing with them by the end of the night.
It all came about because singer / frontman Alex Ebert was losing his voice. So rather than talk between songs, he asked members of the crowd if they had any stories to tell. He got to Noone as the band began the opening vamp of “Home,” and the excited fan told Ebert “Honey is good for your voice” and “I’m your number-one fan, I bought your album the second it came out on iTunes, and I know all your songs on drums.”
“You play drums?” singer Jade Castrinos asked. “You should come and play some drums.”
Noone says he was in shock when he landed on stage.
“I was trying to look calm but on the inside I was happier than I have ever been in my life,” he tells us over email. “I was very nervous about messing up.” But he held it down, sitting behind Orpheo McCord’s drumkit and keeping the beat going on “Home,” launching into an explosive drum solo (you can see it at about the 3:11 mark of the video below) that had Ebert on his knees doing a “we’re not worthy” bow.
Running though a set of old favorites and new singles off their recent self titled album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros closed the night with their performance at the XPoNential river stage. Although needing help from the audience to finish their second song, “40 Day Dream,” the eccentric folk band kept spirits with various solo songs by the different members. Playing their best known single, “Home,” second to last, Alex allowed the audience to tell their own stories rather than him telling his and Jade’s tale. Jade and Alex then invited self proclaimed “number one fan”, Kyle, up to the stage to finish out the set on the drums. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros just came out with their self titled album this past Tuesday. See photos of the performance in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump, and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made an appearance at this years Firefly Music Festival, and hot on its tail is the XPoNential Music Festival, where the group is headlining Wiggins Park. With two amazing albums and a new one on the way, if you missed the large and lively band this past weekend, you’ll want to see them at the end of July. Below, you can hear the beautiful soul-tinged “This Life” off their upcoming self-titled album, and watch a couple videos of them at Firefly. Get tickets and find out more about this year’s XPoNential Music Festival here.
Wow, we saw so many bands at day two of Firefly Music Festival! To keep this recap from getting too unwieldy (since there’s a whole other day of the festival to get to), we’ll keep our thoughts to one or two sentences per artist.
Japandroids: two-piece garage punk is dicey in a festival setting, and the sound was muffled and muddy, but “The House that Heaven Built” ruled. Hi fives to all crowd surfers as they exited the pit.
Seattle’s string-laden Hey Marseilles was lush, pretty, but kind of boring. The handclap / crowd-participatory “Rio” saved their set.
Jim James‘ Regions of Light was transcendent in the close quarters of Johnny Brenda’s and Union Transfer; it lost a bit of its cosmic potency in open air. But James is still a tremendous performer, showman, dancer and must have been roasting in that suit with the afternoon heat.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was an energizing stage presence and had the crowd hanging on his every rhyme. Scotland dance pop trio Chvrches was also charismatic and fun (see them at Union Transfer tonight) while Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros got us excited for our own festival.
Next: a double shot of dynamic front women. Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs has always rocked the stage with an unbelievable energy, whether it was the Church basement for 300 people or this festival for 10,000 people; “Zero” was unreal, the inflatable eyeball bouncing around the crowd was a nice touch. And New York rapper Azealia Banks, backed by a DJ and two dancers, gave a spitfire performance of songs from her 1991 EP, her Fantasy mixtape and the (eventually) forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste.
Finally, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the day with an uneven but well-received performance. The singalong hits and moments where the Heartbreakers stayed focused a la “Love is a Long Road” were outstanding, but when the band lapsed into drivelly jams, not so much. Still, there’s no feeling like singing “Free Fallin'” at the top of your lungs with a field of people. Photos after the jump. Continue reading →
Although they just released their sophomore album last summer, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have been busy making a self-titled album, set for release July 23rd. The first single, “Better Days” is an incredibly positive song about good days that have come and gone and good days still to come. It’s got that same energetic large-band sound we’ve come to know and love from the group, but with a little bit more of a soulful (and rocking) sound than on their previous efforts. Today, the group released the nostalgic music video for “Better Days” with nods to the movies of days gone by with clips from Paris Is Burning, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Beat Street and an incredible flashback at the end of the video of Detroit dance music show legend Nat Morris. If this song didn’t already make you want to get up and dance, it certainly will now. Check out the song below and be sure to catch the band at this years Xponential Music Festival.
This just in from the XPoNential Music Festival programming depot – three artists have been added to the 2013 lineup. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, who entertained a jam-packed Wiggins Park with a lively set in 2010, will make their second XPoFest appearance. Also added are Bhangra fusionists Red Baraat and poppy indie singer-songwriter Matt Pond. Tickets are available here. Below, watch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play “Home” at XPoFest 2010, and after the jump, check out music from Matt Pond and Red Baraat.