Don’t ask me where the momentum came from, because quite frankly I don’t really know, but Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are pretty huge by indie standards today. I can’t recall a whole lot of blog love for them when their “Up From Below” album came out, but people have caught on to the band, either via the use of their songs in commercials or on the radio. They were a hot attraction at this year’s Lollapalooza, so much so that when I tried to go see them the crowd on the side stage was so big I left after 5 minutes of not being able to see anything. But this live session from them is good enough that no visual assistance is needed to fully enjoy it. The band plays a few songs from their album, including a reworked version of “40 Day Dream” that’s still pretty damn good. In some respects you could also call this an acoustic session, so if that intrigues you even more then please download away. There is a brief interview to go along with these songs, and that’s up for streaming via the link below. They talk about the film project they’re working on, how they survive life on the road in a bus, and a number of other things. Pretty solid on the whole.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Live on MPR 8-13-10:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream (Live on MPR)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home (Live on MPR)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Fiya Wata (Live on MPR)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below (Live on MPR)